Our Nepali master artisan created our Wrathful Vajrapani statue with the jewelry and crown of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the crown and jewels of your new Vajrapani statue with colored stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with special decoration before delivery.
One popular choice of color is turquoise, which is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes readiness to act. The stones will add to the visual appeal of the statue, depending on your personal preference. We also have a selection of red stones to choose from.
Theological Origin of Vajrapani
The existence of Vajrapani as a Dharma protector is acknowledged in both the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist schools. Indeed, Vajrapani is also referenced in the Pali Canon and he is well known as one of the highest ranking protectors of the Dharma. Most certainly, our wrathful Vajrapani statue represents one of the most venerable of the Buddhist protector deities. Additional titles given to Vajrapani in the sutras include “Great General of the Yakshas”. Click here to find Vajrapani’s place among the Buddhist Gods.
The Vajra Symbol of Wrathful Vajrapani
The name Vajrapani is a Sanskrit word that translates as “thunderbolt in the hand”. Therefore, our Vajrapani statue depicts him in his classic warrior pose wielding a vajra over his right shoulder. The vajra is an ancient symbol that originated in India and it was carried into battle by the highest ranking generals. However, in Buddhism it symbolizes the male aspect of compassion and skillful means. As such it is a symbol of courage for devotees forging a path through the vicissitudes of samsara.
Additional Features of our Vajrapani Statue
Vajrapani statues commonly depict him wearing a serpent necklace because he is protector of the nagas. Additionally, Vajrapani holds a lasso in his left hand which is used to strangle the demons of delusion. Generally speaking, the wrathful appearance of Vajrapani is meant to crush obstacles to spiritual realization. He also wears the skin of a tiger around his waist.
The burning flames of pristine awareness surround him and incinerate all neurotic mental states. Furthermore, he wears the skull crown that is adorned with the five skulls symbolizing the five poisons. The five insidious poisons in Buddhism are greed, hatred, ignorance, jealousy and pride. These five poisons have been converted into the five transcendent wisdoms. Furthermore, wrathful Vajrapani has three eyes which represent his knowledge of the past, present and future.