VAJRAPANI


Bodhisattva Vajrapani is the embodiment of power of Lord Buddha’s compassion. He is always depicted in wrathful aspect.

Vajrapani’s body is blue in color and his hair having yellow ochre. He wears a tiger skin around his waits. He is usually depicted in two arms aspect but can be seen in four arm aspect too.

He is a major Bodhisattva easily recognized as holding vajra with his right hand and left hand displaying threating vitarka mudra. His body seems to be massive and in a pose of warrior. Under his feet, he controls two live snakes. He wears all sorts of Bodhisattva ornaments and also garland of snakes. He has a wide and wild roaring mouth rimmed and lacquered red lips. His eyebrows are like the flame and moustache and beard being curled.

Vajrapani is often depicted with Avalokiteshwara and Manjushree representing Buddha’s power of compassion (Vajrapani), the great compassion (Avalokiteshvara) and the great wisdom Manjushree.

Vajrapani’s wrathfulness, snake ornament and his pose as warrior all serve to convey the force and vitality of the enlightened energy as his combats ignorance, greed, fear and other delusions.

Vajrapani is said to be companion Bodhisattva of Buddha Shakyamuni. While Buddha was residing at Grid Hkuta hill, the site where Lord Buddha delivered Prajnaparamita doctrines, his jealous cousin Devadatt attempted to assassinate him. He sent a huge boulder rolling down the hill, but just as it was about to hit Buddha, Vajrapani appeared and split the boulders into pieces so that it could fall harmlessly near Buddha.

Another story is this that a Brahman called Ambattha was abusing Buddha with many vile and impure words. He saw Vajrapani appeared on the sky with his wrathful aspect. Terrified with Vajrapani, Brahman Ambattha confessed his evil deeds in front of Buddha Shakyamuni.