Amitayus or Buddha Aparimita


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Buddha Amitayu is very popular in bestowing long life upon the devotees.  He is red in colour.  His hands are in dhyani mudra and holds ambrosia vase (Skt. Amrit kalasha).  He usually wears all the ornaments of different kinds peculiar to a Sambhogakaya Buddha.  He is never depicted with any consort.  He wears a crown and has Ushnisha and Urakosh in his body.

Buddha Amitayus is invoked or worshipped for lengthening the life span of fast relief from deathful diseases or from moral danger.  In Nepalese Mahayana tradition the dharani of Buddhas Amitayus is often recited by the devotees in the presence of dying patients.  The recitation of dharsni is said to be efficacious when carried out in utter sincerity.  It is said that famous Mahayamika Buddhist philosopher Arys Nagarjuna had escaped his early death after recitation of this dharani one complete day and night.

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