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Chandra Mandala, distemper on cloth, Nepal. The paubha depicting the mandala of the moon god Chandra seated on a chariot, with his charioteer Ambara holding the reins of seven geese, surrounded by forms of the moon god, surrounded by a ring of deities representing the 28 Stars, the outer circle divided into 8 scenes relating to the cardinal points.
This portrait was created for the Riwoche Monastery in eastern Tibet, a branch of the Taklung Monastery, and is intended to invoke the spiritual lineage of the two monasteries. The central figure is not directly named; however, the name Jnanatapa, denoting a famous Indian mahasiddha (a “great perfected one,” one of the spiritual fathers of Tantric Buddhism), appears on a veil attached to the painting, and the deity presiding above the central figure is identified as Avagarbha
Early Tibetan Cakrasamvara Mandala. This painting depicts the mandala of Samvara, "the wheel of great bliss." At its center, the god Samvara embraces his consort, Vajravarahi ("the Adamantine Sow"). The god appears in his four-faced, twelve-armed form. Two arms stretch an elephant skin behind him, others hold the hand drum, hatchet, chopper, trident, ceremonial staff, skullcup, noose, and head of the Hindu god Brahma; he grasps the bell and vajra as he embraces vajravarahi...