HALL OF WATER 水大之殿

Deities of the Lotus 莲花部诸尊

Chamber 3 第三堂

Padma-kundali 莲花军荼利明王 'Kundali of the Lotus',  also called the Vajra of Subduing. In the Lotus Section of the Garbhakosa Dhatu Mandala, he waits by the right side of Aryavalokitesvara. He is a Guardian Deity in charge of differentiating matters. His body is green, wearing celestial robes. He holds a lotus bud in the left hand and forms a fist resting on his thigh with the right, showing fierceness. This represents the ability to subdue obstacles preventing sentient beings from realizing their inherent Buddha nature. His Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam dhi sri ham bram svaha

 

Pratihari 奉教使者 or Servant of the Doctrine. She is only present in some rare versions of the Garbhakosa Mandala. If she is present she will be found waiting on the right of Bodhisattva Bhrkuti. Flesh-colored, she holds a lotus in the left hand & her right is clenched in a fist on her lap, representing strength of belief. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

 

Left: Tara-ceti 多罗使者 or Servant of Tara. Flesh-colored, waits on the left of Bodhisattva Tara in the Lotus Court, both hands clasping a lotus bud. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

Right: Padmakula-ceti 莲花部使者 or Lotus Servant. They are celestial servant girls devoted to the service of the deities of the Lotus Court. She waits on the right of Bodhisattva Gauri-mahavidya. Flesh-colored, she holds sword & lotus that represent wisdom & compassion. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

 

Left: Padmakula-ceti 莲花部使者 or Lotus Servant. This one waits on the right of Bodhisattva Laksma-mahavidya in the Lotus Court. Flesh-colored, her hands are clasped in Padma-anjali (lotus palms). Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

Right: Padmakula-ceti 莲花部使者 or Lotus Servant. This one waits on the right of Bodhisattva Yashodhara. Flesh-colored, she holds a golden dish with a half-bloomed lotus on it. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

 

Left: Tri-padmakula-ceti 莲花部三使者 or 3 Lotus Servants. These 3 wait on the right of Bodhisattva Maha-pratisara in the Lotus Court. All flesh-colored, the center one holds sword & lotus whereas the other 2 is clasped in Padma-anjali. Their Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

Right: Padmakula-ceti 莲花部使者 or Lotus Servant. This one waits on the right of Bodhisattva Gauri-mahavidya. Flesh-colored, she holds with 1 hand a golden dish with a half-bloomed lotus on it. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

 

Padmakula-ceti 莲花部使者 or Lotus Servant. This one waits on the right of Bodhisattva Bhogavati. Flesh-colored, she holds a golden dish with fresh flowers on it. Her Garbhakosa mantra is the same as Padma-kundali above.

 

Ratna-puja 宝供养女 or Jewel Offering, also known as the Vajra of Offering. They are Puja Devis, celestial beings presenting various offerings to the deities of the Lotus Court. The above Devi is kneeled to the right of Cintamani Avalokitevara, holding a gold plate with a Mani Jewel in it as her offering. Her fundamental vow is to offer Mani Jewels to all Buddhas in the 10 directions. Flesh-colored. Her mantra is:

Om amogha puja mani-padmavajre tathagata vilokite samanta prasara hum

 

Gandha-puja 涂香供养女 or Ground Incense Offering. The above Devi is kneeled to the right of Udaka-sri Avalokitevara, holding a stalk of lotus bud in her clasped palms as her offering. Her fundamental vow is to develop the obstacle removing wisdom in all sentient beings. Flesh-colored. Her Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam vishudha gandhobhava svaha

 

Dhupa-puja 烧香供养女 or Burning Incense Offering. The above Devi is seated to the left of Udaka-sri Avalokitevara, holding a long incense burner as her offering. Her fundamental vow is to teach all sentient beings to maintain the percepts with her incense. Flesh-colored. Her Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam dharma-dhatva-nugate svaha

 

Mala-puja 蔓供养女 or Garland Offering, also known as the Vajra of the Great Wheel. The above Devi is seated to the left of Bodhisattva Mahasri-mahavidya, holding a garland of flowers as her offering. Her fundamental vow is to show the teachings of impermanence & casual links of existence to all sentient beings with her garland. Flesh-colored. Her Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam maha maitreya-bhyud-gate svaha

 

 

 

 

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