Tara is the most popular goddess in the Buddhist pantheon, revered as a holy mother who protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all temporal needs and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal and spiritual development; she is the wisdom Buddha who represents virtuous and enlightened activity. To talk about Green Tara, she is a dynamic manifestation with her color symbolic of vigor and activity. She seems to be carved here in a poised manner using the best quality brass, showcasing an ancient stony look of green-grey hue of her body.
She is the goddess of action, as can also be identified by the way her right leg is always extended outwards signifying her readiness to spring into action; left leg is folded inwards in meditation posture. The deity is garbed in lustrous gold color from top to bottom with the dhoti chiseled heavily in stylized patterns starting from the waist and is followed by an interconnected floral border along the hem. The sculptor has amazingly highlighted goddess Tara’s gold accessories of multiple necklaces, long earrings and a typical Nepalese gold crown crafted in traditional designs and an Utpala flower at the top.
The palms are tattooed with sacred symbols and left hand grants refuge while holding the stem of a blue lotus, sinuously carved, symbolizing purity and power. Right hand rests on right knee and holds a full blooming lotus. Unlike this sculpture, Green Tara usually sits on a cushioned throne or a lotus pedestal. The face is carved in unique self textured pattern having a pointed nose, sweet and gentle smile and eyes closed in meditation. This statue represents goddess in her most enticing and distinctive form.
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