SHADAKSHARI LOKESHVARA I, 2008
pastel, ink and gouache on paper
40 x 33 inches (frame)
Shadakshari Lokeshvara is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Shadakshari means Lord of the Six Syllables and represents his famous six-syllable mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus. Lokeshvara means Lord (ishvara) of the World (loka).
In his upper right hand he holds a rosary of 108 beads indicating the number of times his mantra is to be repeated. The lower two hands are in the mudra of greeting or prayer (namaskara/anjali mudra) and hold a wish-fulfilling gem. There is an antelope skin over his left shoulder symbolizing compassion. His skin is white in color. His hair is partly upswept in knots and partly falls on his shoulders. He is wearing the silks and jewels of the samboghakaya form.