Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

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Padmapani means the one who holds the lotus, a symbol of emptiness, is a form of the great bodhisattva of compassion - Avalokitesvara.

Padmapani: Lotus Bearer


John Eskanazi

Eastern India, Bihar

Pala period, first half 11th century

Dark grey chlorite

Height : 69cm (27.17")

Width : 44cm (17.32")


Padmapani Buddha Again, there was a Buddha by the name of Padmapani, one of the forms of Avalokiteshvara holding a lotus. Any male or female, who has the opportunity of listening to the name of this Buddha will merit by a rebirth in the six Deva Lokas (i.e. Heaven of Desire) for one thousand times and be within the bliss of Buddhahood.

(Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva's Fundamental Vows: Ch 19 - Chanting the Buddha's Names)

Inscription on base of the relief of Padmapani


John Eskenazi

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