55. Vajrapani
Style: All-Color (tson-thang)

Vajrapani is considered to be one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism and is known to represent the spiritual strength or manifestation or Buddhist Law. Mahākāla has many different manifestations. The six-armed form of Mahākāla, believed to be a ferocious and influential form of Avalokiteśvara, is preferential in Tibetan Buddhism. In this manifestation, he is midnight blue in color, and has three eyes. Each eye represents his wisdom of the past, present and future, and the three bodies of the Buddha. The crown of five skulls is representative of conversion of the five poisons: ignorance, jealousy, anger, desire, and pride, into the five insights.

Vajrapani is the “lord of secrets,” the keeper of all Vajrayana Buddhist tantra’s and texts. He represents the power one can attain through complete enlightenment. His golden crown has five jewels, a vajra, and a snake. Green Tara is depicted above Vajrapani. Vajrapani is the wrathful manifestation of Amoghasiddi.