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White Tara – Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Deity – Consort of Avalokitesvara

Symbolic Meaning of White Tara – Saptalochana Tara

White Tara Statue
White Tara Statue

White Tara is one of the set of Taras in Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Religion. She holds a very important role in Tibet and Nepal as it is worshiped in these areas of the world. It is believed that Tara in general protect the human beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence.

Among the two forms of Tara, White Tara is regarded as consort of Avalokiteshvara, some times also of Vairochana. She is usually depicted in seated position, dressed and crowned like a Bodhisattvas. And sometimes she is regarded as Saptalochana Tara. Saptalochana simple means seven eyes. The deity has two normal eyes and extra eyes on her forehead, palm and feet and lotus flower at one or both of her shoulder. She is seated in full Vajra Posture. Her right hand is in boon conferring posture, her left hand in teaching gesture holding the stem of the lotus. She is found  wearing all sorts of precious ornaments which makes her look beautiful. People practice the teaching of  White Tara for healing purpose and prolonging healthy life.

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