Religious Art

Kalachakra Mandala Painted Thangka

Rs. 288,085

Thangka with brocade border 54x45inches (138x115cms)
Thangka without brocade border 25x25inches (63x63cms)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border. 

A Mandala is a visual representation of the abode of a deity or god. However, the appearance of the abode of a deity is said to depend on the mind of the one who is viewing it, so this depiction is merely how it would appear to human beings. With the aid of initiation from a lineage holder and correct practice, it is possible to actually enter into the mandala and it becomes a vehicle of enlightenment.

The mandala of the deity Kalachakra as depicted here is a two-dimensional rendering of an actual structure which is shaped like a pyramid. Each aspect of the mandala represents a physical feature of the abode, as well as an aspect of the enlightened mind. Of these, the first floor and outermost square represents the qualities of a Buddha’s bodily activities. The second floor is that of his speech, the floor above that of his mind, while the last floor – depicted as the smallest innermost square - represents the fully enlightened intelligence.

At the pyramid’s pinnacle, stands Kalachakra in union with his consort Vishvamata. It is Kalachakra – depicted here blue in hue and with many arms, legs, and heads - that one identifies with while engaging in practice related to this mandala, known as the
Kalachakra tantra.

Each Thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. The colors are natural, extracted from plants and minerals, and adorned with 24k gold paint. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.

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