Nature of Artwork: Traditional Buddhist Iconography
Subject: Buddhist Protection Deity, Pancha Raksha
Place of Completion: Kathmandu, Nepal
Pancharaksha, a term in Mahayana Buddhism for five protective spells or dharanis. They are the Maha-Pratisara, for protection against sin, disease and various evils; the Maha-Sahasrapramardini, against evil spirits; the Maha-Mayuri, against snake bite, and also against disease; the Maha Shitavati, against wild animals, insects and the negatively aligned planets; and the Maha Mantranusari, against diseases, These protective spells were once commonly used.
MahaRaksha Mantranusarini is a chant to cure diseases. It is said to have been imparted by Buddha to Ananda near the town of Vaishali. The goddess invoked here is MahaRaksha-Mantranusarini who appears seated on twin peacocks and sports three heads and 12 hands. She is of red complexion.