Meaning of White Tara Thangka

Thangka painting depicting Buddhist deity White Tara is the "mother of liberation" and represents the virtues of success in achievements. Tibetans pray to White Tara especially for health, healing and longevity. She offers healing to one's wounds, whether it's one's mind, body or spirit.

 

Tibetans usually think of Tara as having 21 manifestations, as she does in the common Tibetan Buddhist prayer — In Praise of the 21 Taras. In each form she takes a different colour — such as Blue and Black — and offers a different energy or virtue to help one on one's spiritual path. Of these 21 Taras, the two most venerated are White Tara and Green Tara.

 

In comparison to Green Tara, who is shown seated with one leg on the ground, ready to come to one's defense, White Tara is seated in the more meditative diamond lotus position, with both legs folded under her. She is represented with seven eyes - with an eye in her forehead, and one on each hand & foot - symbolizing her compassionate vigilance to see human afflictions. Her left hand is in the protective mudra and her right hand is in the wish-granting mudra. In her left hand she holds a stem of the Utpala lotus, symbol of purity.