Small digitally-printed thangka.
Vajrapani is one of the earliest bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolise the Buddha’s power. Vajrapani’s expression is wrathful, and is often symbolised as a yaksha, to generate fear in the individual to loosen up his dogmatism. His outstretched right hand holds a vajra, symbolising analytical knowledge that disintegrates the grasping of consciousness. Although he sometimes wears a skull crown, in most depictions he wears a five-pointed bodhisattva crown to depict the power of the five Dhyani Buddhas (the fully awakened state of the Buddha).