Tara, Blue

Tara, Blue

Lady with One Braid

Ekajata, fierce Lady of Heaven, was among the Bon Spirits subdued by Padmasambhava. He pierced her right eye and banished her until she agreed to serve the Dharma. Ekajata as Blue Tara is now considered a form of Tara.

Blue Tara spreads joy and happiness. She transmutes negative emotions into positive. She is the Tara of protection who does more than just banish enemies: she removes your fear of them, too. Blue Tara clears away obstacles that obstruct her devotees’ spiritual (and other) paths. She is a spirit of opportunity and good fortune. Blue Tara protects secret mantras: her own is known only to initiates.

ICONOGRAPHY:

Blue Tara may be portrayed with up to twelve heads. She wears a necklace of skulls, a tiger skin, and flayed human skin. She wears the image of Blue Buddha Akshobya in her hair.

ATTRIBUTES:

Arrow, ax, bell, book, bow, chalice, conch, hook, knife, noose, skull cup, staff, sword, and vajra chopper

Spirit ally: Blue Tara sometimes serves Khadiravani.

COLOUR:

Blue

Flower: Blue lotus

Animal: Blue wolf

SEE ALSO:

Bon Spirits; Buddha; Ekajata; Khadiravani; Padmasambhava; Palden Lhamo; Tara (1); Tara (2); Vajra

SOURCE:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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