Mahasiddha Jalandharipa

Mahasiddha Jalandharipa

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Reproduction gicleé print by Pema Namdol Thaye

Natural pigments & 24kt gold
Original size 18 x 21"
Completed 1997

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Mahasiddha Jalandharipa—named after Jalandhara, a major site in northwestern India where he practiced his sadhana—was one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas, great yogic adepts identified by the twelfth-century Indian scholar Abhayadatta. A historical figure whose legendary life was colorfully recounted in varied oral accounts, Jalandharipa may have lived around the third century. In addition to his place in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, he was also renowned as a founder of the Nathlineages of Shaiva Hinduism. As a tantic master, Jalandharipa was famously approached by a dakini in a charnel ground and initiated by her into the Hevajra Tantra. Thus, as lineage holder of this important tantric practice, he is fondly known as the Dakini’s Chosen One.