Jambhala is the Buddhist form of the Hindu god of wealth, Kubera. He is called Jambhala from the Jambhara (lemon), which he carries in his right hand. In his left arm Jambhala holds a mongoose that vomits jewels. These jewels are being deposited in a blooming lotus flower in the waters below.
Jambhala is sometimes depicted with in intimate union with his consort. The depiction of sexual imagery has immense significance in Buddhist art. Male and female elements are nothing but symbols of the countless pairs of opposites (e.g. love and hate; good and evil etc.) which one experiences in mundane existence. Sexual imagery can also be understood as a metaphor for enlightenment, with its qualities of satisfaction, bliss, unity and completion.
Jambhala is shown corpulent and covered with jewels. His right foot is pendant and supported by a lotus flower on which is a conch shell.
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