Ushnishavijaya is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with the White Tara and Amitayus. Ushnishavijaya combines aspects of three goddesses (hence her three heads), each associated with a sadhana (wish). Ushnishavijaya has a white colored body, three faces and eight arms. The central is white, the right yellow, the left is blue and slightly wrathful. Each has three eyes. The first right hand holds a crossed Vajra at the heart. The second holds a lotus on top of which sits Amitabha Buddha. The third holds an arrow. The fourth is in the gesture of supreme generosity.
The first left hand is in the threatening Mudra, holding a Vajra noose. The second holds a bow. The third is in the gesture of giving refuge. The fourth is in the meditation gesture, holding a precious vase filled with nectar. Ushnishavijaya sits on a single lotus seat in front of, but metaphorically within, a Stupa (reliquary mound), which is dictated by her iconography.
Of her three faces, the yellow one with the gently pursed lips is charming and beautiful, the principal white one slightly open and moderately wrathful, while the blue face bares its fangs in a display of ferocious wrath. Coils of hair symmetrically fall across her two shoulders. A green scarf embellished with gold engulfs her with a flourish, acting as a halo.
Ushnisha Vijaya is an emanation of Vairochana Buddha, and is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with the White Tara and Amitayus. The latter two can be seen at the lower layer of the painting. Ushnisha Vijaya's practice is considered to be extremely effective not only for eliminating obstacles to long life but also for purifying the negative results of unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind motivated by the poisonous delusions.
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