Goddess Bajrayogini is also known as the Tantric Buddhist Goddess with essence as a great passion for free from selfishness and work for other’s wellbeing. Goddess Vajrayogini is also viewed as the distraction of ego-clinging, providing people for attracting toward the passion into enlightened virtues.
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Name of Vajrayogini in various countries
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Goddess Bajrayogini and Her Appearance
Goddess Bajrayogini is mostly shown in a dancing position with red color and has the third eye (eye of wisdom) is set vertically on her forehead. On her left hand, you can see a bowl with blood and drinking flowing to higher from her body. And in the right hand, you can see a Vajra (a Thunderbolt).
Goddess Bajrayogini and her other forms
Goddess Bajrayogini is also shown in various forms in different countries. She is sometimes known as Vajrabarahi. On her this form, she is generally visualized as the Vajra Sow. The image with sow’s head on the assured as a triumph over ignorance and the pig is associated as ignorance in Buddhism.
Another form of Bajrabarahi is Krodikali which is associated with anger and pictured as dark green image.
Goddess Bajrayogini Temple in Nepal
Goddess Bajrabarahi temple in Nepal is situated at Kathmandu at Sankhu. The temple of Goddess Bajrabarahi is known as the Tantrik temple and also known as Bodhisattva which is a sacred place for Hinduism followers in Nepal. According to Historians, The temple is one of the oldest temples built in typical Newari style- a pagoda Style, with three other nearest temples that are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides Historical Temple, you can also view the beautiful natural scene with Newari Culture and Traditions around the temple.
Mythology Origin of Goddess Bajrayogini
The story of Goddess Vajrayogini is really interesting that is explained about how actually Goddess Vajrayogini originated in various holy books of Buddhism. According to different Buddhist Holy books and sites, when the world was covered with snow and in the site there emerged a five-colored flame that arises a volcano Goddess- Goddess Vajrayogini. Later the Goddess Vajrayogini ordered to built a temple on the site of her emergence.
Goddess Vajrayogini is believed to be one fo the wisest and strongest goddess according to Buddhist followers and also called her as Ugra Tara. According to Gaurav Manandhar, The priests made use of nine surrounding caves for centuries to serve the temple of her presence. The first priest to serve the temple was Gyanacharya Yogi who did penance in the cave was given superior engagement.
Goddess Bajrayogini Dance
Charya Dance or Charya Nritya is one of the oldest classical dances practiced as a Buddhism Ritual Dance. Charya Dance is performed by Newar Buddhist followers in Nepal expressing different deities of Buddhism. Among various Charya Dances, Bajrayogini dance is one. Bajragogini dance is performed with symbolic hand movements and facial expressions with red costumes and different ornaments.
Bajrayogini Mantra | Chanting
oṃ ba zra yo gi nī hūṃ pha ṭa svā hā
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The Formation of City name “Sankhu”
Sankhu, According to Historian, the city was named after Goddess Vajragogini. The Goddess Vajragoyni ordered one fo the Priest Jag Dev Bajracharaya to establish a town of Shankharapur near the temple which later was converted into Sankhu.
Goddess Vajrayogini In Hinduism and Buddhism
Vajrayogini is usually called by Hinduism Followers and Buddhist followers in Nepal Which means the goddess of Knowledge and wisdom and some called her as Ugra Tara. Vajrayogini is associated with the tantric belief of Vajrayana Buddhist. Vajra is the weapon (thunderbolt) or Buddhist symbol of thunder and lightning. The name Vajrayogini is named as she holds Vajra on her right hand and Yogini is known as the counterpart to Bhairab (the angered or wrathful form of Lord Shiva).
According to Myth, Goddess Vajrapani is said as the representation of Hindu God Shiva’s partner Mayadevi or Parwati in a peaceful manifestation. Similarly, Goddess Varayogini has importance in Buddhist followers as she is believed as Dhyani Buddha and her Tantric Belief.
Khaasti Chaitya- The Boudhanath Stupa
Khasa Chaitya is the original name used by Local Newar of Kathmandu Valley. At Present, Khasa Chaitya is called as the Boudhanath Stupa.
Earlier a Lichhivi king Vikramaditya was ruling the valley and wanted to construct a pool near his palace with three stone Spring. It is believed that King Vikramaditya’s place was situated where Narayanhitti Place is situated at the moment. Unfortunately, the water did not gush out from the fountain. Since there was hight superstition belief, to solve the problem he consulted his oracles and advised him that a person with possessing 32 virtues needs to sacrifice at the spot.
The King and His son were suitable as the three posses 32 virtues. The King decided to sacrifice himself due to his age. Therefore the king ordered his sons to go to the spring a sawn and severe the head of a shrouded person who would be sleeping there. He fulfilled the order of his dad and did the same as his dad ordered and later found out it was his father.
According to the historian, it is believed that king Vikramaditya’s head flew to the Vajrayogini temple where you can still view the statue of the head of Vikramaditya at Vajrayogini Temple. The prince was driven by his grief and left the palace and start living the life of an ascetic. Later the priest advised the prince to fly a hen at Vajrayogini temple and where ever it lands, the great Chaitya (Stupa) should be constructed.
As per the ordered he was pleased to serve and did where Boudhanath Stupa (Khasti Chaitya) is erected at present and began to construct the shrine but there was no water to mix clay and Sand. The large sheets were spread on the ground and are saturated with dew each night. When wrung out the sheets provided the necessary water.
It carried out for 12 years with a million dewdrops to make work complete which is now known as one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites of Nepal.
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