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Earliest Mandala of Subhakarasimha
By: Lokesh Chandra

The Earliest Mandala of Subhakarasimha, Lokesh Chandra


 
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Author: Lokesh Chandra
Format: Hardcover (9" x 11")
ISBN: 9788195096114
Publication Date: 2021

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This volume illustrates the scroll of Rtasamhara. It is the earliest known iconography of the Vajradhatu-mandala, probably drawn by Subhakara (637-735) himself. It bears his signature at the end; the only signature of a master of Nalanda. He was an expert sculptor of images. It illustrates every deity in sambhoga-kaya, consort, dharmakaya and nirmanakaya form. The four forms have been placed alongside for clarity.

In 1982 Roger Goepper was describing the dharani-mandala in the Sumtsek of Alchi. He was puzzled by its central group whose figures were all female. The Lamas had no clue. He visited me for clarification. He was thrilled to find the precise identification in the Rtasamhara. What he had identified as 'Buddha Ratnasambhava in Female Form' was his consort Ratnavajrini (no. 41 in the scroll). The parallel representation of the four forms was worked out for him and is being published after quarter of a century. It is a basic work for the correct identification of the deities of a mandala.

The Earliest Mandala of Subhakarasimha, Lokesh Chandra, Aditya Prakashan, Hardcover, 119 pages, $65.00

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