Our beautiful oxidized copper White Tara statue has all of the classic features. Therefore, she is depicted with 7 eyes, 2 lotus flowers and she displays the Abhaya and Varada mudras. Additionally, White Tara is seated in the full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Our Nepali artisan gave the statue an antiquated finish with the use of oxidized copper.
The Abhaya mudra is known as the protection mudra. Indeed, this is a classic mudra used by many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The mudra is meant to inspire a sense of fearlessness and confidence in devotees. White Tara is depicting it with her left hand held chest high and palm facing forward.
Our White Tara statue is also using the Varada or “gift giving” mudra. Therefore, White Tara must be affiliated with gift giving. Indeed, she is also known as the Cintachakra or “wish fulfilling wheel”. Additionally, she has the attributes of long life, healing, compassion and serenity.
Feminist White Tara
White Tara is one of the most common depictions of the Bodhisattva Tara. The origins of Tara lie in the compassion of Avalokitesvara. In fact, it is believed by devotees that she was born from a teardrop that fell from his eye. After her conception, Tara refused incarnation as a male. This is because she feels that there are not enough fully fledged female Buddhas. As a result, she has made a vow to forego awakening until this disparity has been corrected. Click here to learn more about the virtues and aspirations of the Tara Bodhisattva.