Boddhisattva Manjushree creating Kathmandu Valley with the self born light Swayambhu




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 “God of Divine Wisdom “ ,whose worship confers mastery of the dharma,retentive memory,mental perfection and eloquence. In Mahayana  Buddhist Tradition he is regarded as having supreme wisdom among bodhisattvas . He is also called prince of the Dharma because of his eloquent wisdom .

Manjushree has the ability to see the nature of reality as it is. In Nepal,he is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. It is said that he cut the gorge of Chobhar hill with his flaming sword “ Chandrahasa” and let the waters flow out and thereby opened the valley for the human habitant to allow for the propagation of the Buddha Dharma.

He carries the sword of wisdom in his right hand and Prajna Paramita Manuscript on his left on top of the lotus blossom . It is believed that worshipping Manjushree can confer upon the worshippers wisdom , memory , intelligence etc .


An article about Manjushree

Manjushree is a Sanskrit word meaning 'gentle glory' . In Sanskrit shree means 'glorious or honourable' His name means who embodies enlightened wisdom. He confers mastery of the Dharma, wisdom and eloquence and teaches the path of a bodhisattva in the Mahayana tradition.

Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword [Skt. Khadga] of enlightenment, by his left hand in a warning( Tarjani) hand gesture ( Mudra) in his left hand representing his realisation of wisdom to cut through ignorance & wrong view. His right hand depicted in teaching (Jnan Mudra) holds the stem of a Blue Lotus (Utpala) flower upon which rests the Book (Pustaka) of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom. The blue lotus is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. This represents the lotus that he obtained from the middle of the lake in the Kathmandu Valley out of which grew a lotus bearing a Blue Flame which represents wisdom. Manjushree sits upon a moon disc upon a lotus with an elongated stem arising from a lake. He wears a gold diadem fitted with precious jewels. He wears a silk scarf fastened at the waist and over this, a softly flowing green scarf decorated with golden motifs. His head is silhouetted against a nimbus. The lotus he is sitting on has an elongated stem and arises from a lake representing his recovery of the blue flame of transcendent wisdom and the teaching he originated. The white sash is the attire of the Vajrayana school of Buddhism.

According to legend Manjushree founded the Nepalese civilisation. In ancient times, way before Buddha Shakyamuni the Kathmandu Valley was a vast lake. The Buddha Vipashyin came to Nepal to meditate upon the hill above the lake. Wishing to give the rough mountain people an object of worship, Vipashyin threw a lotus seed into the lake. When this lotus bloomed, a blue flame of wisdom light shone from the centre of its thousand petals. This light was called the Swayambhunath Dharmadhatu, the Self-Sprung Infinite Field of Light and the flame of the enlightened mind of the primal Buddha, Vajradhara burned at its center. The light of Vajradhara also emanated in the colours of the rainbow and in each of the five colours appeared one of the Five Buddhas - Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi. Then Manjushri went to Nagarkot Peak on the edge of the lake, and after having pondered in Samadhi how best the lake may be drained, with his keen edged sword of wisdom he cut three Gorges. After the lake had been drained and the Valley bottom made suitable for cultivation Manjushree founded the city of Patan which was originally called Manjupattan. He taught the people many things. Manjushree manifests himself in the form of Yamantaka, known also as Vajrabhairava in order to overcome the lord of Death, Yama.
The Book (Pustaka) represents Transcendent Wisdom which came to beembodied by the Dyani {Pancha} Buddha Families. The book symbolically contains Buddhist teaching that had been lost to mankind & which was revealed to Manjushree. The book is commonly mistaken for the Prajna Paramita which was written by many hands between 100 & 200 CE realising the Boddhisattva Principle. The book of Manjushree alludes to Wisdom, and the emanation of the Five Transcendent Buddha Families. These are Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha & Amoghasiddhi. Wisdom Energy is a power which can extinguish the Five Negative afflictions. Each family heads wisdom energy to overcome these Five hindrances to enlightenment which are greed, hatred, delusion, jealousy & pride.