The large rounded body of Vaishravana is golden yellow in color and he has a stern expression. His right hand holds a banner of victory, while the left arm holds a mongoose, an animal associated with good fortune. The mongoose is shown vomiting jewels symbolizing the boon of this Lord of wealth. Vaishravana in addition is also the Guardian deity of the north direction. Thus his image is often placed on the outer walls of monasteries and temples along with the guardians of the other three directions. This is believed to be a safeguard against harmful influences which violate the sanctity of the sanctum inside.
Vaishravana is also known as Jambhala in Tibet and holds strong resemblance to the Hindu deity Kubera.
This thangka is framed in a silk dragon brocade in the typical Tibetan fashion, and includes a silken veil.
Of Related Interest:
A Rare Form of Vaishravana/Jambhala (Brass Statue)
Jambhala with Consort (Tibetan Thangka Painting)
Kubera (Copper Sculpture Gilted with 24 Karat Gold)
Kubera (Tibetan Thangka Painting)