His most distinguishing feature is his blue skin as he is associated with the precious stone lapis lazuli which comes in rich blue color. Even his Pure Lands is said to be abundant with this stone and in this color, too. This thangka uses rich red color for the rest of the piece (signaling wealth or health) with gold used as outline and color for the other elements. Gold is associated with the sun and the enlightenment it represents. Animals also appear in his aura such as the dragon, tiger, a garuda, and lion to represent the four quadrants of the heavens and the cardinal directions. A snake on the thangka also symbolizes the cycle of life, birth, living, death, and rebirth as related to the snake shedding its skin in its cycle. At the bottom of the thangka is an altar of offering to the Buddha.
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