Nairatma Devi

Key Sketch

Traditional Buddhist Iconography
Subject: Dakini
Date of Completion: 1939
Medium: Pencil


About the Art

The word Nairatma means “having no soul”, Anatma, a concept of Sunyata (emptiness) in Buddhism. The Goddess Nairatma is one of Yogini also known as Guheswori. She is the emanation of Akshobhya Buddha (one of the five meditating Buddhas) and is blue. The position she is standing in is called Ardhaparyanka in a dancing attitude. She carries a Karti (knife) in the right hand and bears Kapala (skull) and Khatwanga (long studded club) in the left.

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