Buddhist Goddess Vasudhara Analysis

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The Buddhist Goddess Vasudhara, translated Vasundhara, is a sculpture from Nepal during the late twelfth century, now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Vasudhara is most commonly known for her wealth prosperity, and abundance. This piece is recognizably from Nepal because of the six-armed form of Vasudhara which is almost exclusively found in Nepal. This sculpture originated in India but has been adapted by the Nepalese people.Vasudhara is also known as the Goddess Lakshmi, however, she goes by many other names as well. This sculpture is in almost perfect condition except for a missing jewel in her crown and the center jewel in her belt around her waist. At nineteen inches tall and fifteen and a half inches wide, Vasudhara is seated…show more content…
One of the legends believes that the monk, Buddhanjnana, worshiped Vasudhara and she granted him his wish of hundreds of pearl necklaces every day. He then sold the necklaces and used his good fortune to help the monastery and fellow monks. He also bought many relics that were of significant importance, such as ritual objects and votive statues. As he continued to use his good fortunes for the well-being of others and not for personal gain, he continued to receive the gifts and fortunes of Vasudhara.
Another legend called “The Inquiry of the Layman Sucundra”, describes a struggling philosopher who was trying to provide the necessary means to support his family. He is then confronted by a monk who teaches him the ritualistic procedures that are necessary to worship and meditate to the Goddess. Quickly after praying to her, he received his good fortune: a large amount of land and a job as a teacher at a monastery. He continued to share his knowledge of worshipping the Goddess Vasudhara to others, just as the monk had helped him find his place in the
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