Tibetan thangka of Red Tara is hand-painted on Cotton Canvas in Kathmandu, Nepal. The size of the mandala is 50 x 38cm. Red Tara is also known as Kurukulla.
Red Tara is presented at the center of the thangka. Red tara represents the additional power to overcome external forces that cannot be tamed through the first two activities. Red tara is removing obstacles to sickness, untimely death, etc.
Iconography of Red Tara
She is worshipped by unhappy lovers and is believed to be particularly successful in bewitching men and women. Her mantra repeated ten thousand times is said to bring about all of one’s desires. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Red Tara is a goddess of enchantment, magnetism, and love. In the Tibetan language, she is known as Rigjema or the Mistress of knowledge.
Kurukulla is a Dakini, an embodiment of the ultimate wisdom that removes ignorance and turns negative emotions into pure awareness. She is related to the four enlightened activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and subjugating presented in the Buddhist Tantras. She is particularly closely associated with the magnetizing and attraction of favorable conditions.