Avalokiteshvara Painting | Leh | Photos of Ladakh
A photo of a painting from Leh, Ladakh, of Avalokiteshvara the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and a popular image in Ladakh. The Dalai Lama is regarded as a manifestation of the Avalokiteshvara and is a regular summer visitor to Ladakh where he gives teachings attended by hundreds of Ladakhis.
Avalokiteshvara takes many forms, this form has four arms, others have 6, 8 or 1000. In one hand he holds prayer beads (a mala), in another a lotus flower, the other two hands hold a wish fulfilling jewel to his heart.
This painting is in wayside shrine in the Leh valley.
Photo by Silk Road Gallery director Peter Bennion, 2008.