Green Tara - a decoration for the Buddhists altar. Kalmyks. Astrakhan Province. Late 19th - early 20th century
Tara (sanskrit: liberator) - is one of the most popular female images of the Buddhist mythology. In Vajrayana there are 21 Taras with different names. They are dressed as Indian queen and are differ in color and in arms and leg position. All of them have one mantra. The most popular are green and white Tara.
Green Tara is depicted sitting on the lotus throne in the Lalitasana pose, her right foot hanging down from the throne indicating that she is ready to come to peoples' help. Tara's both hands holds lotus stems. The green color of her body symbolizes activity and an immediate fulfillment of any request of the believer. It is believed the Green Tara helps everybody who calls upon her with a sincere supplication in hardship. A person chanting her mantra defeats all the demons destroys obstacles and achieves a fulfillment of his wish.