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Adityawarman as Bhairava

Bhairava Adityavarman

Adityawarman as Bhairava

The sizeable Buddhist statue in the form of Bhairava is a depiction of King Adityavarman of Malayu. Bhairava is a Hindu deity, a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava although originating in Hindu legends, is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. Today he is worshipped throughout India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Adityawarman was a king of Malayapura, a state in central Sumatra. He founded the royal dynasty of Minangkabau in Pagarruyung and presided over the central Sumatra region to take control of the gold trade between 1347 and 1375. Adityawarman was a devotee of Tantric Buddhism, and this Buddhist statue of him was discovered in Rambahan, Padangroco, West Sumatra.

Adityawarman as Bhairava

  • Title:                            Adityawarman as Bhairava
  • Date:                           14th century
  • Find Site:                  Rambahan, Padangroco, West Sumatra
  • Museum:                   National Museum of Indonesia

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Photo Credits: 1) By Gunawan Kartapranata (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons