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Bodhisattva 2. Vajrapani

Vajrapani is Dhyani Bodhisattva corresponding to the five celestial Buddhas or Jinas Vajrapani: male emanations of Aksobhya, and Mahakala The word Vajrapani means the wielder of the thunderbolt. It is an epither of the Vedic god Indra whose main weapon was thunderbolt. Some scholars are of the opinion that the Hinayana Vajrapni was none other that Sakka or Sakra (i.e. Indra). http://lionsroar.name/the_8_bodhisattvas.htm Vajrapani, or Sakra, has a twofold role. In the Hinayana texts, he is an attendant of Buddha while in the Mahayana iconography he is a Dhyani Bodhisattva and an emanation of Akshobhya with his Sakti being Lochana. With his thunderbolt, he appears as a constant attendant of Buddha to crust every enemy. http://www.ignca.nic.in/nl001607.htm
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