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12 Warriors of Bhaisjyaguru

12 Warriors Apart from the Healing Buddha (Jp-Yakushi Nyorai) being assisted by Sunlight and Moonlight Bodhisattvas (Suryaprabha Jp-Nikko Bosatsu and Candraprabha Jp-Gakko Bosatsu), he also commands twelve warriors (Yaksas). They are sometimes said to protect the faithful through the hours of the day, the months and the directions of space. They wage war on sickness and are said to command the 80,000 pores of the skin. They are said to relate to each of the twelve vows of Bhaisajyaguru. They are depicted as fearsome warriors in armour, in martial or menacing stances, with hair in spikes and wearing fearsome expressions. Their names are Khumbira (Jp-Kubira); Vajra (Jp-Bazara, Bajira); Mihira (Jp-Mekira); Andira (Jp-Anteira); Anila (Jp-Anira); Sandilya (Jp-sandeira); Indra (Jp-Indara, Indatsura); Pajra (Jp-Haira); Mahoraga (Jp-Makora, Makura); Sindura (Jp- Kimnara, Shindara); Catura (Jp-Shotora), and Vikarla (Jp Bikyara). http://www.healing-touch.co.uk/pa-medb.htm
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