the Senaskhang of Lamayuru Monastery, a statue of Avalokitesvara
is draped with ceremonial scarves, or khatas.
Offerings are placed by the faithful in a gesture of respect and
devotion. The ‘Embodiment of Infinite Compassion,’
Avalokitesvara was the prototype for the Buddhist savior-saints
known as Bodhisattvas. Mahayana Buddhists, especially the Bodhisattvas,
or Buddhas-to-be, look for guidance from the all-knowing and all-seeing
god of eleven heads and a thousand outstretched arms, with an
eye in every open palm.
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
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