Manjushree “God of Divine Wisdom”, whose worship confers mastery of the Dharma, Retentive memory, mental perfection and eloquence. Manjushree is also one of the forms of Bodhisatwas and he symbolizes wisdom. In Nepal, he is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. According to the tradition, he was Chinese Saint. His intuition told him of the blue flame (symbolizing Adibuddha or Swayambhu) on a lotus in the big lake of Nepal. He went there to offer worship, but could not reach because of the water. He cut with his sword the southern wall of the hills. The water of the lake drained to the south. The dry valley became the Kathmandu valley. He carries the sword of wisdom and light in his right hand and Prajnaparmita manuscript “the book of divine Wisdom” on his left on the lotus blossom. His left hand will be in teaching gesture (Jnan Mudra.) he is also called Manjunghose, manju Bara, Vajranga and vagiswara. People believe that the worship of Manjushree can confer upon them wisdom, memory, intelligence etc.
Source: Short Description of Gods, Goddesses and Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal.
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