Khadgapani (Vajrapani) is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. He is the guardian and guide of religious mystic, and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power. Khadgapani was used extensively in Buddhist iconography as one of the three protective deities surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha’s virtues: Manjusri (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ wisdom), Avalokitesvara (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ compassion) and Vajrapani/Khadgapani (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ power). Furthermore, Vajrapani is one among the earliest Dharmapalas and one among the rare Buddhist deities to be worshiped within the original Zen Buddhism of the Shaolin Temple.
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