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Vahana Sithha, Garuda and Visnu
The composition of the deity is so queer that great difficulty is experienced in recognizing the images of this form of Avalokitesvara, called by the peculiar name of Harihariharivahana.
The Sadhana gives a description of the god, but is practically silent as to why such a special name is given to this particular variety of Lokesvara.
India has not given up until now any image of Harihariharivahana and it is rare even in Nepal.
There is only one sculpture at Svayambhuksettra and a bronze in one of the monasteries at Pattan, and both of them follow the Sadhana faithfully.
The lion is lowermost, on it rides Garuda.
On the back of Garuda, again, rides the Hindu god Visnu with the four symbols, the conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus. On the shoulder of Visnu rides Lokesvara.
The lion, the Garuda and the god Visnu, all have 'Hari' as their synonym and because the vehicle of Lokesvara is composed of three 'Hari's, the principal god acquires the name of Harihariharivahana.
Two Sadhanas in the Sadhanamala are devoted to the worship of this form of Arya Avalokitesvara and the Dhyana in one of them describes the god in the following terms :-
Harihanharivahanodbhavam Bhagavantarh Arya-Avalokitesvaram sarvangasuklam jatamukutinam santavesam daksinakarena Bhagavantarh Tathagatam saksinam kurvantam dvitl>ena aksamaladharinam trtlyena duhkuhakam lokam upadesayantam vamena dandadharam dvitiyena krsnajinadharam trtlyena kamandaludharam simha*garuda-visnu-skandhasthitam atmanam dhyatva..." Sadhanamala, p. 77
"The worshipper should think himself as the Harihariharivahana form of god Avalokitesvara, white in all limbs, with the Jatamukuta (crown of matted hair) and clad in graceful garment?.
He cites the Tathagata as witness with one of his right hands, carries the rosary in the second, and instructs deluded people with the third.
He carries the staff in one of his left hands, the deer-skin in the second and the Kamandalu in the third.
He sits on the shoulder of Visnu below whom there are Garuda and the lion. Thus meditating..."
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