Buddhist - A god of wisdom. A bodhisattva. Son of Aksobhya or Amitabha. He was said to have been a 10th C Indian king who went to China. In some accounts, he was born from the pistil of the lotus flower which was generated by a bright light beamed from the Buddha's forehead. When Yama was rampaging through Tibet, Manjushri turned himself into a demon with nine heads and thirty-four arms known as Yamantaka, who overcame Yama and converted him to Buddhism. One story tells how he descended to the bottom of the ocean to spread Buddhism to the nagas and converted hundreds of them, including the daughter of Sagara, king of the nagas. He is regarded as the bringer of civilisation, the founder of a branch of Mahayana Buddhism and a future Buddha, in some accounts an aspect of Akshobhya, or as the Adibuddha. His sakti is Sarasvati. He is depicted as holding a book and a sword, resting on a lotus. In some references, called Manjushri, Akshobhya, Akshobhya, Aksobhya, Imperturbable, The, Buddhakapala, Candarosana, Heruka, Hevajira, ahacinatara, Mahapratyangira, Nairamata, Rakta-Yamari, Theimperturbable, Ucchusma, Vajracarcika, Vajradaka, Vajraheruka, Vajrasana, Vasudhara, Vighnamtaka, Yamantaka, Hindu Vishnu, Japanese Ashuku, Tibetan Samvara, Adi-Buddha, Adi-Buddha, Adibuddha, Vajradhara, Tibetan Vajrabhairava, Vajrasattva, Mandjunatha, Mandjunatha, Mandjusri, Mandjusri, Manjusri, Manjusri, Arpacana, Arpacana, Manjughos(h)a, Manjughos(h)a, Vac(h), Vac(h), Amitabha, Sarasvati, Vak, Vak, Gangrad, Odin, Sarasvati, Vach, Vach, Chinese Wen-shu, Chinese Wen-shu, Japanese Monju, Japanese Monju, Tibetan Jam-dpal, Tibetan Jam-dpal, Dharmacackra, Dharmacackra, Siddhaikavira, Siddhaikavira, Simhanada, Simhanada, Simha-nadamanjushri, Simandamanjughosha, Tiksna or Tiksna.

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