Mañjuśrī, Gentle Glory, is considered by the Nepalese to be a bodhisattva and the divine god of wisdom. A powerful and highly skilled warrior, he is the legendary founder of the Kathmandu Valley.
The dance highlights his physical and spiritual attributes through measured and highly stylistic moves. Wearing the crown of the five Tibetan Dhyani Buddhas—Vairocana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, and Amogasiddha, his purpose is to bring man to a higher state of enlightenment by banishing ignorance and wrongful thinking. His mantra is om a ra pa ca na dhīh, and is used to improve memory, general wisdom, as well as writing and debating skills.
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