Thangka paintings or scrolls are a long-standing Tibetan Buddhist art form that depict sacred figures, mandalas, and important teachings. Skillfully crafted using an array of shades and brushwork on cotton or silk material, these works of art are venerated as holy objects and are deeply esteemed in Tibetan Buddhism.
White Tara, sometimes known as Sita Tara, is a bodhisattva embodying compassion, healing, and longevity. Representations of her show a white-skinned woman, tranquil and seated on a lotus throne, depicting purity and enlightenment. She has two arms, often making a gesture of benevolence with the right hand and holding a white lotus in her left, signifying purity and illumination. Other items may also be present. White Tara thangkas are esteemed artifacts, employed in prayer and ritual to ask for White Tara's grace and attributes.
These thangkas are often found in Tibetan Buddhist holy sites, temples and home altars. Traditional techniques and patterns from ancient times are employed by craftspeople to create these thangkas. It is believed that meditating on a White Tara thangka can bring good health and safety, as well as improved insight and understanding. Fervent devotees seek her grace to achieve physical and spiritual well-being, longevity and freedom from obstacles on the path to nirvana.