Notes on the Geography of China: Baodingshan: Photo 12
The Mahamayuri Vidyaraja, or Great Peacock. The goddess who rides the giant peacock was originally believed to possess a dharani that cured snakebite; later, members of the cult believed that her power insured prosperity. She is sometimes called Buddha's Mother, which is why she appears here next to the bathing Buddha.
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