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Sanpshot View of This Deity
ORIGIN
India

Goddess of Learning, Eloquence, Music, Poetry, Speech, Rhetoric, Wealth, Longevity; Protects against natural disaster; Inventor of Sanskrit; River Goddess

Benzaiten 弁才天
Benzaiten 弁財天
Myōon Ten 妙音天
 Bionten 美音天
Benten 弁天
 Daibenzaiten
大弁才天

Biàncáitiān
Pien-ts'ai-t'ien
辯才天
瓣財天
 Miàoyīn Tiān
Miao-yin T'ien
妙音天

Sarasvati
Sarasvatī
Saraswati
 

Byeonjaecheon
Pyŏnjaech'ŏn
변재천
 
Myoeum Cheon
Myoŭm Ch'ŏn
묘음천

Sbyaṅs-can-ma

Ńag-gi-lha-mo

BENZAITEN, Boxwood Amulet
Goddess of Music, Arts, Learning, & Wealth


PRICE = $92
+ $20 Shipping x 5% Tax = GRAND TOTAL $117.60


Benzaiten = Japanese reading for Chinese characters
Jp. = Benzaiten  Chn. = Biàncáitiān. The term "ten" (tiān) is the Japanese (Chinese) word for celestial beings called "Deva" in Sanskrit. This amulet comes in two pieces: (1) protective cap with deity's Sanskrit seed syllable and (2) main piece depicting the deity. Both pieces snap together snugly for compact storage. 

  • Wood = Boxwood
  • Centimeters = H = 6 cm x W =4.8 x T = 1.6 cm
  • Benzaiten is the patroness of music, the fine arts (dancing, acting, visual, poetry, writing), and good fortune in general. Here she is shown in her traditional 8-arm form, in which she holds protective martial instruments like the bow, arrow, sword, ax, spear, long pestle, iron wheel, and silk rope. These objects illustrate her role in protecting the state and its people from evil and disasters.
  • See Benzaiten background notes for more details on iconography.

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Inner Caps of Benzaiten Amulet
Inner Caps

Two Outer Caps, One with Sanskrit Seed
Outer caps; Sanskrit seed syllable etched on one cap

Size of Amulet when closed
Size of amulet when closed.
Amulet comes in two pieces that snap
together snugly for safe/compact storage.


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