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Vairochana (वैरोचन)

Sanskrit. ‘Illumination’ or ‘sun’. The Javan Adi-Buddha and one of the five jinas, dhyani buddhas or transcendental buddhas from Vajrayana Buddhism. He has a position in the middle of a mandala and may also be represented making the gesture of supreme wisdom by holding the right index finger in the left fist whilst the left thumb points upward. His symbols are the wheel and the sun. Sometimes transcribed Vairocana. His mount is a pair of lions. In Nepalese tradition, his complexion is white (fig.). Also Mahavairochana. See also Acalanatha and Five Great Buddhas.