What is Goddess of Mercy?
Goddess of Mercy (also known as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin) is the bodhisattva of compassion venerated by East Asian Buddhists. Commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin is also revered by Chinese Taoists as an Immortal. The name Kuan Yin is short for Guan Shi Yin which means ” Observing the Sound of the world”
From Mahayana Buddhist perspective, Guanyin is Avalokiteśvara (Sanskrit), who is a bodhisattva often depicted as a woman.
From Taoist perspective, Guanyin is Ci Hang Zhen Ren (慈航真人), a lady right from the start, and is one of the 12 Golden Immortals (十二金仙) in fengshenbang (封神榜).
In the book “Xiang Shan Bao Juan” (香山宝卷), Guanyin was incarnated as Princess Miaoshan, whose father was a cruel king that wanted to marry her to a wealthy man with a bad reputation. She refused, and was forced to work on the toughest chores in a temple. She managed them well and this made her father very angry, who then ordered his men to burn down the temple and subsequently executed her.
She went to Diyu and was sent back to the human realm by the Yama King, and started to meditate on Mount Fragrance (Xiang Shan) , where she realized she was incarnated from Guanyin.
There is a special category of temples known as Guanyin Tang (观音堂), which are temples dedicated to Guanyin, and are often Cantonese-speaking. Among the Guanyin Tang are those used as living quarter for women who took the vow of celibacy. These temples used to adopt young girls that were orphans, abandoned by their parents, or given up for adoption by their parents.
The nineteenth day of the second month of the lunar year is the birthday of Guanyin. On that day, young men and women gather to burn joss sticks and worship either in the temple hall or in the court area. Some offer oil for Guanyin’s ever-burning lamp and pray for health and peace; others offer long silk scrolls in the hope of bearing a son. If a son is born, the parents will put him under Guanyin’s lotus seat to proclaim their faith in Buddhism and make the baby the adopted child of Guanyin. By doing so, they think Guanyin will bless the child with longevity. Monks and nuns set up assemblies in honour of Guanyin. The places of worship are solemn and grand. Incense and flowers are also offered to Guanyin.
Millions of devotees around the world call on the name of Guan Yin (观音) Goddess of Mercy, in times of need, fear or despair. Aside from her best known role as Compassion embodied – she is after all, none other than Avalokiteshvara – she also protects against the ten great fears. The Ten great protections are the protective actions of a Mother protecting her children. Like a mother, she doesn’t question her child’s integrity – even going so far as to rescue her sons and daughters from prison.
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We provide hand crafted & Ready Made Goddess Of Mercy statues with different types and variety. We have the Standing or Sitting Goddess of Mercy with many hands which we called it the Thousand Hands Guan Yin statue (千手观音）. We offer custom service as well where our experienced and skillful craftsman is able to cater the Goddess Of Mercy statue design to your needs and preference to show your sincere respect to the Goddess of Mercy.
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