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Tzokey Dorje is venerated as a mighty guarantor for the steadfastness of the tantric doctrine. His name, meaning  “vajra born from the lake” refers to the birth of the Guru from the lotus lake as well as to the vajra he holds in his right hand. In his left hand. Which is extended downwards, he holds the bell. Portrayed, here with his tantric partner Mandarava, this emanation is equated with the transcendent vajrasattva, the being “whose nature is the vajra”. Here the union represented is not of an ecstatic sexual nature as in the case of the yidams with their partners, but rather an intimate  yet spiritual intermingling. In iconographic terms this is expressed in masterly fashion in the way Tzokye Dorje gazes lovingly at Mandarava.