Amitayus 'The Buddha of Boundless Life' — a sambhogakaya aspect of Amitabha, particularly associated with longevity. He is mostly depicted sitting and holding in his hands a vessel containing the nectar of immortality. Amitayus is also one of the three deities of long Life.
The worship of the Cosmic Buddha Amitabha (Infinite Light) and his variant Amitayus (Infinite Life) had already developed by the 3rd century C. E., especially in the regions of north-western India. Each of the Cosmic Buddhas has his own specific cardinal placement. Amitayus presides over the western direction and his colour is red, like the setting sun. His name, linked with Light, may have derived from contact with the Zoroastrian religion, whose chief deity is Ahura Mazda, God of Light, the worship of whom was widespread in the Iranian world along the north- western border of India . Source: Tibetan Buddhist Encyclopedia.
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Hand painted in Nepal