Green Tara Thangka
This beautiful hand-made Thangka depicts Green Tara
Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā
Tara Who Protects from the Eight Great Fears (Wyl. ‘phags ma sgrol ma ‘jigs pa brgyad las skyob pa, Tib. འཕགས་མ་སྒྲོལ་མ་འཇིགས་པ་བརྒྱད་ལས་སྐྱོབ་པ།, pakma drolma jikpa gyé lé kyobpa) —
Usually the form of Green Tara, also known as Tara of the Khadira Forest (Skt. Khadiravani Tara, Wyl. seng ldeng nags kyi sgrol ma, Tib. སེང་ལྡེང་ནགས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ། sengdeng nak kyi drolma), is the main deity who is considered to give protection from the eight great fears. But there are also individual forms of Tara for each of the eight fears as well.
The eight fears are considered to have an outer aspect such as lions, elephants, etc. and an inner aspect, the mental defilements they represent. While the outer fears, or dangers, threaten our life or property, the inner ones endanger us spiritually by obstructing or turning us away from the path to enlightenment.
1.water or drowning representing attachment
2.thieves representing false views
3.lions representing pride
4.snakes or serpents representing jealousy
5.fire representing anger
6.spirits or flesh-eating demons representing doubt
7.captivity or imprisonment representing greed
8.elephants representing ignorance
Another way to think of them is to consider the flood of attachment, the thieves of wrong views, the lion of pride, the snakes of jealousy, the fire of anger, the carnivorous demon of doubt, the chains of miserliness or greed, and the elephant of ignorance.