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Vajrapani is a bodhisattva and guardian deity in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. One of the oldest Buddhist dharma-protectors (Skt. dharmapala), Vajrapani is said to have protected Buddha Shakyamuni during his career on earth. Vajrapani is often depicted as a wrathful deity with a vajra in one hand, though he also has peaceful forms. Vajrapani is the protector deity of Mongolia, and the Jibzundampa incarnation lineage are said to be his emanations.