According to Buddhist tradition, Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of suffering beings, and his tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up.
"Palden Lhamo" is the only female among the eight great dharampalas (Protectors of Buddhism). She is a protectress of Buddhist governments everywhere, including the Dalai Lamas and their government in Lhasa.
Parnashavari the Forest Goddess: Healer of Contagious Diseases invoked at Tibetan Tantric religious gatherings. Associated with the Shavari tribe of ancient India, she wears a garland and skirt of thatched leaves.