The Wealth Deity Dzambhala is practiced to help practitioners achieve the material wealth they need to support their practice. A strong motivation of bodhicitta is generated to ensure the spiritual path of wanting to help others is followed.
The practice of Dzambhala dates back to Lord Atisha. Overwhelmed, by compassion for a man dying of starvation, Atisha wanted to give his body to feed the man. Suddenly, he saw Chenrezig, who told Atisha he would manifest as Dzambhala to help eliminate poverty so that suffering beings could follow the spiritual path.
The Yellow Dzambhala sits on a lotus, sun, and moon disk and holds a mongoose in his left hand, from whose mouth streams precious jewels. Frequently, practitioners make daily water offerings to Dzambhala while reciting his mantra.