Vajradhara is the primordial Buddha, the embodiment of all the Buddhas of the three time periods, and the essence of the three kayas or bodies of the Buddha. Vajradhara also represents the Dharmakaya Buddha and therefore, the ultimate aspect of Enlightenment.

The Drukpa lineage traces the origin of its transmission to Vajradhara as he is truly the manifestation of the supreme essence of Buddhahood. With his right hand holding the dorje (symbolising "method"), his left hand holding the bell (symbolising wisdom), and the two crossed over his chest, Vajradhara is the ultimate representation of non-duality and emptiness, which is indeed the "Mahamudra", the Great Union - the ultimate realization sought by all practitioners of the Drukpa lineage.