One has to understand the masculine viewpoint in order to understand Tara. Women were considered to be inferior and weak. It was felt that women could not achieve the supreme state of Buddhahood- which was reserved with the masculine identity. This had shaped the Tara cult to a large degree. While some scholars saw her as a wife of Avalokiteshwara, many believed her to be the Mother of Manjusri. Both these male dieties are, therefore, important in order to understand the conception and nature of Tara. Interestingly, her roles as ‘mother’ and ‘wife’ had already existed. By appropriating both wisdom and compassion, she defied the norms and became an anomaly. By doing so, she deviated from her assigned roles to that of transcendence. It is interesting to note that the path to Buddhahood meant giving up Maya or illusion. Before Siddhartha Gautama became a Buddha, he gave up his family. The same applied for Tara, only partially. In other words, even though she has gained Buddhahood, one had to call on Avalokiteshwara to call on her. He acted as a bridge even though Tara was worshipped without him. Perhaps, this was a reason that she became known for compassion with the passage of time (Lam, 2014).