Avalokitesvara is one of the popular deities in Buddhism
. The word avalokita means ‘observes the sounds of the world’ and 'ishvara' is ‘lord’.
The deity is of Indian origin and is compared with Lord Vishnu and Padmapani, a Buddhist god. Different forms of this lord are found, which includes varieties with up to eleven heads.
The text Karanda-vyuha states that he views all beings with compassion and has a sympathetic attitude to all beings who are suffering from the evils of existence.