White Mahakala

White Mahakala (sanskr. Sadbhuja Sita Mahakala, tib. gon po kar po chag drug pa) is considered to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and principal wealth deity widespread almost all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

White in color with on face, he has three glaring eyes, a gaping mouth with bared fangs, orange hair flaming upward and six hands. In the three right hands are a curved knife, wish-fulfilling jewel and a damaru (drum). In the left hands are a skullcup containing a vase filled with various jewels, a trident and a vajra hook.

Adorned with a crown of jewels and gold, precious ornaments and green silk he stands with the two legs straight atop two figures of elephant-headed Ganesh, spewing jewels, above a sun disc and lotus seat surrounded by the red and gold flames of pristine awareness.

White Mahakala, a wealth deity of the Kriya class of Tantra, satisfies the material needs of Tantric Buddhists. This is a Gelugpa example of a deity that has become popular with all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

White Mahakala

2008, 84 x 57 cm

canvas, mineral pigments, gold, brocade, silk


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