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A purba (Tibetan: phur ba. Sanskrit: kila) is a three edged peg usually made from metal or wood. They are sometimes described as daggers with three blades. The best of the metal ones are constructed from meteorite iron. Sandalwood is also popular. The principal deity associated with the purba is Vajrakila. These purbas generally have three faces at the top and crowned with a half vajra. Alternately a specific type of purba is connected with the practice of Hayagriva. This purba has a horse head at the top rather than a half vajra, although it should be noted that in his iconographic depictions he does not hold a purba. The Nyingma lama Jatson Nyingpo is generally shown with the left hand thrusting a purba downward. The Bon religion also uses the purba as a deity, Purba Drugse Chempa, and a ritual object. These can generally be identified as having multiple heads with the top crowned with a garuda - the king of birds along with a total absence of a full or half vajra. See Purba bibliography.


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