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- Nagaraksha Definition (below)
- Forms of Manjushri: Context Page
- Masterworks
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General Appearance:
- Wrathful Appearance
- Nine Faces
- Sixteen Hands
- Snake/Naga Lower Body

Types of Nagaraksha:
- One face, four hands (Namcho Treasure Tradition)
- One face, sixteen hands
- One face, eighteen hands
- Nine faces, sixteen hands
- Nine faces, eighteen hands
- Nine faces, eighteen hands, with consort (Tugdor Tradition)
- Nine faces, multiple hands
- Ten faces, eighteen hands
- Others...

Nagaraksha is a form of Manjushri with a number of different iconographic types. He can have a great number of arms and appear in several different body colours. The wrathful appearance and serpent lower body is a consistent feature with most or all forms.

Lineage: Manjushri, Vajrapani, Padmasambhava, Trisong Detsen, Terton Chogyal Rinchen Lingpa (14th century), etc.

Jeff Watt 2-2002 [updated 9-2016, 5-2017]