Buddhist Protectors, Worldly Deities
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Worldly Deities, or Worldly Protectors (jigten pa'i lha): a Buddhist term used to differentiate between enlightened protectors and worldly protectors. The Worldly Protectors are the Guardian Kings of the four main directions, the ten protectors of the eight directions, above and below, along with regional and mountain gods which can be continually added to the pantheon.
The Direction Guardians, or Four Guardian Kings, or the Four Heavenly Kings, reside on the innermost ring of islands (or the lower slopes) around the four sided mythical mount Sumeru, the center of the idealized Buddhist and Hindu worlds. Vaishravana (North), Dhritarashtra (East), Virudhaka (South), Virupaksha (West).