|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Lineages||Gelug and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Publication: A Tale of Thangkas|
Shadbhuja Vajra Mahakala (Tibetan: dor je nag po, gon po chag drug pa, English: the Great Vajra Black One with Six Hands).
"The Lord of Pristine Awareness has six hands and a body dark blue in colour. The first two hold a curved knife and skullcup, the middle two a human skull mala and trident, the lowest two a damaru drum and lasso. Adorned with a tiger skin, garland of heads, bones and snakes, and small bells on the hands and feet. Standing in a manner with the two legs together pressing down on Ganapati. With three eyes, bared fangs, eyebrows, beard and hair flowing upward with Akshobhya as a crown. Anointed with a sindhura drop on the forehead. Supported behind by a sandalwood tree, dwelling in the middle of a blazing mass of fire." (Jonang Taranatha, 1575-1634).
There are five principal retinue deities:
- Takkiraja (male, blue)
- Jinamitra (male, red)
- Trakshe (male, riding a horse)
- Kshetrapala (male, riding a bear)
- Shri Devi (female, riding a mule)
Jeff Watt [2-2016]