Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Heruka (Nyingma)

ཧེ་རུ་ཀ། རྙིང་མ་པ། 嘿噜嘎 (寧瑪巴)
(item no. 102206)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma, Kagyu and Buddhist
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Padma Vajra Heruka (Tibetan: drag tung. English: Blood-drinker): from the Lama Gongdu Cycle of Revealed Treasure (Tibetan: ter ma) teachings of the Nyingma tradition.

'...Padma Vajra, bright red, three faces, red, blue, [and] white. In the right [hands] a vajra, sword [and] skullcup. In the left a bell, vase [and] katvanga. The Red Lady holds a drum and skullcup. In a posture having the nine expressions of dance. Poised on a lotus, moon and sun.' (Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. Daily Practice of Lama Gongdü).

Jeff Watt [updated 3-2023]

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