Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Virupa

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 352)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Size 101.60x71.12cm (40x28in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.19.22
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P3293

Interpretation / Description

Virupa, Yogindra (Tibetan: bir wa pa, nal jor wang chug. English: the Ugly One, Lord of Yoga): progenitor of the Margapala (Lamdre) system for the interpretation of the Hevajra Tantra; the most important tantric teachings of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Descending at the left side are the lineage teachers of the Lamdre Lopshe tradition. Descending at the right are the lineage teachers of the Lamdre Tsogshe tradition.

At the bottom center is the wrathful deity Hevajra, blue in colour, with eight faces and sixteen hands. At the left side is the protector Panjarnata Mahakala. At the right side is Shri Devi. At the bottom left is Brahmarupa Mahakala and at the bottom right is the wordly protector and wealth deity Vaishravana.

Jeff Watt 9-2003

Numbered Image:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Secondary Images
Related Items
Lineage: Margapala (Sakya Lamdre)

Thematic Sets
Subject: Ngor Tradition (Teachers)
Collection of RMA: Ngor Style Paintings
Subject: Lineage Composition (Greyscale)
Indian Adept: Virupa Main Page
Indian Adept: Virupa (Lineage Paintings)
Indian Adept: Virupa (Paintings)
Tradition: Sakya Iconography
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha): Painting (Late Period 17th to the Present)
Subject: Lineage Paintings - Dual
Subject: Margapala Lineage Paintings (Sakya)
Tradition: Sakya Protectors (Composition Examples)
Indian Adept: Virupa (Right Pointing Gesture)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 7
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Painting Style: Men-ri (New)
Painting Set: Lamdre Mahasiddhas
Subject: Margapala (Lineage All in One)
Subject: Lineage (Single Composition)