Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Garwa Nagpo

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 41016)
Origin Location Mongolia
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Garwa Nagpo, Damchen (English: the Blacksmith); a Tibetan worldly deity, the main attendant to the Avowed Protector Dorje Legpa. His rituals are mainly practiced in the Karma Kagyu tradition and then latter by the Gelug tradition.

Garwa Nagpo, Damchen (English: the Blacksmith), the main attendant deity to the Tibetan worldly protector Dorje Legpa (See Dorje Legpa Outline Page). Garwa Nagpo can typically be found in art as a retinue figure in paintings of Dorje Legpa or as an independent figure in a painted composition with his own retinue of attendant figures. Garwa Nagpo is generally found as a standard protector deity in the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma Traditions. Some Gelug monasteries and incarnate lama traditions (trulku) have also adopted Garwa Nagpo as their special protector deity.

Jeff Watt 7-2014

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