Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Heruka (Nyingma)

ཧེ་རུ་ཀ། རྙིང་མ་པ། 嘿噜嘎 (寧瑪巴)
(item no. 51853)
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

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

Sanskrit: Heruka Tibetan: Drag tung

Wrathful in appearance, red in colour, with three faces and six hands he embraces the consort with the first pair. The outstretched right hands hold a vase and a sword. The two left hold a trident and a skullcup. The red two-armed consort holds a skullcup and a 'damara' drum. Standing on two prone forms, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus seat.

Wrathful figures surround the central pair. The red protector deity Tsi'u Marpo is at the bottom center accompanied by his brothers, all riding red horses.

At the top center is Padmasambhava flanked by two lama figures. There are no name inscriptions to help identify the two lamas.

Sanggye Lingpa (1340-1396) discovered the 'Middling Collection of Precepts, the Gathering of the Guru's Intention' (Tibetan: ka du bar wa la ma gong pa du pa) in the great cave of Puri Rinchen Barwa in the year 1364.

Jeff Watt 11-2000 [updated 11-2009]

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