Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Shanglon (Minister)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 52448772)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Hobsedug, Master of Life: one of eight attendant figures in the retinue of Mahakala Gonpo Shanglon belonging to the 'Revealed Treasure' Tradition (terma) of the Yutog Nyingtig discovered by Yutog Yontan Gonpo. (See the Shanglon Main Page, Outline Page, Yutog Nyingtig Main Page, and Yutog Nyingtig Outline Page).

"In the Northeast is the master of life Hobsedug, blue in color like hala [poison], very fearful, frightening, with one face and four hands, on the crown of the head is the head of a wild hawk. The first pair of hands hold a spear and a bag of poison. The lower pair [of hands] hold a fresh human head and a peg [purba]. [He] rides atop a nine-headed [female] bear." (page 334).

Jeff Watt 2-2014

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Initiation Cards: Yutog Nyingtig (Set I)
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Mahakala: Shanglon Dorje Dudul Main Page
Subject: Bear Imagery