Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Bhurkumkuta (Buddhist Deity)

སྨེ་བརྩེགས། ནང་ལྷ། 秽迹金刚 (佛教本尊)
(item no. 52548704)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Sakya
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Paper
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Bhurkumkuta, Krodha Raja (Tibetan: me wa tseg pa, tro wo gyal po). A meditational deity specifically employed in the eradication of sickness and disease.

"...Krodha Bhurkumkuta, with a body smoky in colour, three faces and six hands. The right face is white, left red, the main face is smoky. Each [face] possesses three eyes, four bared fangs and a fierce frown. Orange eyebrows and a moustache blaze upward, with brown-black hair flowing upward entwined with a blue-black snake with a yellow belly; and having a crown of five dry skulls. The first right hand holds a visvavajra, the second, a five pointed vajra, third, a vajra hook. The first left holds a vajra stick, second, a vajra lasso, the third performs a vajra wrathful gesture, and all of those are raised upward; [adorned with] a garland of dry skulls as a necklace. All the limbs are adorned with snakes; and wearing a lower garment of tiger skin. The two legs are in a wide stance, above a lotus and sun, standing in the middle of a blazing fire of pristine awareness arising from the body." (Chatral Kunga Lhundrup).

Jeff Watt 6-2003

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