Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Kalachakra (Buddhist Deity) - Sahaja (1 face, 2 hands)

དུས་འཁོར། ནང་ལྷ། 时轮(佛教)
(item no. 65768)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Buddhist
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:W22306

Interpretation / Description

Kalachakra, Sahaja Heruka (Tibetan: du kyi kor lo, lhan chig drag tung. English: the Wheel of Time, Blood-drinker). This is one of twelve illuminations from the manuscript text, volume two, of Gyurme Dechen.

Sanskrit: Kalachakra Tibetan: Du kyi kor lo

See Kalachakra Main Page See Kalachakra Outline Page

"...Sahaja Kalachakra ... with a body blue in colour, one face, two hands holding a vajra and bell, embracing the Mother. The left leg is white and bent pressing on white Ishvara and the right red and extended on the heart of the King of Desire. The hair is in a top-knot and a wishing gem and crescent moon adorn the head; [adorned with] vajra ornaments and wearing a lower garment of tiger skin. For each hand the thumb is yellow, forefinger white, middle finger red, ring-finger black, little finger green. For the garland of joints, the first is black, second red, and third white; with Vajrasattva as a crown; and standing in the middle of a five coloured mountain of fire. Embracing Visvamata, yellow in colour. [She has] one face, two hands, three eyes, holding a curved knife and skullcup; embracing the Father with the right leg bent, left extended. In union with the Father, naked, adorned with the five mudras, part of the hair hangs loose." (Written by Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

Jeff Watt, 11-2000

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