Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrakila (Eight Pronouncements)

རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕུར་པ། 金刚普巴(本尊)
(item no. 90905)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Material Ground: Textile Image, Applique
Collection Carolyn and Wesley Halpert
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vajrakila (Tibetan: dor je pur ba. English: the Vajra Peg): from the Eight Entrustments of the Mahayoga Tantra class of the Nyingma School.

Sanskrit: Vajrakila

Wrathful, dark blue in colour, with three faces, he has three eyes on each face and a wide gaping mouth. The main pair of hands raised to the heart roll a peg between the palms and embrace the consort Diptachakra. The two right hands hold gold vajras and the upper left performs a wrathful gesture and the lower holds a trident. Both are attired in wrathful vestments, animal and human skins, standing atop the prone forms of Ishvara and Uma.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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