Himalayan Art Resources

Mahakala: Shadbhuja (Rinjung Lhantab)

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Common Types of Shadbhuja:
- Black, ‘Removing All Obstacles’
- White, ‘Wish-fulfilling Jewel’
- Yellow, ‘Increasing Intellect’
- Red, ‘King of Power’
- Green, ‘Lord of Life’

The Shadbhuja Mahakala from the Eight Chapter Mahakala Tantra followed by the Shangpa Kagyu tradition and others does not follow precisely the basic colour theory as it it relates to the Four Activities of general Tantric Buddhism.

Jeff Watt [updated 5-2021]