Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Hayagriva (Yantra)

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The yantra diagrams of Hayagriva are generally used for over coming specific obstacles or for protection. The first of the two principal styles of Hayagriva yantra are [1] a circular chart with inscriptions super imposed over the central torso of an image of the deity. The second [2] style is of a depiction of the head and upper body of the deity and the lower body in the shape of a 'kila' peg. The lower 'kila' body contains specified written mantra inscriptions. These are often supplemented with special requests.

Yantras such as these, drawn of printed on paper, can often be found placed on the outside of a dwelling either above or to the side of a main entrance door. The yantra can be commissioned as a painting on cloth, drawn by hand, or reproduced from a wood block carving.

Jeff Watt 7-2013 [updated 6-2017]