Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Vajrayogini, Krodha Kali

Krodha Kali Masterworks

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
--- Semi-peaceful/semi-wrathful
--- Wrathful
- Vajravarahi Page
- Zhije & Cho (Pacifying, Cutting, Severing)
- Confusions: Vajra Dakini, Nairatmya
- Others...

- Krodha Kali
- Forms of Vajrayogini

Iconographic Forms:
- Solitary Form
- Five Deity Configuration
- Six Deity Configuration
- Mandalas: HAR #683, #77157
- Krodha Kali (Sarma Traditions)
- Krodha Kali (Nyingma Traditions)
- Krodha Kali (Padampa Sanggye)
- Krodha Kali (Cho Tradition)
- Others...

Krodha Kali (Sanskrit: Krodha Kali, Krishna Krodhini. Tibetan: Troma Nagmo. English: the Fierce Black One), a wrathful form of Vajravarahi.

"...Bhagavani [Krodha Kali] with a great radiance at the time of darkness, fierce and raging. The main face is wrathful, the very pure relative truth, and the upper face of a pig is the pure ultimate truth, gazing upward; [both] having three round red eyes. The right hand holds a curved knife upraised and the left a skullcup of blood [held] to the heart. In the bend of the left elbow, as the nature of method, appears a katvanga staff. Wearing an elephant hide as an upper garment and a tiger skin as a lower garment; adorned with snakes and bones. Dark yellow hair bristles upward, the remainder falling loose. With a crown of five dry human skulls, a necklace of fifty fresh. The left leg is extended in a half dance posture pressing on the heart of a human corpse. Appearing youthful and dwelling in the middle of a blazing mass of fire." (Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) and Min-ling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718).

"From the pure, unborn, dharmadhatu palace,
Fierce Vajra Black One, performing the benefit of beings,
Entire treasure of all excellent and common attainments;
Powerful Mistress, to you I bow." (Nyingma Liturgical verse).

Lineage: Vajradhara, Jnana Dakini, Virupa, Brahmin Aryadeva, Pha Dampa Sanggye (11th century), etc.

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Jeff Watt 4-1998 [updated 5-2017, 4-2020]