Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Ten Wrathful Ones (Prints)

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These wrathful deities can also be referred to as numbering nine, ten or eleven depending on the context within a mandala and the addition of center, zenith and nadir. The names of the deities can vary depending on the Tantra system to which they belong along with the number of heads, arms, colour, and with or without a consort. The male deities depicted below are from the Vajrabhairava Tantra and have three faces, six arms and embrace a consort. The consort can have one face or three and have two arms, four or six, depending on the tradition. The Akshobhyavajra Guhyasamaja system uses similar three faced male deities except without a consort.

Vajrabhairava Tantra:
1. Aparajita
2. Yamantaka
3. Hayagriva
4. Takkiraja
5. Amritakundali
6. Niladanda
7. Chakravartin
8. Mahabala
9. Achala

Hevajra Tantra (one face, two hands):
east, blue Yamantaka holding a hammer;
south, white Prajnantaka holding a mace;
west, red Padmantaka holding a lotus;
north, blue Vighnantaka holding a vajra;
north-east, blue Acala holding a sword;
south-east, blue Takkiraja holding a hook;
south-west, blue Niladanda holding a stick;
north-west, blue Mahabala holding a trident;
above blue, Humkara holding a vajra and bell crossed at the heart
below, blue Shumbharaja holding a wooden club.