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Western scholars, such as Laurence Austine Waddell and Albert Grunwedel, in the 19th and early 20th century believed that the meaning of the name was 'tent' and that this Mahakala was a special protector of the Tibetan and Mongolian nomads who lived in tents. This academically erroneous belief was however supported by Mongolian folk belief where they believed that Panjara Mahakala, originally introduced to Mongolia by Chogyal Pagpa in the 13th century, was indeed special for them based on the Chogyal Pagpa and Kublai Khan relationship. Images of Panjara Mahakala were also used by the Mongolian warriors as a battle standard (flag) during the time of Kublai Khan.

Article: The Popularity & Importance of Panjarnata Mahakala in the Study of Tibetan Art

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(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).