Himalayan Art Resources

Ritual Object: Kila with Inscriptions

Kila 'Purba' Types

Some Kilas have letters or inscriptions etched or painted on the body or blades of the peg. Chinese imperial made objects will often have the emperors name written in Chinese characters. Some blades will have the letters OM, AH, HUM. Many of the smaller kilas will have direction instructions for placement in a large three dimensional Vajrakila mandala or another mandala that requires kila ritual pegs for the creation of the boundaries.

Jeff Watt 8-2021