Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Hayagriva with Wings

Hayagriva Physical Appearance

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
--- With Garuda Wings (Atisha)
--- 'Very Secret' Padma Ishvara (Sakya & Sera)
--- Padma Vag (Kagye) (Nyingma)
--- Lama Gongdu Tradition (Nyingma)
--- Longchen Nyingtig Tradition (Nyingma)
--- Unidentified: Holding Two Heads (Atisha & Sakya)
- Winged Deities Page
- Confusions: Guru Dragpo
- Others...

Video: Hayagriva with Wings

The Padma Ishvara of Sakya and the 'Very Secret' (yang sang) of Sera monastery are essentially identical in appearance. The Hayagriva from the group of the Eight Pronouncement deities is sometimes referred to as Padma Vag (pema sung), Padma Ishvara (pema wangchen), or Padma Heruka (pema drag tung).

There are at least four traditions of Hayagriva that are depicted with wings. Four of these iconographic forms have three faces and six arms. The Longchen Nyingtig tradition Hayagriva has five faces and sixteen arms. The Atisha and Padma Ishvara figures belong to the Sarma traditions. The Heruka Hayagriva from the Kagye along with the Lama Gongdu and Longchen Nyingtig forms of the deity originate with the Nyingma tradition.

A sixth type of Hayagriva with wings has been added based on painting #65567. With three faces and six hands he holds a long snake in a similar manner to Mahachakra Vajrapani. Two hands held upraised grasp a hook and lasso. The lower pair of hands each hold a yellow coloured severed human shaped head.

Jeff Watt 7-2022

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