Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Hayagriva (Black)

Black Hayagriva | Hayagriva Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types;
- Black Hayagriva Description (below)
- Nyangral Nyima Ozer Tradition: #583, #15506, #52548709, #82106
- Guru Chowang Tradition : #4
- Dagyal Tradition: #52548712
- Riding a Tiger: #893, #15229, #102212
- Three Faces, Six Hands: #65262
- Masterworks
- Confusions: Krodha Vajrapani, Vighnantaka, Achala (Atisha), Mahakala, Black Manjushri
- Others...

"...on a great blazing mandala of a blue-black dharmakara (or dharmadayo), lotus and sun seat, is the King of the Wrathful, Hayagriva, with a very fierce body blue-black in colour. With one face, two hands and three eyes, the face is radiant with bared fangs, blazing orange beard and moustache. A green horse head on the crown neighs - gathering the power of the Three Realms. The right hand holds a sword aloft severing the heads and bodies of enemies into pieces. The left holds a hook to conduct the life force of enemies and hindrances and from the tip of the wrathful gesture an iron scorpion emanates and comes forth. In a manner of play with the left extended the two feet are supported by enemies and hindrances. The body is dressed in a great cloak of black silk and a human hide with a lower garment of tiger skin. Having a crown of five dry skulls and a necklace of fifty wet, snake coils of the five naga races, complete with the eight glorious articles. Above the horse head [on the crown] is a garuda of fire with beak and talons of iron, subduing daemons, nagas and planets, standing in a vast blazing heap of fire. On the right is the Glorious Blazing Yaksha, red, holding a fire hammer and a lasso. On the left is the Iron Hair Yaksha, having the form of a yellow-black Kirata, holding an iron vajra and hook. In front is the emanation of the assistant, the Iron Scorpion, black, with nine mouths and nine eyes, raging with poison..." (Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) and Min-ling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718. Tibetan source text 'dod 'jo bum bzang, Part I, pp.269-270).

Jeff Watt [updated 12-2018]