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Buddhist Deity: Vajrabhairava (Forms & Types)

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Forms & Types of Vajrabhairava:
In some traditions it is said that there are Vajrabhairavas in the configurations of:
- 1 face, 2 arms
- 1 face, 4 arms
- 3 faces, 6 arms
- 6 faces, 6 arms, 6 legs
- 8 faces, 8 arms
- 100,000 faces, 200,000 arms
- 900,000 faces, 1,800,000 arms

Types of Vajrabhairava by Tradition:
- Yellow Vajrabhairava, One Face, Two Hands
- Heruka Vajrabhairava, One Face, Two Hands (Saraha, Mal Lotsawa)
- Vajrabhairava, One Face, Two Hands, Nine Deity Mandala (Mitra Yogin)
- Vajrabhairava, Four Faces, Eight Arms, Four Legs (Condensed)

Nine Faces, Thirty-four Arms:
- Vajrabhairava Single Deity Mandala
- Vajrabhairava, Eight Vetali & Thirty-two Ayudha (Rwa & Mal Lotsawa + Buton & Gelug variations)
- Vajrabhairava Nine Deity Mandala Configuration (Amoghavajra, Mitra Yogin)
- Vajrabhairava Multiple Deities (Vairochana Rakshita, Mitra Yogin)
- Thirteen Deity Mandala Configuration (Rwa Lotsawa)
- Seventeen Deity Mandala Configuration (Kyo Lotsawa Ozer Jungne)
- Forty-nine Deity Mandala Configuration (Zhang Chogdru Sherab Lama)
- Others...

Jeff Watt [updated 4-2017]