Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

5.7 Hayagriva [1]

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Hayagriva [tib.: rTam grin] is a yidam, a personal, or tutelary, deity. In Buddhism he was considered a terrifying manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Compassion. Hayagriva is an esoteric form of Hayagriva evoked in some meditations. He was created originally to conquer a demon named Matong Rudra.

He has been especially favored by the Nyingma Order from its earliest days.

He has many forms, often with three faces, six arms, and four legs, and sometimes with huge wings [like the above painting].

The teachings of Hayagriva were first brought to Tibet from India ba Padmasambhava.

This Hayagriva Thangka was painted on a red background [Tib.: mar thang] color, with three terrible heads, each surmounted by a horse head. His terrific nature is revealed by his crown of skulls, garland of severed heads, tiger skin skirt, and capes of flayed human and elephant skins.

Measurements: 19.3 x 25.2" | 49 x 64 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Red Background
Material: Natural Stone Colors