Mahakala, Glorious Lord of Pristine Awareness. Fiercely wrathful, staring with three bulging round eyes, mouth gaping with bared fangs and hanging snakes for hair. Holding aloft in the right hand, pointed to the sky, a flaming lance, and in the left a poisoned heart and lasso.
Mahakala is adorned with a crown of five dry skulls, earrings and a skirt of fresh human heads. Tucked into the sash at the waist is a ghandi stick made of sandalwood. He is dressed in boots, with the right leg bent and left straight standing atop two human corpses, thus symbolizing the death of negativities and the complete uprooting of negative patterns to such a point that, like a dead body, they will not come to life. Mahakala stands surrounded by the burning flames of pristine awareness.
Both Hindus and Buddhists worship Mahakala. Buddhists consider him as a manifestation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Mahakala is always seen in the entrance of Buddhist monasteries. He is regarded as the protector of the Buddhist doctrine.
This lost wax method copper sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand cast by the very talented artists of the beautiful country of Nepal. Every piece is truly unique!
Lord Buddha’s hands are in the dharmachakra mudra, the gesture of teaching. Dharma means ‘law’ and chakra means ‘wheel.’ Together they mean “turning the Wheel of Law.” This hand gesture was used by Lord Buddha while preaching his first sermon in Sarnath.
This sculpture was entirely hand carved and hand painted in Bali, Indonesia. Every piece is truly unique!
Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. They are beautiful, supernatural women that are youthful, elegant and proficient in the art of dancing. Apsaras are said to be able to change their shapes at will. They are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece. Each of the 26 Apsaras at Indra’s court represents a distinct aspect of the performing arts.
These heavenly beings are not worshiped as Buddhist divinities. Their function is to protect Buddhist law by serving the Deva.
This sculpture was entirely hand-crafted and painted in rural villages in Cambodia. Every piece is truly unique!
Tara was born from a tear of the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. She holds a very prominent position in Tibetan Buddhism and Nepal. Tara is believed to protect all beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence.