Six Armed White Mahakala Statue 11"
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Six Armed White Mahakala Statue 11" Item #7n46

Materials: Lost Wax Method, Copper inlaid with Turquoise and Coral

Origin: Hand Made in Nepal

Tibetan Name: Gompo Phyag Drugpa

Height: 11 inches

Width: 7 inches

Depth: 3 inches

Weight: 5 pounds

Price: $1125

Sale Price: $1012



Description

The six-armed White Mahakala is favored by the Gelugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism, and in this manifestation is considered to be a fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. White Mahakala is popular for both mundane as well as spiritual reasons, ranging from the basic desire for wealth and prosperity, to the ultimate attainment of the precious jewel, which is none other than the Buddhist Dharma.

He is adorned with the following symbolic attributes:
A crown of five skulls, this is worn by all manifestations of Mahakala and represents the transmutation of the five negative afflictions of human nature into positive virtues. The six arms signify the successful completion of the six perfections, which are practiced and brought to perfection by bodhisattvas during the course of their training.

The following description is according to his sadhana:

His face is wrathful and he has three eyes, and six arms. His main right hand holds a wish-fulfilling jewel mounted on a jewel-tipped handle. This emblem is held by deities that are associated particularly with wealth. His upper right hand holds a chopper. This crescent-shaped chopper, corresponds in shape to the cavity of the skull cup and functions to make 'mincemeat' of the hearts, intestines, lungs, and life-veins of enemies hostile to the Dharma. His lower right arm holds a hand drum (damaru). According to the strict rules of Tibetan Buddhist iconography, the damaru is held and played in the right hand, and its function is to summon or invoke all of the Buddhas, inspiring them with supreme joy. His lower left arm holds a skull-cup filled with many jewels. The skull-cup (Skt. Kapala; Tib. Thod phur) fashioned from the oval upper section of a human cranium, serves as a libation vessel for wrathful and protective Vajrayana deities. As a receptacle for sacrificial offerings presented to wrathful deities, the kapala parallels the precious tray or bowl containing auspicious substances. The central right hand holds a vajra hook. As a hand held weapon, the vajra hook symbolizes the hooking of negativities or evil beings, and the pulling or driving of all beings out of samsara and towards liberation. The uppermost left hand holds a khatvanga, a magic wand held by tantric deities.

He is adorned with jewelled ornaments and wears a beautiful skirt made of many scarves with jewels hanging down on the skirt. Under each foot is a prostrate deity with an elephant head. This is symbolic of the Hindu Lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles, thus representing the overcoming of obstacles.

The White Mahakala is more unusual than the customary black form. He is especially popular in Mongolia as the main protector deity of Mongolia, given such distinction by the third Dalai Lama. The teachings of the White Mahakala were brought to Tibet in the eleventh century by Khedrup Khyungpopa, who also brought the teachings of the Six-armed Black Mahakala.

Performing the White Mahakala ritual is supposed to bring endless wealth to the needy practitioner in such things as family, material goods, food, power, knowledge and spirituality.

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