Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Thangka > Four Headed Mahakala
Displaying 1 of 168         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Four Headed Mahakala

Four Headed Mahakala

Four Headed Mahakala

Availability:
Sold Out
Specifications:

Black Meditational Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting - with 24 carat gold

1.5 ft X 2.1 ft
Item Code:
TH98
Price:
$255.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Four Headed Mahakala

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 11330 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
The painting is a beautiful Tibetan black thangka with fine gold lines. Such paintings are utilized especially for depicting wrathful deities and exude great mystery. The images themselves, though very expressive and powerful, are extremely delicate and well drawn.

Mahakala is the wrathful manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. He is one of the main deities of Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered both a meditational deity, or yidam, and a protector deity. Following his practise would result in reaching two goals: the excellent goal, meaning that the practitioner becomes a Buddha; and the common goal, meaning that Mahakala would remove obstacles, grant knowledge and fulfil wishes.

He is shown here with four wrathful heads, each of which has a third eye. His fierce open mouths bare his awesome fangs. Each of his head is surmounted by a five-skull crown. His crown of five skulls represents the five main afflictions of anger, greed, pride, envy, and ignorance and their corresponding transformation into positive virtues. His hair stands upright behind the crown, flame-shaped. He is surrounded by a flame like golden aureole. This billowing mass of flames that surrounds wrathful deities is described as a 'blaze of awareness fire'. The energy of the wisdom of these wrathful forms blazes like the sun's inexhaustible fire. The sun, as a symbol of pure wisdom, is consumed with fire, yet is not itself consumed. Its eternal fire is inexhaustible. The wrath of these deities is not ordinary anger, but wisdom-anger manifesting in its most indestructible or vajra nature, carrying the capacity of terrifying all evil spirits.

The twisting and blazing fiery aureole surrounding Mahakala is also described as kalagni, meaning the 'fire of time'. Literally it is the 'fire at the end of time', according to Buddhist ideals, the ultimate conflagration of the universe at the end of this aeon.

The aureole flames are drawn with much grace and expression of movement, the flames curl to one side and leap out at the other. This transverse movement of the flames enhances the dynamic body posture of Mahakala, full of vitality and movement.

His eyebrows too are like small flames, and his beard is made of golden hook like shapes.

He wears many ornaments on his body, and a necklace of fifty freshly severed human heads. A tiger skin is around his loins and he tramples upon a human figure, denoting obstacles.

Each of our thangkas comes framed in silk brocade and veil, ready to be hung in your altar.


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

The Dhammapada Verses and Stories
by Daw Mya Tin
Hardcover (Edition: 1990)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: IDI693
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Skanda-Purana (23 Volumes)
Item Code: IDF415
$525.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ratnagiri (1958-61): Two Volumes (An Old Rare Book)
by Debala Mitra
Hardcover (Edition: 1981)
Archaeological Survey of India
Item Code: NAC296
$75.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Siva Purana - Complete Set in 4 Volumes
Item Code: NAB424
$120.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Holistic Approach of The Vedas
Item Code: NAC789
$40.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Indian Buddhist Iconography
Item Code: IDK417
$75.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Book of Shiva
by Namita Gokhale
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Viking Penguin India
Item Code: NAB047
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Elements of Hindu Iconography (4 Volumes)
Item Code: NAB008
$160.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Images of Nepal An Old & Rare Book
by Krishna Deva
Hardcover (Edition: 1984)
Archaeological Survey of India
Item Code: IDD752
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

I am overwhelmed with the amount of hard-to-find Hindu scriptural texts that I have been able to locate on the Exotic India website as well as other authentic cultural items from India. I am impressed with your fast and reliable shipping methods.
Lee Scott, USA
Your service is excellent.
Shambhu, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist statues at the best prices and best shipping that I know of.I have bought many statues from them.I am thankful for their online presence.
Michael, USA
Thanks for sharpening our skills with wisdom and sense of humor.The torchbearers of the ancient deity religion are spread around the world and the books of wisdom from India bridges the gap between east and west.
Kaushiki, USA
Thank you for this wonderful New Year sale!
Michael, USA
Many Thanks for all Your superb quality Artworks at unbeatable prices. We have been recommending EI to friends & family for over 5 yrs & will continue to do so fervently. Cheers
Dara, Canada
Thank you for your wonderful selection of books and art work. I am a regular customer and always appreciate the excellent items you offer and your great service.
Lars, USA
Colis bien reçu, emballage excellent et statue conforme aux attentes. Du bon travail, je reviendrai sur votre site !
Alain, France
GREAT SITE. SANSKRIT AND HINDI LINGUISTICS IS MY PASSION. AND I THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE.
Madhu, USA
I love your site and although today is my first order, I have been seeing your site for the past several years. Thank you for providing such great art and books to people around the World who can't make it to India as often as we would like.
Rupesh
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India