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  Mahakala

 

China

Statue of Mahakala depicted with a deep dark blue complexion and six arms. In his top two hands he holds an elephant skin, which he stretches across his back, the head with the trunk and tusks laying at his feet. In one of his top hands, he also holds a string of prayer beads made of human skulls, while in the other hand he clasps a trident, decorated with a vajra at the bottom of the handle. In his middle two hands, he holds a bando, i.e. a small handheld double-sided drum (fig.), and a pasa, i.e. a lasso.

 

In his bottom two hands, which he has in front of his body, he holds a kapala, i.e. a skull-cup, with a heart in it, which symbolizes his power to destroy inner addictions and outer evil forces that obstruct the search for Enlightenment, and a kartika, i.e. a chopper with a curved blade and a vajra-handle.

 

  Mahakala