- Vajravarahi, Red
Vajravarahi (Tibetan: Dorje Pagmo, Sanskrit: Vajravarahi, English:
the Vajra Sow) accompanied by 12 dakinis.
Red in colour, slightly peaceful and slightly wrathful, with one
face and two hands she gazes forward with three eyes. The face of
a brown female boar protrudes from her right side behind the ear.
Held aloft in the right hand is a curved knife and to the heart
with the left a skullcup. The bend of the elbow cradles a vajra
katvanga staff - gold coloured, long and thin. Crowned with a tiara
of five skulls the black hair of the head flows downward behind.
Adorned with gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets and a girdle with
decorative tassels, she wears a garland of fifty fresh heads. Draped
across the shoulders is a long scarf of yellow and green. The right
leg is raised in a dancing posture and the left presses upon a small
red sun disc atop a prone yellow figure above another sun disc resting
on a multi-coloured lotus blossom surrounded by a large red sphere
of tightly swirling flames of pristine awareness fire.
There are 12 attendant dakinis around her. Each has
one face and two hands holding a curved knife and skullcup with
a vajra katvanga staff in the elbow. Wearing the same ornaments
and standing in a dancing posture, each is surrounded by a circle
Vajravarahi, along with numerous variations in appearance
such as Vajrayogini and the Fierce Black One, remains one of the
most popular and special tutelary deity practices arising from the
Chakrasamvara cycle of tantras belonging to the wisdom class of
Anuttarayoga Tantra. These various forms are practiced in all the
Sarma Schools, Sakya, Kagyu and the like.
Vajrayogini NO. VAY003
Vajrayogini, Naro Khechari (Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma, na ro kha
cho). about Naropa Tradition
Red in colour with one face, three eyes and two hands the left
holds aloft a white skullcup from which she drinks and on the shoulder
rests a very detailed vajra tipped katvanga staff. The right hand
is extended downward holding a curved knife with a gold vajra handle.
Adorned with a tiara of skulls, various bone ornaments, girdle,
bracelets and a necklace of freshly severed heads - each with a
different expression she stands atop the bodies of pink Kalaratri
and black Bhairava. Above an ornate sun disc and pink lotus seat
she stands completely surrounded by the multi-coloured flames of
Vajrayogini belongs to the 'wisdom class' of Anuttarayoga Tantra
and arises specifically from the Chakrasamvara cycle of Tantras.
When Vajrayogini is portrayed in this appearance with the left hand
raised and the two feet firmly planted she is commonly referred
to as the Naro Khachodma however this does not always mean she is
from the special Naropa lineage of the Sakyapa tradition. This painting
appears to be Kagyu in origin based on the grouping of figures and
Eastern Tibetan style of painting.
- Krodha Kali (Wrathful Black Varahi)
(Tibetan: Troma Nagmo. Sanskrit: Krishna Krodhini. English: the
Fierce Black One), a wrathful form of Vajravarahi.
Bhagavani [Krodha Kali] with a great radiance at the time of darkness,
fierce and raging. The main face is wrathful, the very pure relative
truth, and the upper face of a pig is the pure ultimate truth, gazing
upward; [both] having three round red eyes. The right hand holds
a curved knife upraised and the left a skullcup of blood [held]
to the heart. In the bend of the left elbow, as the nature of method,
appears a katvanga staff. Wearing an elephant hide as an upper garment
and a tiger skin as a lower garment; adorned with snakes and bones.
Dark yellow hair bristles upward, the remainder falling loose. With
a crown of five dry human skulls, a necklace of fifty fresh. The
left leg is extended in a half dance posture pressing on the heart
of a human corpse. Appearing youthful and dwelling in the middle
of a blazing mass of fire.? (Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714)
and Min-ling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718).
Blue-black in colour, she has one central face and a small brown
pig head on the crown looking to the right. Wrathful in appearance
she has three round glaring eyes, a gaping red mouth and yellow
hair flowing upward like flames. In the right hand held upraised
is a curved knife. In the left held to the heart is a blood filled
skullcup; a katvanga staff rests against the shoulder. Adorned with
a tiara of five skulls, bone earrings, ornaments and a necklace
of freshly severed heads, draped across the shoulders she wears
a frightful human skin. Standing on the left leg in a posture of
dance atop a corpse, sun disc and lotus blossom, she is completely
surrounded by the orange-red flames of pristine awareness. At the
lower left, presented as an offering, is a skullcup of nectar. At
the lower right is a skullcup of blood.
The original practice lineage belongs to the Zhije School of Phadampa
Sanggye but has now been adopted by all the Sarma Schools of Tibetan
Buddhism to a greater or lesser extent. Troma Nagmo is also found
in the Terma (Revealed Treasure) Tradition of the Nyingmapa School.
"From the pure, unborn, dharmadhatu palace; Fierce Vajra Black
One, performing the benefit of beings; Entire treasure of all excellent
and common attainments; Powerful Mistress, to you I bow." (Nyingma
Troma Nagmo with a retinue of Four Dakinis (Sanskrit: Krishna Krodhini.
English: the Fierce Black One), a wrathful form of Vajravarahi.
Vajrayogini - Krodha Kali
Simhamukha, Dakini (Tibetan: seng ge dong chen kha dro ma, English:
Lion Faced Dakini) and a retinue of four deities.
With a body black in colour, the face is that of a white lion,
with three round yellow eyes, blazing fiercely with a gaping mouth,
a yellow beard, eyebrows and hair flowing upward. The right hand
holds upraised a curved knife to the sky, left a skullcup of blood
to the heart, carrying a khatvanga staff tipped with a trident in
the bend of the elbow supported against the shoulder. Adorned with
a tiara of five skulls, red scarf, elephant skin, bone ornaments,
a long snake and fifty freshly severed heads as a necklace, she
wears a tiger skin skirt. Standing on the left leg with the right
drawn up, trampling on a double triangle symbol, corpse, sun and
multi-coloured lotus seat, Simhamukha in a mood of great fierceness
dwells in the middle of a blazing fire of pristine awareness.
Within the Nyingma School, of the two divisions of Kama (Oral Teachings)
and Terma (Revealed Treasures), Simhamukha belongs to the Terma.
From the three general divisions of Terma: Root, Branch and Essence,
Simhamukha belongs to the Dakini Cycle within the Root Terma class.
Generally she is regarded as the secret form of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava.
In the Sarma Tradition the deity Simhamukha is found in the Chakrasamvara
Cycle of Tantras and although similar in name and appearance is