Two Armed Mahakala Thangka Painting

Two Armed Mahakala Thangka Painting

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Two armed Mahakala is the god of protector of Karmapas. He is also called Bernakchen. He carries Trisula and Kapala in his two hands.

The two-armed Mahakala is a protector of the Karma Kagyu school, although he derives from Nyingmaterma and was adopted by the Karma Kagyu during the time of 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi.

He is often depicted with his consort Rangjung Gyalmo.

The ultimately inseparable Dharma Protector Mahakala is the wrathful form manifested from all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas when they subdue the extreme degenerated sentient beings.


Mahakala is known as Daheitian in Chinese and Daikokuten in Japanese. Mahakala belongs to the fourth hierarchy of deities. He may have one face with two, four arms or six arms or eight faces with sixteen arms.

About painting and painter

This beautiful Thangka is handpainted by the professional Lama artist of Kathmandu Nepal. Two Armed Mahakala is the god for protection. He is surrounded by four dragons.

Dragon traditionally symbolizes potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people.

Hinduism and Mahakala

In Hinduism, Mahakala is a name of Shiva, Lord Shiva himself is Time or he is God of Time, kala/kaal means Time, atit/bhoot kaal (past),vartman kaal (present) and bhavishya kaal (future) – these all formats of time are merged in lord Shiva .

Kala means also death and Shiva is also the god of destroying, destroy means end or death, so Shiva is Mahakala.

along with Nandi, which is Shiva’s mount and so is often represented outside the main doorway of early North Indian temples.

In Sikhism, Mahakaal is the main term used for “Hukam”(The Supreme Command) in Dasam Granth, written by Guru Gobind Singh.



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