Vajrakilaya Thangka Painting

Vajrakilaya Thangka Painting


Vajrakilaya or Vajrakila Heruka is the wrathful yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas.


Vajrakilaya or Vajrakila Heruka is the wrathful yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas and whose practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age. Vajrakilaya is one of the eight deities of Kagye.

Vajrakilaya is one of the most important deities of both Nyingma and Gelug lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Considered the wrathful and active manifestation of the eight Herukas pronouncements, Vajrakilaya is a meditational deity with the power to transcend violence and overcome obstacles.

Vajrakilaya is depicted in this beautiful thangka in his most wrathful aspect with three faces, each one has three eyes, six hands, and four legs, embracing his consort Diptachakra.

The hands near the heart hold a three-faced peg called “Kila”. Both right hands hold a gold vajra while one of the left hands hold a trident decorated with streamers and fire flames between the fingers of the other left hand.

The most distinctive characteristic of Vajrakilaya is two large feathered wings. Diptachakra holds a “kapala”, a skull-cup full of blood in the left hand and her left leg is raised to embrace the consort.

Mantra of Vajrakilaya


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Dimensions 47 × 63 cm


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