A dharmapāla is a type of wrathful god in Buddhism.
The name means "dharma protector" in Sanskrit, and the dharmapālas are also known as the Defenders of the Justice (Dharma), or the Guardians of the Law.
There are two kinds of dharmapala, Worldly Guardians (lokapala) and Wisdom Protectors (jnanapala).
Only Wisdom Protectors are enlightened beings.
In Vajrayana iconography and thangka depictions, dharmapala are fearsome beings, often with many heads, many hands, or many feet.
Buddhism includes a wide array of divine beings that are venerated in various ritual and popular contexts.
Initially they included mainly Indian figures such as devas, asuras and yakshas, but later came to include other Asian spirits and local gods.
They range from enlightened Buddhas to regional spirits adopted by Buddhists or practiced on the margins of the religion.
The Pali Canon and others suggest that the Buddha taught that belief in a Creator deity .
The Four Heavenly Kings have been a staple in Buddhist art for centuries, with two distinct visual forms: a royal representation in India and Southeast Asia and a warrior-like depiction in Central and East Asia. In Korea, the interpretation of these figures has been limited to their Sanskrit title, "Lokapala," which translates to 'guardians of the world.'
Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as The Historical Buddha, has invoked the aid of the Four Heavenly Kings in .