Tibetan Thangka painting depicting Palden Lhamo is perfect for various home décor ideas! This 100% hand-drawn Thangka painting made in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal can be decorated as an elegant and eccentric wall hanging in your home or office being a centrepiece of attention. It can also be placed on your family altar for meditation purposes as well as spiritual and emotional healing, attracting benevolent energy of the Tibetan Buddhist art.
Palden Lhamo Thangka Painting: Palden Lhamo is a wrathful deity considered to be the principal protrectress of Tibet and its government. She is the only female of the eight great Dharmapalas, or Dharma Protectors, sworn to defend the teaching ofBuddhaand its sincere practitioners. She is a consort ofMahakalaand is considered to be especially potent and powerful. She is celebrated and revered throughout Tibet and Mongolia, and is considered to be the personal protector of the reincarnation lineage of the Dalai Lamas.
GESTURE AND ATTRIBUTES
Palden Lhamo is depicted crossing a sea of blood riding side-saddle on a wild mule like shown in this Palden Lhamo Statue. She has three eyes, symbolizing her omniscient knowledge of past, present and future. Her mule also has a third eye on its left haunch, which augments the goddess’s power to see and watch over Buddhist institutions and practitioners. According to legend, Palden Lhamo’s original husband, the king of Sri Lanka, persisted in engaging in practices of human sacrifice despite the goddess’s strenuous objections. In protest, she killed their son and then attempted to flee on the back of the mule, with her son’s flayed skin draped over the back of the beast. The king hit the mule with an arrow as they galloped away, but Palden Lhamo magically transformed the mule’s wound into an eye.
In her right hand she brandishes a demon-taming staff. Her left hand contains a skull cup brimming with blood and brains, symbolizing her enlightened wisdom and victory over the forces of death. She wears a crown adorned with five human skulls, indicating her transformation of the five poisons into the five transcendent wisdoms. And she is surrounded by a blazing fire, emphasizing her power and ferocity in her mission to dispel evil and harmful forces.