In Vajrayana Buddhism, a Dharmapala is a defender of the faith. This Chuchepa Mahakala statue is a vivid depiction of a Dharmapala. However, wrathful deities are conceptions which are based on the supreme virtues of wisdom and compassion. As a result, the frightening attributes crush negativity and strengthen the realization of devotees. Indeed, the union of the Dharmapala and a consort is a joining of masculine compassion and feminine wisdom.
This Chuchepa Mahakala statue sits within the flames of pristine awareness. Additionally, he wields the sword of wisdom over his right shoulder. In his left hand he holds a spiritual weapon called a khatvanga. The khatvanga is used by protection deities and also tantric masters such as Padmasambhava. On the tip of his khatvanga the 3 skulls symbolizing form, formlessness and desire are impaled.
Vajrayana Buddhism demands the eradication of all negativity. That is the symbolism behind the human bodies under the feet of the Chuchepa Mahakala statue – the death of negativity. Additionally, Chuchepa Mahakala seeks to completely uproot all traces of negativity so there is no possibility of its revival. The elimination of negativity increases the effectiveness of practice to achieve spiritual realization.
On the crown of Chuchepa Mahakala is the trademark 5 skulls symbolizing the five poisons of hatred, sensuous desire, jealousy, conceit and delusion. The insidious defilements they represent have been transformed into the five wisdoms by crushing the negativity they imbue.
Another very noteworthy aspect of the statue is the kapala that is in his lower left hand. A kapala is a traditional “skull cup” that wrathful deities are often seen drinking from. The kapala skull cup hold special auspicious elixirs that they received during ritual offerings, including human blood.
Special Adornments at your Request
Our Nepali master artisan created our Chuchepa Mahakala statue with the jewelry and crown of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the crown and jewels of your new statue with turquoise and red stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with these special decorations before delivery.
The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes readiness to act. The stones will add to the visual appeal of the statue, depending on your personal preference.