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Hayagriva (Buddhism)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For Hinduism deity, see Hayagriva.
Hayagriva, known as Bato Kannon in Japan

In Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism, Hayagrīva ("having the neck of a horse") is an important deity who originated as a yaksha attendant of Avalokiteśvara in India.[1] Appearing in the Vedas as two separate deities, he was assimilated into the ritual worship of early Buddhism and eventually was identified as a wrathful form of Avalokiteśvara in Mahayana Buddhism.[1]

In Tibet, Hayagriva was promoted especially by Buddhist teacher Atiśa[2] and appeared as a worldly dharmapala.[1]

His special ability is to cure diseases, especially skin diseases even as serious as leprosy, which is said to be caused by nāgas.[citation needed]

Buddhist iconography

Hayagriva statue in Samye Ling. Note the green horse's head on top of his head.

In his simplest form Hayagriva is depicted with one face, two arms and two legs. Everything about him is wrathful - a scowling face with three glaring eyes, a roaring mouth with protruding fangs, a pose of warrior’s aggressiveness, a broad belly bulging with inner energy, a sword raised threateningly in his right hand (poised to cut through delusion), his left hand raised in a threatening gesture and snake ornaments. This terrifying aspect expresses compassion’s fierce determination to help us overcome inner egotism and outer obstructions.


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Exquisite Old Tibet Tibetan Buddhist Dorje Ax Phurpa Shaman magic Dagger Mahakala hayagriva horse head Dragon Talisman


Buddhism Bronze Mahakala Hayagriva Statue Phurba Dagger Holder


SIZE : Long 11 " inches

ax width 4 "

weight = 680 grams



 PHURBA 'Ritual Dagger'


The Phurba is a Tibetan three sided ritual Dagger, it is a central tool for all shamanic rituals - so central, that its use is rarely specified but simply presumed. The phurba is used in Buddhist ceremonies to exorcise demons or as a spiritual nail to pin down the distractions of greed, desire and envy. The sides of the Phurba destroy the three poisons: attachment, aversion and delusion. The magic of the phurba comes from the effect that the material object has on the realm of the spirit. The art of tantric magicians or lamas lies in their visionary ability to comprehend the spiritual energy of the material object and to willfully focus it in a determined direction.



The phurba is used as a means of destroying violence, hatred, and aggression by tying them to the blade of the phurba and then vanquishing them with its tip. The phurba (Ritual Dagger) is used in the ritual slaying of negative emotions, such as anger. The phurba possesses many magical powers. It is also regarded as a powerful weapon which subdues evil spirits and negative energies, transforming them into positive forces. The phurba is not a physical weapon, but a spiritual implement.



In Tibetan Dorje means “Indestructible” or something that cannot be cut or broken. The Dorje has an indestructible hardness and brilliance like a diamond which cannot be cut or broken. The Dorje symbolizes the impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible, and indestructible state of enlightenment or Buddhahood and the word means both ‘thunderbolt’ and ‘diamond’. As a material device the Dorje is a short metal weapon that has the symbolic nature of a diamond as it can cut anything but not itself and that of the thunderbolt which has irresistible force. The Dorje represents the firmness of spirit and great spiritual power. The Dorje is held in the right hand by Tibetan Lamas during religious ceremonies and is used by shaman during shamanic rituals. The Dorje will destroy all kinds of ignorance and is totally indestructible.

This SACRED 'Bronze' PHURBA / DORJE has been blessed and fully empowered by Lama Thubten Dagom Rinpoche.

Lama Thubten has asked me to release these special sacred and empowered items to the world. The reason for the release of these items is that the Earth as we know it is now a dark and dangerous place and Lama Thubten would like spiritual and sacred people to be part of the new awakening. There are very few people in the world who can feel and sense and need this sacred and special power.


  • Phurba - Ritual Dagger is used to drive away evil spirits or negativity. Phurba has a huge amount of energy causes a huge amount of damage and double damage to evil spirits. Phurba is capable of moving under its own power by flying about and is quite fast and capable of lifting a man off the ground (When attempting to resist the Phurba by strength, the Phurba has the strength of four people.) The faces on either side of the pommel can animate and bite anyone gripping the handle. Phurba can unerringly track any being whose blood it has already tasted.
  • Anyone killed by a Phurba, has his psychic linkages severed and is thrust into oblivion.

Victims of the Phurba never return as ghosts

Hand created from bronze, coral and turquoise.

The Phurba Cult :

The Phurba / Phurpa / Phurbu is a weapon commonly held by the Wrathful Deities. It’s history goes back to around 1000ce, and was spread across the Himilayas and west into Mesopatamia and east into Indonesia. The one common physical feature is a long triangular/three-sided blade with serpents trailing down it, and the fancier ones developed handles of the heads of Makara dragons topped by an embedded vajra or lotus topped by a three-sided god’s head. Tibetan Buddhism transformed the triple head into Padmasambhava in his three forms. Some older phurpas have the horse’s head of the deity called Hayagriva. One original theory of how horses and phurpas became connected is that these horse-riding nomadic warriers kept their horses in place by a rope to a pen pounded into the ground, thus the phurba/dagger/peg. Most blades are iron with brass or copper or silver on the handle. But some of the older more practical phurbas are just carved of wood. In Nepal a healer/exorcist/shaman must carve a wooden Forba as an initiation. These all-purpose daggers could be stuck in the ground around a camp or as tentstakes to banish demons from the site. The Bonpo shamans of Tibet had their own “God of the Dart” known as Phur-ba’i-Lha.

If one looks at the geomantic forces of the earth’s electromagnetism as being serpentine or Naga energies, then the phurba was used as an instrument to redirect these powers. Phurbas are like pendulums that respond to power spots and demon haunted grounds. A Dutch Hexen friend of mine refers to them as <demon-stickers>, which is a healthy practical occult view. But the Tibetan practitioners see these energies more as primal and amoral, and thus to be dealt with in an enlightened and compasionate way. But in the end the power of the Phurba god deals decisively both inwardly and outwardly towards the old gods of the Earth. These energies are pinned down, controlled, and re-directed by the phurba master, but the dragon/serpent isn’t killed like Michael or St. George would have done.

The secrets of the Phurba god and his teachings were discovered by Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe-Tsogyel, then hidden again in caves and astral akashic spaces as Terma for later Tertons to discover physically and psychically. They were brought out by Terton Ratna-glin-pa in the 1400’s out of a triangular cave guarded by a scorpion. For this reason phurbas are displayed on altars in triangular bases marked with the scorpion charm.

The Phurba festival is on the 8th day after the 4th new moon of the year, sometime in August, and lasts 5 days. The present 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatsal still has traveling with him both a phurba master and hail master to prepare places for his religious ceremonies and teachings.
As a practitioner of Wicca, I feel that much I have learned about phurba rites can be applied to magicke with the Athalme. In much the same way can the god energies of the even more dualistic West be handled by the athalme used like a phurba. In the same way Witche’s have applied native shamanic techniques for contact with the old Celtic goddesses and gods and elementals. While much of this native European religion has been burned out by X-ianity, the threads of their practices still survive in other forms in the jungles of the Amazon and the caves of the Himilayas.

The serpentine Kris knives of Bali and Thailand are a related magickal weapon. In legend each knife carries a spirit which must be dealt with and which can be used as a protector.

Phurbpas are three-headed daggers into Nagaloka, like the three-headed images of Hekate, the Greek Goddess of the underworld crossroads.



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