84000 Glossary of Terms

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ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། | Glossary of Terms

    ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།

    nag po chen po

    Mahākāla

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Translation by Thomas Doctor
  • Mahākāla
  • ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • nag po chen po
  • Mahākāla
Translation by Wiesiek Mical
  • Mahākāla
  • ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • nag po chen po
  • Mahākāla

A Buddhist protector deity; also the name of one of the attendants on Śiva.

  • Mahākāla
  • ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • nag po chen po
  • Mahākāla

‟Great Death.” Most often considered a wrathful form of Avalokiteśvara, in the Bhūta­ḍāmara Tantra he is one of the wrathful forms of Śiva.

Translation by Adam Krug
  • Mahākāla
  • ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • nag po chen po
  • Mahākāla

Mahākāla (“the great black one”) is both a name for one of the god Śiva’s wrathful manifestations and an important Buddhist protector deity. The Mahābhārata and Harivaṁśa list Mahākāla as one of Śiva’s attendants.