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ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། | Glossary of Terms


    nag po chen po


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Translation by Peter Alan Roberts
  • Mahākāla
  • ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • nag po chen po
  • mahākāla

Not to be confused with the protectors in the later higher tantras in this sūtra, or with Śiva who also has this name (though then it has the alternative meaning of “Great Time”), in the Kāraṇḍavyūha these are dangerous spirits. Elsewhere they are also said to be servants of Śiva, which may be the meaning here as they are grouped with the mātṛ goddesses.