Rahula (Tib. kyab jug) is the most wrathful of the oath-bound protectors. Fiercely wrathful, purple-black in color, with nine heads. Each face has three large eyes and a gaping mouth with exposed fangs. On his stomach is the large face of the original Rahula who devoured the nine celestial planets. His body is covered with numerous eyes indicating that he is protecting the Dharma in all ten directions.
The first pair of hands draw a bow and arrow. The second right holds aloft a crocodile makara scepter signifying the defeat of the Nagas and the sa-dak. His left hand holds a snake lasso for binding neurosis. Adorned with crowns of five skulls and gold earrings he wears a green scarf on his shoulders and a tiger skin around his waist. His lower body is that of a coiled naga serpent arising from a lake of blood, symbolizing the release of worldly attachments. Orange flames and black smoke, symbolizing the incineration of all the miseries of the world, surround him. The crow on the top of Rahula's head symbolizes his praise for the triple gem (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha).
Rahula is a protector to those practitioners who value the destruction of their hidden areas of cherished narcissism. He is a friend who causes trouble to practitioners who are in danger of breaking their vows. He holds his noose around ones neck, and if one is an authentic yogi or yogini – one feels that noose at all times.
This dynamic thangka was painted by Prakash Jr. It's execution is perfect. The flames and blood lake are particularly well done and the way he painted black lines around the clouds makes them pop out.
Canvas Size:14"x19" Brocade Size: 21"x36"
(see paragraph 4 of the thangka catagory page for information on brocade borders)