Shri Devi - Palden Lhamo Painted Thangka
Thangka with brocade border 36 x 28 inches (91 x 71cm)
Thangka without brocade border 18 x 14 inches (46 x 36cm)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border.
Palden Lhamo is one of the principle guardian gods of Buddhism in Tibet, particularly of the Geluk school. Unlike most other protector deities, she is considered a realized adept in the Tantric path and hence receives more reverence than other protector deities, such as those tamed by Padmasambhava. Being so, she is one of the very few guardian deities considered worthy of prostration.The first mention of Palden Lhamo in the annals of Tibetan history is of her swearing allegiance to the first Dharma king Songtsen Gampo. Palden Lhamo became more intertwined with Tibetan history through her relationship with the successive Dalai Lamas, beginning with the many visions the great first Dalai Lama had of her from early childhood.
Wrathful, fanged, and ornamented with a necklace of skulls, she rides a mule across a sea of blood bearing a skull cup filled with blood.
Each thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. The colors are natural, extracted from plants and minerals, and adorned with 24k gold paint. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.
The thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border.
Learn more about thangka painting at Norbulingka here.