Known as “Lhagya Torchik” (“Single Torma for Hundreds of Deities”), this is a special tradition revealed in a terma where Guru Rinpoche gave the expedient of using a single torma to represent any of the hundreds of deities practiced in vajrayana. Therefore, the triangular-shaped top part represents any wrathful deity, while the curved-shape below represents any of the peaceful deities. Other than its versatility in terms of representing any of the vajrayana deities, this torma is also very portable and durable as it is not made from the usual perishable roasted barley flour (tsampa) and butter. The inside of this metal torma is hollow so that it can be filled with the necessary mantras and dharanis and other blessing substances.
Perfect as a special gift to one’s Lama (especially if he/she is of the Nyingma or Kagyu traditions) or as a support for one’s vajrayana sadhana practice where the use of a deity-torma (Tib. Lhator) is required but one has no familiarity or expertise in making one out of roasted barley flour and butter.