Rahula 9" x 12"
- original, hand-painted
- painted area 9" x 12", entire thangka 21" x 29"
- traditional brocade border
Rahula (Tib: Kyabjuk): is one of the Dharma-protectors of the terma teachings of the Nyingma Lineage. This deity is based on the Indian deity Rahula, an ancient Indian god, a demi-god, of the cosmos, related to the eclipse of the sun, moon and other planets. In Nyingma traditions, Rahula is portrayed with the lower body of a coiled serpent spirit (naga) and the upper body with four arms, nine heads, adorned with a thousand eyes. In the middle of the stomach is one large wrathful face. The face in the belly is actually the face and head of Rahula. The nine stacked heads depicted above are the nine planets that Rahula has eclipsed, or rather literally swallowed, eaten and now symbolically appear on top of his own face and insatiable mouth. At the crown of the stack of all the heads is the head of a black raven.