The Indian Buddhist Iconography

by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya | 1958 | ISBN-10: 8173053138 | ISBN-13: 9788173053139

This page contains an iconography image of Halahala and represents figure 109 of the book Indian Buddhist Iconography, based on extracts of the Sadhanamala English translation. These plates and illustrations represent either photographs of sculptures or line-drawing reproductions of paintings or other representations of Buddhist artwork.

Figure 109 - Hālāhala

Halahala
Figure 109: Hālāhala
(Nepal)

Three Sādhanas in the Sādhanamala are devoted to the worship of Hālāhala Lokeśvara. Images of this divinity are rarely to be met with in India, but in Nepal there are some, though they do not strictly follow the Sādhana. The distinguishing feature of Hālāhala is that he is generally accompanied by his Śakti or female energy whom he carries on his lap. The Sādhanas all enjoin the presence of the Śakti, but in a stone image from Nepal (Fig. 109), he is represented alone. According to the Sādhana the god should be seated, but the image above referred to represents him in a standing attitude.

One image of Hālāhala is found in China.

Colour: white;
Faces: three;
Hands: six;
Companion: prajñā;