Herukavajra, Heruka-vajra: 2 definitions



Herukavajra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Herukavajra (हेरुकवज्र) is another name for Nīladaṇḍa: one of the ten deities of the quarters (Dikpāla) presiding over the Nairṛta-corner, commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—His Colour is blue; he has three faces and six arms.—The sixth deity in the series is Nīladaṇḍa who is the presiding deity of the Nairṛta corner.—In the vajrahūṃkāra-maṇḍala his name is Vajrakāla. But in the dharmadhātuvagīśvara-maṇḍala his name is Herukavajra.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Herukavajra (हेरुकवज्र), or Śrīherukavajra is an alternative name of Akṣobhyavajra: a deity to be contemplated upon by a practicioner purifying his correspondences (viśuddhi), according to the 12th-century Abhisamayamañjarī. The contemplation is prescribed as a preliminary ritual for a yogin wishing to establish, or reestablish the union with a deity.

Herukavajra is associated with the skandha named tathatā (suchness) and the color black. He is to be visualised as standing in the warrior (ālīḍha) stance, having three eyes, matted locks and bearing the five signs of observance (mudrā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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