Uddiyanakurukulla, Uḍḍiyānakurukullā, Uddiyana-kurukulla: 1 definition

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Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Uḍḍiyānakurukullā (उड्डियानकुरुकुल्ला) refers to one of the names of Kurukullā: one of the various (female) emanations of Amitābha having their Sādhana described in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—Her Colour is red; her Appearance is terrible; her Āsana is the ardhaparyaṅka; her Vāhana is the corpse; she has four arms.—This form of Kurukullā is called in Sādhanas Uḍḍiyāna Kurukullā or Kurukullā as worshiped in Uḍḍiyanā (mod. Vajrajoginī).

Uḍḍiyānakurukullā [according to the information supplied by the sādhanas], looks rather fierce, with the garland of heads, the five skulls on the head, protruding teeth and tongue, garments of tiger-skin, and brown hair rising above her head in the shape of a flame. Her eyes, red, round and moving, are three in number. She is four-armed; the principal pair of hands is engaged in drawing to the full the flowery bow charged with an arrow of red lotus, while the second pair holds the goad of flowers and the red lotus.. She is red in colour and sits in the ardhaparyaṅka attitude on a corpse.

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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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