"I request that you protect all horses. Increase the number of mares. For
from the mother of the horse many supreme horses will be born. Please
disperse the obstacles on the Path and reveal the right direction."
Here he is identifiable by the heads of horses, peeping first from above the
cluster of three heads, and then from the topmost head.
Hayagriva is a wrathful manifestation of Avalokiteshvara. There are believed
to be 108 forms of Hayagriva. His special ability is to cure diseases,
especially skin diseases even as serious as leprosy, which is said to be
caused by the Nagas (malignant water spirits with serpent bodies).
Here he is depicted with sixteen arms and five heads, each of which has
three eyes. He embraces his shakti, the goddess Marici, whose mouth nearly
touches the tongue of the god. This divine pair tramples beneath its feet
naga deities, who as mentioned above are symbolic of malignant spirits.
Each of our thangkas comes framed in silk brocade and veil, ready to be hung in your altar.
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