He is seen in yab yum position with his consort, Namshyalma. She traditionally holds a vajra weapon and a skull cap. This union represents the marrying of the male essence of compassion and skill with the female essence of enlightenment and insight. Heruka also sports a tiger skin on his clothing as a sign of power. The circle he is in is designed with elements of flames, which can signify the transformative power of fire to enlighten. The whole thangka uses primarily red and orange paint of a fiery finish. Around him in the central concentric circle are a Buddha and bodhisattvas believed to be from the higher realms. At the bottom appears to be images of Yamantaka, the conqueror of death, stepping on a buffalo.