Mahākāla is a deity common to Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism. In both religions, Mahākāla is a fierce manifestation of Shiva and is the consort of the goddess Mahākālī; he most prominently appears in the Kalikula sect of Shaktism. Mahākāla also appears as a protector deity known as a dharmapala in Vajrayana, Chinese Esoteric, and Tibetan Buddhism, and also in the Chàn and Shingon traditions. He is known as Dàhēitiān and Daaih'hāktīn in Mandarin and Cantonese, Daeheukcheon in Korean, Đại Hắc Thiên in Vietnamese, and Daikokuten in Japanese.
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