MAHAKALA THANGKA TC 4381

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Mahākāla is a deity common to Hinduism and TantricBuddhism.[1] In both religions, Mahākāla is a fierce manifestation of Shiva[1] and is the consort of the goddess Mahākālī; he most prominently appears in the Kalikula sect of Shaktism.[2][3][4]Mahākāla also appears as a protector deity known as a dharmapala in Vajrayana, Chinese Esoteric, and Tibetan Buddhism[1] (see Citipati), and also in the Chàn and Shingontraditions. He is known as Dàhēitiān and Daaih'hāktīn (大黑天) in Mandarin and Cantonese, Daeheukcheon (대흑천) in Korean, Đại Hắc Thiên in Vietnamese, and Daikokuten (大黒天) in Japanese

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