Palden Lhamo played a
vital role in safeguarding Tibetan Buddhism. In her
iconic depictions, she is often portrayed seated sideways on her mule. She
adorns herself with Dharmapala ornaments, which are designed for the fierce
divine beings. Notably, her headdress includes a skull crown with a serpent and
half vajra rising in a flame-like shape, crowned by the moon. Between her
eyebrows, a third wisdom eye is depicted.
Her expression is
fierce and resolute, with stiff folds of a scarf rising on either side of her
head, similar to those worn by other Dharmapala deities. She wears a long
garland of severed heads and, hanging over her navel, an ornament in the shape
of a wheel. These characteristics symbolize her protective and powerful nature,
serving as a guardian of the Dharma and the people of Tibet.
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