The name "Mahakala"
originates from the Sanskrit words "Maha," signifying greatness, and
"kala," representing both blackness and time. Hence, Mahakala
translates as the "Great Black One." His primary hands grasp a spear
horizontally, while the second pair holds spears with emaciated male corpses
impaled upon them.
The third set of
hands holds a skin, likely that of a headless elephant. Remarkably similar to
the Mahakala depiction within the thousand-handed Avalokitesvara
mandala, the illustration diverges primarily in the number of faces. This
symbolism underscores Mahakala's multidimensional attributes, embodying time,
power, and transformation in the realm of Buddhism.
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