Palden Lhamo (Sri Devi)
Image: Palden Lhamo
Artist: Master Locho
Time Taken to Create the Painting- 6 Months.
Ideal for Spiritual Space, Meditation/Prayer room.
Palden Lhamo is respected as the only female Dharmapala; a Protector of the Dharma. Most of her weapons were gifts from other deities. The god Brahma gave her a peacock feather fan; Havajra gave her two dice, which determine the lives of men. Vishnu gifted her with Kuvera the lion and Nanda a king cobra to wear as earrings and Vajrapani presented her with a hammer. Palden Lhamo rides a mule on a sea of blood and the animal's reins are that of venomous snakes. She has three eyes and wears a crown and garland of skulls. She is also known as Kaladevi, Shri Devi, Magzor Gyalmo, Camundi, and the Queen who has the power to turn back armies.
Palden Lhamo is the protective deity of the Dalai Lamas. When His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was forced to flee Lhasa under the cover of night all he took with him was a thangka of Palden Lhamo.