Palden Lhamo, also known as Sri Devi, is a prominent Tibetan guardian deity and one of the eight protector deities. Chvaskamuni devi is how Newars refer to her. She is the most heinous and powerful of all the demons, as well as the most feared. Her appearance is horrible, with her disproportionately huge head, cruel, uncaring eyes, and third eye in the center of her forehead.
Palden Lhamo is considered a unique guardian of Lhasa and the Dalai Lamas in Tibet. She emerges at Lhamo Latsho, a mystery lake located around 90 miles southeast of Lhasa. Palden Lhamo is said to have appeared in Gendun dup's vision and promised to protect the Dalai Lama's reincarnation lineage. "Gendun Gyatso, the 2nd Dalai Lama, institutionalized the system in which the Regents and other monks are required to go to the lake to seek her guidance on choosing the next reincarnation through visions while meditating there.
In this thangka, Palden Lhamo is a bulky, muscular woman who rides a white-faced mule while wearing a saddle made from her own son's skin, which she flayed herself. Venomous snakes coil as a harness around her white mule's head. Two dice are dangling from the mule's front flank, which she uses to assess whether someone's karmic punishment is favorable or terrible. She wears human skins and feeds on human brains with her bloodied teeth and writhing tongue. Her gray hair is standing straight up. A crown of five human skulls and a garland of coiled snakes adorn her head.
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