A Description of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities for the Künzang Tuktig

by Lama Putsi, Pema Tashi
The Peaceful Deities
The chief of the peaceful ones, upon a lion throne, lotus, sun and moon, is Guru Samantabhadra, deep blue, with the hand gesture of equanimity, embracing his consort. His consort is white. They are endowed with sambhogakaya ornaments.
In the center is white Vairochana. His right hand is holding a wheel and his left a bell. His consort is white. She holds a bell in her right hand and with her left hand she raises amrita to his lips.
In the east is Akshobya with consort. He is dark blue. In his right hand he holds a dorje and in his left a bell. His consort holds a bell in her right hand and with her left hand she raises amrita to his lips.
To their right is white Kshiti Garbha a precious/jewelled seedling/sprout. Lasya is white. In her left hand she is holding a mirror.
To the left is Maitreya, a cream colour. In his right hand he holds a naga tree. Dhupa/Pushpa (is also of a) cream colour holding a censor. In his left hand and her right hand are bells.
All of them rest in equanimity/nampar jor*.
In the south is Ratnasambhava with consort. Yellow, holding a jewel in hir right hand. In his left is a bell. His consort holds a bell in her roight hand and with her left hand she raises amrita to his lips.
To their right is Akasha Garbha. Yellow, holding a sword in his right hand. Mala, yellow, holds a jeweled mala in her left hand.
On the left is Nivarana Vishkambhin. Orange. Holding a wheel n his right hand. Pushpa orange, holding a flower in her left hand.
The males are holding a bell in their left hands and their consorts are holding a bell in their right hands.
In the west Amitabha with consort. Red. Holding a lotus in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a bell. His consort holds a bell in her right hand and with her left hand she raises amrita to his lips.
On their right is red Avalokiteshvara. In his right hand he holds a white lotus. Girti is red and holds a lute in her left hand.
On their left is Samantabhadra red-green. Holding jewel in his right hand. Aloka also red-green holds a lamp in her left hand. The males are holding a bell in their left hands and their consorts are holding a bell in their right hands.
In the north Amoghasiddhi with consort. Green. Holding a vajra-cross in his right hand and a bell in his left. His consort holds a bell in her right hand and with her left hand she raises amrita to his lips.
To their right Vajrapani dark blue (green?)*. Holding a vajra yak tail/whisk in his right hand. Nirti is light blue. Her left hand is in the dancing mudra/gesture.
On their left is Manjushri. Light green. Holding an utpala flower in his right hand. Gandhe light green. Her left hand holds a conch filled with perfume. The males are holding a bell in their left hands and their consorts are holding a bell in their right hands.
The munis of the six classes: Indra is white and is holding a lute. Shakyamuni is yellow and is holding a begging bowl. Jvalamukha (Khabar) is dark yellow and is holding a small chest. Senge Rabten* is dark red and is holding book. Vemachitra is dark blue and is holding a sabre. Dharmaraja is black and is carrying fire and water.
At the four gates: Yamantaka, dark maroon, holding up a nri head; his wrathful consort, (Chagkyuma) is also dark maroon embraces him while holding an iron hook. Mahabala is dark yellow, holds a vajra* cudgel; his wrathful consort, (Shagpama,) is dark yellow and she holds a lasso/snare. Hayagriva, dark red, holds a skull and a cudgel entwined with snakes*; his wrathful consort (Chagdrogma) is dark red and she holds iron shackles. Amritakundali, green, holds a vajra cross and a cudgel; his wrathful consort (Drilbuma) is dark green and she embraces him while holding a bell. All of the couples raise their left hand in the threatening gesture.

The Wrathful Deities
The chief is Chemchok Heruka, indigo. His right face is white, his left red. In his three right hands he holds nine-, five- and three-pronged vajras. In his three left hands he holds skull-cups with blood. His consort is light blue and is holding a vajra and skull-cup with blood.
In the center, Buddha Heruka is dark maroon. His right face is white and his left is yellow. In his three right hands he is holding a wheel, a vajra, and a tira. In his left hands a bell, a fresh skull, and a trident. His consort is light maroon.
In the east, Vajra Heruka is indigo. His right face is white and his left face is red. In his three right he holds a nine-pronged vajra, a five-pronged vajra and a tira. In his three left hands he is holding a bell, a fresh skull and the world. His consort is light blue (and performs) the six powerful acts of pacifying.
In the south, Ratna Heruka is dark yellow. His right face is green anfd his left face is red. His three right hands hold a jewel, a vajra and a tira. His three left hands hold a bell, a red conch a battle axe. His consort is light yellow (and performs) the six acts of increasing*.
In the west, Lotus Heruka is dark red. His right face is white and his left face is yelow. His three right hands hold a lotus, a vajra and a tira. His three left hands hold a bell, a skull with blood and a small drum. His consort is light red (and performs) the six acts of magnetizing.*
In the north, Karma Heruka is dark green. His right face is white and his left face is red. His three right hands hold a vajra cross, a vajra and a tira. His three left hands hold a bell, a red conch a ploughshare. His consort is light yellow (and performs) the six wrathful acts*.