Black Mahakala is an aspect of Mahakala, one of the eight great Dharmasalas, or Dharma Defenders. Also known as the Protector of Wisdom, Mahakala is a wrathful deity who courageously protects the Buddhist teachings and those who study them from harm and evil forces. Despite Mahakala's always terrifying appearance, he is a Bodhisattva, an embodiment of compassion who acts for the benefit of all sentient beings. His function is to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, as well as to foster the necessary conditions for their practice. It is said that by simply making a wish for protection to Mahakala, a sincere seeker's needs will be met. Painted: This beautiful Black Mahakala Thangka Painting is painted by the experienced artists of Nepal who have been in this business for generations. Availability: This Black Mahakala Thangka Painting is shipped within 12 hours of order received through DHL and reached to the customer within 3 to 5 business days after it is shipped. Note: Please note that the actual colors of this Black Mahakala Thangka Painting may vary due to differences in monitor color depth and make. The color shown is as close as possible to the actual colors of the Thangka Painting. The shape of this Thangka Painting may not look perfect rectangle in the picture but in real; the inner dimension of every Thangka Painting is perfectly rectangle since they are precisely measured while painting.