Mahakala Bernagchen | The Black Cloak Statue



Mahakala Bernagchen, The Black Cloak Statue

Bernagchen, a two-armed Mahakala also known as The Black Cloak, is a guardian of the Karma Kagyu tradition. This handmade statue by the artist from Kathmandu portrays him with a wrathful expression on his face with red hair flowing upward like blazing fire. He stands on a seat with a flaming fire above a defeated human, wearing a majestic robe embedded with corals. He carries a digu on his right hand, which represents the cutting through destructive patterns like aggressiveness, hatred, and ignorance, and a skull cup in his left hand is generally filled with blood or human brain matter.

Size: 10.6"/27cm (Height) x 7.4"/19cm (Base)
Weight: 1.850 kg
Material: 24K Gold Gilded, Copper Body, Acrylic Paintings

Mahakala Bernagchen, also The Black Cloak, is the personal guardian of the Karmapas, the leaders of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The technique was established in the Karma Kagyu tradition by the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1206-1283 CE). The method comes from the Nyingma lineage's Revealed Treasure or Terma tradition.