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kaṠvaṇga


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(Skt.)

A staff of the kind carried by deities associated with the anuttara-yoga Mother Tantras. The staff has three human heads at the upper end—one freshly cut, one shrivelled, and a skull—and is surmounted by a vajra or a trident. The three heads symbolize the overcoming of the three roots of evil (akuśala-mūla), namely greed (rāga), hatred (dveṣa), and delusion (moha).

Subjects: Buddhism.


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