Nagaradja (Lhudjal)
The Serpent King and Master of Tantra
- Phu -
The Nagaradja's are mythological serpent kings which rule the various cosmic oceans. Traditionally there are 10 major Nagaradjas ruling the 4 main directions (east, west, south, north), the 4 sub-directions (east-west, north-east etc.) as well as zenith and nadir. According to the elements (east=water=blue, north=air=green etc.) and mixing of the elements (bluegreen, yellowred etc.) they have a different color. Their main attributes are precious stones which they wear in their crowns and which symbolize their vast magic potential. Their mythological enemies are the garudas (primordial birds) which try to steal those stones. Because of their strong magical powers (siddhis), their great tantric knowledge, and to keep them in a peaceful mood (they quickly can change into wrathful emanations, called Nagarakshas), some tantric rituals start with inviting the 10 big naga-kings by the intonation of the so-called 10 long Phu's. PHU is the seed-syllable for all nagaradjas. The short mantra is OM NAGARADJA SARVA SIDDHI HUNG. - This painting by Tenga Tulku shows the gold-yellow Nagaradja, surrounded by Manjushri, White Tara, Vajrakila and some naga-deities (lhu). It is the special protector deity of Hans Taeger (Champa Legshe) and Manjushri Mandala.
The thangka reproduction is of poor quality. Sorry. Click here for thangka detail!
For some additional informations click 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Links to some naga-recources:
thangka detail
the naga-page at Khandro-Net
the Khandro-Net main page
the naga-page of Dr. Htin Aung
...  see also this Nagaradja gift
More Pages on Tibetan Buddhism
Kalu Rinpoche: Mahamudra
Biographical Notes on Kalu Rinpoche
Kalu Rinpoche: The 6 Bardos
Lama Yeshe: Buddhist Way of Thought
Lama Yeshe, A Milestone in My Life
Geshe Rabten: Buddhist Philosophy
Tenga Tulku (Biographical Notes)
Gangchen Tulku, The Healing Lama
Tibetan Art (Thangka Gallery 1)
Shine Meditation
Taeger's Buddhist Teachers
Mentor (White Manjushri Thangka)
Book Recommendations (Buddhism)
Alex Grey: Nature of Mind
Some Minor Buddhist Subpages
Geshe Rabten, Kalu Rinpoche,
Zong Rinpoche,
Gangchen Tulku & Panchen Ötrul R.,
Tenga Tulku,(small page),
Gangchen Tulku (Photo Impressions)
Lama Yeshe & Lama Zopa (Photo),
Vajrapani Painting, Nagaradja (detail),
Green Tara Painting (by Andy Weber),
8-Armed Green Tara Painting,
Shakyamuni Buddha
Vajrakila Painting,
Skyblue Manjushri, Naga Goddesses,
Psychedelic Buddha,
Initiation Page (H. Taeger),
Retreat Confirmation (H. Taeger)
Hans Taeger: Thoughts & Quotes
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