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The Kṣetrapāla occupies an important place among the subsidiary deities in the temples of Śiva . He is the chief guardian of the temple. His appearance can be described as below:
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The Kṣetrapāla occupies an important place among the subsidiary [[deities]] in the [[temples]] of [[Śiva]] . He is the chief guardian of the temple. His appearance can be described as below:
 
* His idol is usually naked.
 
* His idol is usually naked.
 
* He has protruding eyes.
 
* He has protruding eyes.
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* He is accompanied by a dog.
 
* He is accompanied by a dog.
 
* He is worshiped first before commencing the regular service of the day.
 
* He is worshiped first before commencing the regular service of the day.
* He seems to be an aspect of Bhairava.
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* He seems to be an aspect of [[Bhairava]].
 
* He may have three aspects according to the three guṇas:
 
* He may have three aspects according to the three guṇas:
# Sattva
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# Rajas  
 
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# Tamas
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 06:04, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ksetrapala, KSetrapala, Kshetrapala


Kṣetrapala literally means ‘guardian of the site’.

Kṣetrapala

The Kṣetrapāla occupies an important place among the subsidiary deities in the temples of Śiva . He is the chief guardian of the temple. His appearance can be described as below:

  • His idol is usually naked.
  • He has protruding eyes.
  • He exhibits sharp fangs in the mouth.
  • He has disheveled hair.
  • Snakes are his ornaments.
  • He is shown with two or four or even six hands carrying:
  1. Sword
  2. Bell
  3. Trident
  4. Noose
  5. Skull-cup
  6. Fire
  • He stands on a lotus.
  • He is accompanied by a dog.
  • He is worshiped first before commencing the regular service of the day.
  • He seems to be an aspect of Bhairava.
  • He may have three aspects according to the three guṇas:
  1. Sattva
  2. Rajas
  3. Tamas
  • He can also be an independent deity with his own shrine usually set up in the north-eastern corner of the village or town.
  • His shrine should not face east.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore