Ceremonial Phurba. Mahakala. Hand carved in Boxwood. Hand polished. Kathmandu Valley. Nepal
The phurba – aka kila – was and is used as a ritual implement to signify stability on sacred grounds/earth during ceremonies.
As a tool of exorcism, the kila can hold demons in place . . . binding and pinning down negative energies from the mind stream of an entity or person.
Another use is when a religious building is being placed, such as a temple or monastery. Phurbas are driven in the ground in four places before construction begins.
Finally, phurbas are regularly used for shamanic healing, harmonizing and energy work.
This phurba is a piece of art! Hand carved and polished in boxwood, it has many of the elements of the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Mahākāla – the figure on the top – is a protector deity known as a dharmapala in Vajrayana Buddhism. Also notice the serpents on the blade and details throughout.
Stand not included.