Hayagriva is a fiery red, wrathful emanation of Amitabha know in the Kagyu tradition as Lotus-like speech.
His wisdom intent is expressed in the ‘three neighs of the horse.’ Through the compassionately wrathful, piercing neigh of HRIH, he awakens the world to the non-origination of Samsara and Nirvana. Making prayers to Hayagriva is considered a swift and powerful means to overcome negative forces, obstacles and illness.
Hayagriva is one of the Eight Great Herukas and the Supreme Hayagriva Root Tantra was entrusted to Nagarjuna as the lineage holder. He was one of the main deities practiced by Padmasambhava. Hayagriva is usually shown with a horse’s head protruding from his crown. Here, Hayagriva is portrayed in union with Vajravarahi to signify the union of wisdom and compassion.