The Sanskrit name for this deity is “Dharmaraja” – the King of the Dharma. In this wrathful and protective aspect, Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom, appears to conquer hindrances and to remove inner or outer obstacles.The wrathful aspect transmutes anger and use this force to destroy deluded forces which stand in the way or interfere with beings happiness.
HISTORY: A powerful yogi sat in his cave meditating when poachers arrived with their prey of a water buffalo. They slaughtered the beast and when they caught sightof the yogi, they cut his head off, too. When the yogi’s consciousness returned, he realized that his head was missing, touching on the ground he found the buffalo head and stuck it on his body. With insane anger he killed the poachers and went on a rampage with an endless fury thru the villages. Manjushri, after being requested to help, manifested in this fearful and angry form of Yamanthaka , matching the buffalo’s head and wrathfulness, and subdued the enraged yogi. The yogi’s force was converted into the Dharma protector “ Dharma raja – Kalarupa. “
This practice is used by all lineages to avert disasters like war and famines.