Vajrakilaya Mantra (Vajrakumara): Meaning & Benefits

Vajrakilaya (also known as Vajrakumara) is the primary meditational deity of the Nyingmapa tradition (the oldest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism) of Vajrayana Buddhism, and the practice undertaken and accomplished by the majority of its great realized masters.

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva (the esoteric aspect of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra), the Buddha of purification. This powerful practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing outer and inner obstacles to happiness, peace, bliss, and enlightenment.

Once a year, before the Tibetan New Year (is the same as Chinese New Year), Nyingma gompas do a few days of practice of a wrathful obstacle removing practice, commonly Vajrakilaya.

Moreover, The Sakya Order has numerous esoteric and exoteric teachings, and among them, the Vajrakilaya teaching cycle is the Buddhist teaching with the longest history.

When the great Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) first arrived in Tibet, the first transmission that he gave to his 25 “heart disciples” were the practices of the Varjakilaya Tantra. Many great Tibetan masters of all the lineages, particularly Sakya and Nyingma, have engaged in this quintessential practice to accomplish complete enlightenment throughout the ages. The continuous transmission of this Tantra comes from these great Tibetan lamas in an unbroken lineage until the present day.


Despite the large fangs and bulging eyes and his wrathful appearance, He is perceived as having a benevolent demeanor. Vajrakilaya wears an elephant skin across his back, showing that He has abandoned the ignorance of self-grasping. His loin cloth is made of tiger skin, representing His abandonment of hatred, and He wears a long necklace of freshly severed human heads, signifying His abandonment of ordinary appearances and conceptions.

Mantra lyrics:


Chanting Vajrakilaya mantra (Vajrakumara) benefits:

This is a very powerful practice for removing hindrances. It is said to have been found by Guru Padmasambhava in a cave in Nepal and hidden as a terma (this word translates as “treasure” and indicates to the Buddhist (or Bon) scriptures retrieved from the distant past through a process of revelation) by the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal.

Known for its reversal of obstacles, this powerful ritual is performed to transform sickness, negativity, and obscurations, bringing about well-being, happiness, and ultimate enlightenment. This practice is particularly helpful and suitable during these times, both for individual practitioners and for the well-being of the world community as a whole.

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