How many wrathful deities are there?
In Sanskrit, the wrathful deities are known as dharmapalas, which means “defender of the dharmaâ€. There are 8 wrathful deities. It is interesting to know that these eight wrathful deities can be worshipped as a group of “Eight Terrible Ones”. The wrathful deities are represented by Lha-mo, Tshangs-pa Dkar-po, Beg-tse, Yama, Kubera, or Vaisravana, Mahakala, Hayagriva and Yamantaka. Keep in mind that worship of the wrathful deities was initiated in the 8th century by the magician-saint Padmasambhava.