Thang Tong Gyalpo a Tibetan Siddh

Thang Tong Gyalpo was a Tibetan Siddha. The Siddhas were "perfected ones" who attained direct realization by converting their weaknesses into strengths. They lived in India, primarily between the sixth and the tenth centuries, and in Tibet after Buddhism was established.
Many of the siddhas reached perfection while continuing to work in the word. Thang Tong Gyalpo was a fifteenth-century ironsmith and a famous bridgebuilder, who introduced into Tibet bridges suspended from iron chains. He is therefore usually depicted with an iron chain  in his hand.

from Tibetan In Pictures v.1. Li Gotami Govinda 





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