Mahakala looks wrathful and is bedecked with serpents. He wears a garland of severed heads and a crown of five skulls , which represents five poisons of delusions namely lust , hatred , ignorance , pride and jealousy transformed into the wisdom of five Buddhas . His right hand holds a kartri symbolizing that he has cut off ego , clinging , and attachment . His left hand holds a kapala filled with blood symbolizing the subjugation of the evil . Since , there are many forms of Mahakala such as two armed , four armed and multiple armed ; the deity holds different objects according to it’s different manifestations . He also wears a tiger skin symbolizing the purification of desires . He has three eyes symbolizing his clear comprehension of Three times . He looks ferocious against a background of blazing fire .
His two feet symbolize wisdom and method . His ferocious appearance aside , Mahakala is a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara , the embodiment of universal compassion.