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Yamāntaka's name literally means "the terminator of death". He is painted on the mountain side, khata thrown over the stone.
Within Buddhism, "terminating death" is actually a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. In this context, Yamantaka represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner's journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamāntaka – the practice of terminating death.