In Vajrayana Buddhism the deities are classified as peaceful and wrathful. The wrathfulness is indicated toward ego-grasping which is root obstruction to liberation. So the function of these deities is to remove or eliminate all sorts of obstacles or obstruction for the protection of dharma. These wrathful deities have multiple heads, arms, varying colors, forms, head-dresses, instruments and the other things. It is believed that the four cardinal directions, four corners and the top and bottom quarters numbering ten has each one deity who guards and protects. The origin of these ten deities of direction is described in the first chapter of the Guhyasamaja Tantra.
In most of the tantric practices of Nepalese Vajrayana Buddhism, the offering and the worship are made to these deities with special rites performed mostly in night times. One such instance is the rite of Initiation of Chakrasamvara in its fourteen aspects. Here Vajracharyas perform the worship of these wrathful deities at the cemetery to clear away the obstacles for the practice of Chakrasamvara. They are invoked to support the practices of these Sadhanas and gain realization of Mahamudra.
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