Other names / Alternative spellings
Sha med gangs dkar (ms. ITJ 740 l. 209)
Sha myed (ms. PT 1287 l. 470, ITJ 739 l. 2v11)
Gangs kar (ms. PT 1287 l. 470)
Gangs gar (ms. ITJ 739 l. 2v11)
Sha myed gangs kar (reconstructed from ms. PT 1287 l. 470 "sha myed ni gangs kar")
Sha myed gangs gar (reconstructed from ms. ITJ 739 l. 2v11 "sha myed ni gangs gar")
Sha myed gangs dkar (ms. PT 307 l. II§2.6-7)
rDo rje kun tu bzang (ms. PT 307 l. II§2.1)
Gangs dkar sha myed rdo rje kun tu bzang (ms. PT 307 l. III.10-11)
Social groups (status, family, lineage...)
srin mo (female demon)
sman ? (female deity)
Period of activity
Sha myed gangs kar is mentioned in the song of victory over mGar attributed to the btsan po Khri 'dus srong (PT 1287 l. 470)
rDo rje kun tu bzang has a white body, sits on a white cang shes [horse]... She is also known as Sha myed gangs dkar (ms. PT 307 l. II§2)
rDo rje kun tu bzang / Sha myed gangs dkar was part of a group of seven female deities known as mkha' 'gro ma, shug 'gro ma, srin mo chen mo bdun, and ma chen mo bdun (ms. PT 307 III.1-2).
That group was composed of:
- rDo rje kun grags ma also known as rKong la de mo (the leader, ms. PT 307 II.§1),
- rDo rje kun tu bzang a.k.a. Sha myed gangs dkar (ms. PT 307 II.§2),
- rDo rje ye shes mchog a.k.a. brDa' la btsan mo (ms. PT 307 II.§4),
- rDo rje 'od chags ma a.k.a. Byang gi gser tang yi ge 'khor 'dul ma (ms. PT 307 II.§6)
- rDo rje g.yu sgron ma a.k.a. lHo'i ting ting (ms. PT 307 II.§7).
They were sisters (sring mo ms. PT 307, l. III.7-8) and were subdued by the Indian mkhan po Pad ma sam ba ba and by Rlang dPal gyi seng ge (ms. PT 307 l. III.4-6)
mkha' 'gro ma (ms. PT 307 l. III.1)
shug 'gro ma (ms. PT 307 l. III.1)
ma chen mo (ms. PT 307 l. III.1)
srin mo chen mo (ms. PT 307 l. III.1-2)
bod khams kyi bdag mo (ms. PT 307 l. III.5-6)
gang sman ? (ms. ITJ 739 l. 2v10-11)
On ms. PT 307, see Dalton 2004.
The description of rDo rje kun tu bzang / Sha myed gangs dkar in ms. PT 307
See also Gangs dkar sha med, also known as rDo rje spyan gcig ma, lHa bu gangs dkar ma, one of the bstan ma gcu gnyis (in Nebesky-Wojkowitz 1996 reprint p. 181-198, where the great gnod sbyin Gangs dkar sha med / rDo rje spyan gcig ma is distinguished from the great bdud mo rDo rje kun tu bzang / Gangs kyi yum chen / Brin gyi bkra shi tshe ring).