Hevajra is one of the chief dieties of the Tantric (esoteric, unorthodox) path to enlightenment, a particularly demanding path, requiring a high degree of religious knowledge and intellectual acuity. The deity is the personification of enlightenment in the here and now. Among his most important attributes is his dance pose, which symbolizes the dynamics of the process of enlightenment as an inner battle between the powers that cling to the conditions of the three dimensional world and those that seek to break free of them. His dance represents liberation from bondage.
Hevajra is one of the outstanding works of art produced by the Tantric Buddhism in Cambodia. The 8 heads are constructed on 3 levels in the manner typical for Hevajra, with the gaze directed forward, behind, and on the sides. They signify his all-embracing Buddha nature. The third eye on each of the heads symbolizes the mystery of body, speech, and mind. Like wide-spread wings, the 16 arms frame the deity poised on one leg and lend him stability. His earrings are worn to indicate one’s deafness to evil words spoken against one’s guru or spiritual guide and bracelets one’s renunciation of harmful living beings.
'He' means great compassion, 'Vajra' means wisdom. Hevajra therefore symbolizes the union of these two forces- wisdom and compassion.
the deity Hevajra, ‘Eternal Hevajra’ is worshipped principally in Tibet, Nepal, and Mongolia; and has also had a following in Thailand and Cambodia. In Tibet, Hevajra is the yidam (a deity adopted as a kind of guardian angel who may be called on in times of crisis) of the Buddhist order.