Five Emanations of Krodeshvari

Krodeshvari is a pure white dakini who appears (in the bardo) in inseparable union (yab-yum) with the powerful and fierce Chemchog Heruka, an emanation of the Adibuddha Samantabhadra.

Together, they give rise to the five divine couples who appear from the 8th day of the bardo onwards, each of who represents one of the five Buddha Families, with the male Herukas also being associated with the Sambhogakaya Buddhas: