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Mahākāla (Skt., ‘great-time’). A name of Śiva in his destructive aspect; he also represents death. Mahākāla is one of the eight deities known as the Terrible Divinities, also venerated by the Mongols as ‘protector of the tent’ (gur-gyi-mgnon-po). In the Buddhist pantheon Mahākāla is reduced to being a doorkeeper of Buddha's temple.