Four female gatekeepers 四守門女/四方守護明母

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The four female gatekeepers (Wyl. sgo ma bzhi), who are counted among the forty-two peaceful deities, are:

  1. Ankusha 馬面鐵鉤女 (Skt. Aṅkuśā; Wyl. lcags kyu ma or rta gdong ma) also called 'Horse Face' or 'Iron Hook', guarding the east gate and in union with Vijaya (or Achala?)
    金剛鐵鉤女,又稱馬面或鐵鉤,守護東門,與尊勝明王(或說不動明王)雙運 .
  2. Pasha 豬面繩索女 (Skt. Pāśā; Wyl. zhags pa ma or phag gdong ma) also called 'Sow Face' or 'the Noose', guarding the south gate and in union with Yamantaka
    金剛繩女,又稱亥母面或繩索套,守護南門,與閻魔敵明王雙運
  3. Shrinkhala 獅面鐵鍊女 (Skt. Śriṅkhalā; Wyl. lcags sgrog ma or seng gdong ma) also called 'Lion Face' or 'Iron Chain', guarding the west gate and in union with Hayagriva
    金剛鐵鍊女,又稱獅面或鐵鍊,守護西門,與馬頭明王雙運
  4. Ghanta 狼面鈴女 (Skt. Ghaṇtā; Wyl. dril bu ma or spyang gdong ma) also called 'Wolf Face' or 'the Bell', guarding the north gate and in union with Amritakundali.
    金剛鈴女,又稱狼面或鈴,守護北門,與甘露漩明王雙運

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