Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich

Author name
Дружина Гесер-хана
tempera on canvas
91.5 × 137.2 cm
Location of the works
Nicholas Roerich Museum. New York

Helena Roerich col.; Katherine Campbell col., USA (1948); Nicholas Roerich Museum (1972)

"Alexsandra David-Nil, who visited Tibet many times, mentioned the myth about Geser-Hhan, whose legendary person stands near Rigden-Japo and is closely related to him. In his article "The Advent of the Northern Hero", madam David-Nil said: "Geser-Hhan is a hero whose new incarnation will take place in the Northern Shambhala. There, he will unite his fellows and chiefs who had accompanied him in the previous life. They all will be incarnated in Shambhala, where they will be attracted by the mysterious power of their Lord or those mystic voices that are heard only by those initiated". The Lord Geser-Hhan comes with an invincible army, to destroy the evil and to establish justice and prosperity upon the face of all the Earth. In Tibet, we found how widespread are these legends. We were told about the Geser-Hhan's palace in Khama, where swords of his army are collected, serving as girders of this building. Arrow is the attribute of Geser-Hhan. Arrow is a lightning, and arrowheads that are found in the fields, are considered to be hardened thunderbolts. A war is declared by sending an arrow, and one day we saw the mobilization caused by an arrow wrapped with red silk. In Leh, the capital of Ladakh, that is reputed to be the Geser-Hhan's motherland, there are many legends about him and Shambhala; people sing songs and tell legends about the hero and his wife Bruguma. High on the cliffs, you can see a white spot, and you will be told that this is a door leading the the Geser-Hhan's castle. On another cliff, you will find an image of a giant lion dedicated to the same hero".

N. Roerich. The Sacred Land.