The Phurba is a three-sided dagger traditionally associated with Tibetan Buddhism. It is used as a ritual implement to signify stability on a prayer grounds during ceremonies, and only those initiated in its use, or otherwise empowered, may wield it. The energy of the kīla is fierce, wrathful, piercing, affixing, transfixing. Traditionally, like the majority of Tibetan metal instruments, the phurba is made from brass and iron, as well as copper in some cases. The pommel of the blade is traditionally ornamented with a wrathful, or semi-wrathful face of a guardian deity.
As a tool of exorcism, the Phurba may be employed to hold demons in place (once they have been removed from their human hosts, for example) in order that they may be re-directed and their obscurations transmuted. More esoterically, the Phurba may serve to bind and pin down negative energies or obscurations from the thought processes of an individual, to administer purification.
The Phurba as an iconographical implement is also directly related to Vajrakilaya or Dorje Phurba, a wrathful deity of Tibetan Buddhism who is often seen with his consort Vajravahari or dorje Pagmo. He is embodied in the Phurba as a means of destroying violence, hatred, and aggression by tying them to the blade of the Phurba and then changing their form with its tip.

 
     
  It is, therefore, that the Phurba is not a physical weapon, but a spiritual implement, and should be regarded as such.  
   
 
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