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Kalachakra Thanka is a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism that means wheel of time or "time-cycles". Kalachakra Thanka is usually used to refer to a very complex teaching and practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Thanka is a painting on cotton, or silk applique, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort.
Thangka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. These Thanka also served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas.