The beautiful Gahu box pendant quite takes your breath away - it is made of gold washed copper, with delightful scroll work, and embedded with turquoise and coral. Kalachakra boxes are expensive and sought after, they are difficult to find and I grabbed the last one that this vendor had.
Kalachakra is a Sanskrit word made up of two terms; kala meaning “time” and chakra meaning “wheel”, literally translated into English as “Wheel of Time”. It is one of many tantric teachings and esoteric practices in Tibetan Buddhism. The tradition combines myth and history, whereby actual historical events become an allegory for the spiritual drama within a person, drawing symbolic / allegorical lessons for inner transformation towards realizing Nirvana. The most important texts of this tradition include the Kalachakra Tantra and the Vimalaprabha. The traditions roots are in India, but its most active history and presence has been in the monasteries of Tibet, and it is believed that the Kalachakra was taught by the Buddha himself.
The necklace is 21" long and has three strands of coral spiky beads flanking the pendant, which end in blue howlite pumpkin beads, yak bone beads from Tibet, little gold plated glass beads and a toggle clasp. However, to my mind, the pendant is the showpiece and is particularly beautiful. The box mechanism is intact and can be used to carry pills, prayers or other charms - I would just wear it because of its extreme beauty.