Virupaksa, Guardian of theWest
Vaisravana, Guardian of the North
Dhrtarastra, Guardian of the East
Virudhaka, Guardian of the South
all photos © 1998 Kerk Phillips
The Four Heavenly Kings dwell in the heaven closest to this earth and guard the four cardinal directions.
The placement of the four kings in the gate is given by the following map:
The gate has been repainted since my first visit in 1980. Here is what it looked like then.