This takdröl is a sacred relic of the Khordong tradition passed down to Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche from the first Nuden Dorje Dro’phang Lingpa Tröllö Tsal. Takdröls in this form are signs of accomplishment and are worn by Masters of the gö kar chang lo’i dé who have completed the first two Lama khorlos: a. of study and practice and b. of retreat and accomplishment. This is the most elaborate form of takdröl and represents the ‘mahasiddha ornament’ in which a skull is worn in the hair. An example of this appearance can be seen in the iconography of Nyima ’ö-Zér – one of the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava. The skull is surrounded by flames which symbolise wisdom, and the tube of the takdröl contains a takdröl text of the Khordong gTér lineage.
According to the Nyingma gTérmas the are four effectuations of liberation: thon-dröl (mthong grol – liberation on seeing); thö-dröl (thos grol – liberation on hearing); takdröl (brTags grol – liberation by wearing); and myangdröl (myang grol – liberation on tasting).