Virgo Shaka (乙女座のシャカ, Barugo no Shaka?) is one of the Twelve Gold Saints. As the guardian of the Temple of Virgo along the path of Sanctuary, Shaka has played a pivotal role chiefly in the battle between Athena and the Pope in the Sanctuary arc, and also in the Hades arc. He is referred to many times on the story as the "the man who is closest to god" (or closest to attain godhood) due to his immense power and is also considered the only Gold Saint that has full control over the Araya Shiki (8th sense). Shaka alone of all saints occupies the rarefied spot between God and man, but living between two worlds has its blessings as well as curses. Being the Reincarnation of Buddha* and endowed with the most powerful cosmos of all the saints even overpowering Libra Dohko's and Aries Shion's Cosmos, Shaka well deserves his reputation as the man closest to God. Even as a child in India, Shaka was precocious and communed with God himself--a scene recounted in the flashbacks moments before Shaka's death in the Twin Sala's Garden. For someone whose life has just begun, he had been unusually sensitive to sufferings and mortality of human life.
Shaka is said to be the only one of the Gold Saints that not only masters the 7th sense, (allowing him to move at the speed of light), but also the 8th sense (allowing his soul to retain its will at the underworld).
Shaka has shown enough telekinetic power to even control his enemies' weapons and to reform his body after it was obliterated by Phoenix Ikki. His mental power is also formidable, since Ikki's mental attacks were completely ineffective but were returned to the original caster. He often casts illusions to deceive his enemies. A probably illusionary technique is Transmigration (or Reincarnation) to the Six Paths (六道輪廻, Rikudō Rinne?) in which Shaka sends his opponent to one of the six Dharma's rebirth realms. These realms are, as described by Kurumada: Gakikai (the realm of the preta), Jinkai (the realm of humans), Jigokukai (the realm of hell), Chikushōkai (the realm of beasts), Shurakai (the realm of the warring demigods) and finally Tenkai (the realm of heaven). Interestingly enough, Kurumada presents the Buddhist realms of reincarnation as separate planes of existence from those found in the Hades arc of his manga, which he derived from Dante Alighieri's conception of the underworld. The Tenkai is considered the worst realm to be sent as mentioned by Shaka.
Shaka strengthens his Cosmos energy by depriving himself of his eyesight. When he opens his eyes, the stored strength is then released. Due to his enormous power, Shaka is called the "man who is closest to god".
Between his offensive techniques he can use Demon Pacifier (天魔降伏, Tenma Kōfuku?) to expand his cosmos at multiple targets or at a single one as a blast, that it was strong enough to destroy a large part of the Cancer Temple and Heaven Supremacy on evil spirits of rivers and mountains (天空覇邪魑魅魍魎, Tenkūhajachimimōryō?) in which Shaka summons minor spirits and sends them against his enemies. He can also use Hāṃ (カーン, Kān?), a defensive technique that creates a barrier that encircles Shaka's body.
Shaka's strongest attack, The Treasures of Heavens (天舞宝輪, Tenbuhōrin?), is a defensive and offensive technique. It removes the senses of its target one by one until it kills him. All five hits have been named as "Remove of the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th sense" (Dai Ikkan/Nikan/Sankan/Yonkan/Gokan Hakudatsu?). Apart from removing the five senses it can also stop the main functions of the brain that allows the body to think, also called the 6th sense. However the offensive power of this attack is so powerful that it can even destroy the cloth of the opponent.
Apart from those fighting techniques, Shaka also uses two concentration ones that belong to the Hinduism and buddhism like Om(ॐ) to maximize his Cosmo energy, allowing him to use the full extent of his power and Tenpōrin Seal (転法輪印, Tenpōrin'in?) to erase any doubts in his mind that could refrain him during the fight.