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Anantasana, aka: Ananta-asana, Anantāsana; 4 Definition(s)


Anantasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन).—When used as a pītha (seat or pedestal), this Āsana should be used as the seat for the image when it has to witness amusements, according to the Suprabhedāgama. According to the Candrajñānāgama, the seat is of a triangular shape.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconographyŚilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Yoga (school of philosophy)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन, “Ananta posture”) is a Sanskrit word referring to a type of posture (āsana) used in Yoga. It is composed of the words Ananta (endless bed of Viṣṇu) and and āsana (posture).

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 1 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Lie down on the back. Place either foot behind the head. Take the toes with the opposite hand and stretch the other hand and foot out. This is anantāsana, the āsana of the endless”.

The 19th-century Śrītattvanidhi is a sanskrit treatise describing 80 primary āsanas, or ‘posture’ (eg., ananta-āsana) and several additional ones.

The word “ananta” is also the name of the legendary cosmic serpent. The word is used in Patañjali’s sūtra 2.47 in descriptive reference to āsanas. Vyāsa states that, the mind, engrossed in ananta, completes the āsana. Vācaspati says it refers to the cosmic serpent as a “steady” object of meditation. Vijñāna Bhikṣu gives this interpretation and the alternative interpretation, namely, the endless or the inconceivable object (adṛṣṭa).

Iyengar has an anantāsana that is not like the illustration in this text. This āsana appears to be like Iyengar’s suptapādāṅguṣṭhāsana and his bhairavāsana. It is slightly different from both.

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Originally, Yoga is considered a branch of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन) is one of five pedestals that makes up the Śivāsana, unto which Śiva is installed and invoked during the ritualistic process of śivārcana, according to the Sakalāgamasāra-saṃgraha. In the process of invocation (āvāhana) Lord Śiva is contemplated as seated on Yogāsana: “in the (fifth) process of praising singing and dancing, he is contemplated upon as seated on anantāsana”. This particular āsana is associated with the shape of a triangle and is connected with the element Earth.

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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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