Anantasanamudra, Anantāsanamudrā, Anantasana-mudra: 2 definitions

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Anantāsanamudrā (अनन्तासनमुद्रा, “ananta throne seal”) is the name of a mudrā (“hand-gesture”) specified in the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā (uttarasūtra 4.10a-23b). The Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā is probably the earliest surviving Śaiva Tantra, the contents of which dating back to the 5th century. It consists of five books: Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra and Guhyasūtra.

Accordingly, “He should turn his two hands downwards with the fingers entwined, but with the little fingers and thumbs hanging downwards: this is the ananta throne seal”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva 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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Anantāsanamudrā (अनन्तासनमुद्रा) or simply Anantāsana is the name of a mudrā described in the Īśvarasaṃhitā 47-50.—Accordingly, “it is now the formation of mudrā stated for the mantas of the seats. The ring finger and forefinger, both the left hand are to be turned downwards and bent. They are to be kept with the middle finger firmly on the back of the hand. The mudrā must be made straight and turned downwards with the middle fingers below those two. O Sage! the little finger must be stretched with the thumb. This is anantāsanamudrā stated here. This encompasses this world”. Mūdra (eg., Anantāsanamudrā) is so called as it gives joy to the tattvas in the form of karman for those who offer spotless worship, drive out the defects which move about within and without and sealing up of what is done.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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