Bhadrasana, aka: Bhadra-asana, Bhadrāsana; 11 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

[Bhadrasana in Shilpashastra glossaries]

In the Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) the legs are crossed as in the kūrmāsana, and the right and the left big toes are caught hold of by the right and the left hands respectively.

(Source): Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) refers to one of the asanas (sitting poses) assumed by the deities in sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses.—In the bhadrāsana, the heels of the legs, which cross each other, are placed under the testes and the hands hold the two big toes of the feet.

(Source): Shodhganga: The significance of the Mula beras in the Hindu temples of Tamilnadu
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[Bhadrasana in Yoga glossaries]

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) is one of the eighty-four āsanas (postures) taught by Śiva, according to the Haṭharatnāvalī 3.7-20. It is said that Ādinātha (Śiva) hand-picked 84 yoga postures from 84,00,000 living beings and taught them for the purpose of introducing physical health and well-being to the human body. The compound bhadrāsana translates to bhadra (good fortune) and āsana (posture).

The 17th-century Haṭharatnāvalī is a Sanskrit reference book dealing with these āsanas (eg., bhadrāsana) which form a major constituent of the haṭhayoga practice. It was written by Śrīnivāsa.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Yoga

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) refers to an āsana (posture) taught by Śiva. It is one of the first four out of 84 total, thus one of the most essential, according to Haṭhayogapradīpikā I.55-60.—Accordingly, “Place the heels on either side of the seam of the Perineum, keeping the left heel on the left side and the right one on the right side, hold the feet firmly joined to one another with both the hands. This bhadrāsana is the destroyer of all the diseases”.

Also, “The expert Yogīs call this gorakṣāsana. By sitting with this āsana, the Yogī gets rid of fatigue. The nādis should be cleansed of their impurities by performing the mudrās, etc., (which are the practices relating to the air) āsanas, Kumbhakas and various curious mudrās.”

The 15th-century Haṭhayogapradīpikā by Svātmārāma is one of the oldest extant texts dealing with haṭhayoga: an ancient form of meditation founded by Matsyendranātha. The first chapter of this book describes various āsanas (eg., bhadra-āsana).

(Source): Google Books: The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) is a type of standing posture (āsana), according to verse 77 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Place the left ankle on the right side of the perineum and the righton the left side of the perineum. Hold the sides of the feet firmly with the two hands. This is bhadrāsana, the fortunate āsana”.

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

(Also see) Haṭhapradīpikā I.53-54 and Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā II.9-10.

(Source): archive.org: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) is one of the thirty-two āsanas (postures) taught in the second chapter of the Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā: “Carefully placing the ankles in the reverse manner under the scrotum; crossing the hands behind the back holding the big toes and adopting the Jālandhara (bandha), one should gaze at the tip of the nose This is Bhadrāsana which destroys all diseases”.

Bhadrāsana is one of the selected 32 postures amongs 8,400,000 total mentioned by Śiva, according to Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā 2.1-2, “In all, there are as many Āsanas as species of animals. Eighty-four lacs of them are mentioned by Śiva. Out of them, 84 are regarded as important and among these 84, again 32 are good (enough) in this world of mortal beings”.

The 17th-century Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā (mentioning bhadra-āsana) is one of the three classic texts of Haṭha-yoga: a major branch of Yoga, sharing similarities with the Yoga system taught by Patañjali, though claiming its own mythical founder known as Matsyendranātha. This gheraṇḍa-saṃhitā is an encyclopedic Sanskrit treatise describing thirty two such āsanas.

(Source): archive.org: Gheranda Samhita
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of 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).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Bhadrasana in Shaktism glossaries]

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन) refers to one of the five āsanas (postures) explained by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka verse 25.13-14ab.—“He should place both ankles very firmly on either side of the perineum; he should hold the two heels of [his] feet steady with both hands below the scrotum. [Thus is] taught the auspicious posture (bhadrāsana); it is highly honoured by Yogins”.

(Source): academia.edu: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Bhadrasana in Jainism glossaries]

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन, “throne”).—One of the eight providential symbols, or, aṣṭamaṅgala.—Bhadrāsana is offered for the worshipful feet of Jineśvara.

(Source): Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Bhadrasana in Marathi glossaries]

bhadrāsana (भद्रासन).—n S (Happy or fortunate seat.) A throne. 2 A posture of devotees.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhadrāsaṇa (भद्रासण).—n A throne. A posture of devotees.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Bhadrasana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Bhadrāsana (भद्रासन).—

1) a chair of state, splendid seat, a throne.

2) a particular posture in meditation.

Derivable forms: bhadrāsanam (भद्रासनम्).

Bhadrāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhadra and āsana (आसन).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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