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Padmasana, aka: Padma-asana, Padmāsana; 5 Definition(s)


Padmasana 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)

Padmasana (padma-asana)—The lotus position. The feet are crossed, the toes are placed in the groin. This is the position of deep meditation.

Source: Google Books: The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning

In the Padmāsana (पद्मासन) the two legs are kept crossed so that the feet are brought to rest upon the thighs. When used as a pītha (seat or pedestal), this Āsana should be used as the seat for the image during the conduct of worship, according to the Suprabhedāgama. According to the Candrajñānāgama, the seat is of a circular shape. The height of the Padmāsana consists of sixteen parts, of which two form the thickness of the lowest layer, five make up the lower lotus, two the intervening neck, and four the pper lotus and two more the uppermost layer.

Padmāsana should always be circular or oval, but never rectangular. In the absence of authoritative information as to its length and breadth, it is left to the sculptor to choose them so as to suit his purpose.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Padmāsana (पद्मासन).—Both legs crossed in Padmāsana (lotus posture) indicate a state of transcendence with a potential for manifestation.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | IntroductionŚilpaśāstra 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.


Padmāsana (पद्मासन).—A kind of āsana in yoga, once practised by Paraśurāma; of Kapila.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 24. 16; 53. 17.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Padmāsana (पद्मासन) 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 process of offering of flowers (arcana) he is meditated upon as seated on padmāsana”. This particular āsana is associated with the shape of a circle and is connected with the element Air.

Source: Wisdom Library: ŚaivismŚaivism book cover
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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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