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Simhasana, aka: Simha-asana, Siṃhāsana; 4 Definition(s)


Simhasana 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)

In the Siṃhāsana (सिंहासन) the legs are crossed as in the kūrmāsana; and the palms of the hands, with the fingers kept stretched out, rest supinely upon the thigh, while the mouth is kept open and the eyes are fixed upon the tip of the nose.

When used as a pītha (seat or pedestal), this Āsana should be used as the seat for the image when it has to be bathed, according to the Suprabhedāgama. According to the Candrajñānāgama, the seat is of a rectangular shape. The siṃhāsana is a four legged seat, circular or rectangular in shape and one hasta or cubit in height. The four legs of this seat are made up of four small lions.

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)

Siṃhāsana (सिंहासन, “lion posture”) is a Sanskrit word referring to a type of posture (āsana) used in Yoga. It is composed of the words siṃha (lion) and āsana (posture).

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Yoga refers to the Ancient Indian school of philosophy combining the physical, mental and spiritual.


Siṃhāsana (सिंहासन).—The lion throne for kings;1 of Devī which was placed in the Sabhā;2 of the Pāṇḍavas; Mārkaṇḍeya seated by Yudhiṣṭhira on;3 of Tāraka Asura.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 26. 21.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 14. 12.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 103. 18.
  • 4) Ib. 148. 29;
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)

Siṃhāsana (सिंहासन) 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 holy bath (abhiṣeka) he is contemplated as seated on siṃhāsna”. This particular āsana is associated with the shape of a square and is connected with the element Water.

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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