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[[Temples]] and image [[worship]] has [[a]] long history in religion and culture. The three main cults of the religion are :  
 
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# Śāktaism  
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These cults has given rise to a variety of icons during the course of its evolution. One set of such icons pertaining especially to Lord Śiva, showing benediction to his devotees is called ‘[[anugraha]]-[[murti]].’
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These cults has given rise to a variety of icons during the course of its evolution. One set of such icons pertaining especially to Lord [[Śiva]], showing benediction to his devotees is called ‘[[anugraha]]-[[murti]].’
  
 
Iconographical works record six such anugrahamurtis, icons showing [[anugraha]] or benediction are :
 
Iconographical works record six such anugrahamurtis, icons showing [[anugraha]] or benediction are :
# Caṇḍ[[eśa]] - one of the attendants of Śiva
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# Nandīśvara - Śiva’s mount
 
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# [[Viṣṇu]]
 
# [[Viṣṇu]]
 
# Vighneśvara or Gaṇ[[eśa]]
 
# Vighneśvara or Gaṇ[[eśa]]
 
# [[Arjuna]] - The Pāṇḍava hero
 
# [[Arjuna]] - The Pāṇḍava hero
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One hand of the image is usually kept on the head of the supplicant while one of the other hands exhibits abhayamudrā (protection-giving pose) or varadamudrā (boon- giving pose).
 
One hand of the image is usually kept on the head of the supplicant while one of the other hands exhibits abhayamudrā (protection-giving pose) or varadamudrā (boon- giving pose).

Latest revision as of 09:54, 15 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Anugrahamurti

Anugraha-murti literally means ‘icon showing favor’.

Temples and image worship has a long history in religion and culture. The three main cults of the religion are :

  1. Śaivism
  2. Śāktaism
  3. Vaiṣṇavism

These cults has given rise to a variety of icons during the course of its evolution. One set of such icons pertaining especially to Lord Śiva, showing benediction to his devotees is called ‘anugraha-murti.’

Iconographical works record six such anugrahamurtis, icons showing anugraha or benediction are :

  1. Caṇḍeśa - one of the attendants of Śiva
  2. Nandīśvara - Śiva’s mount
  3. Viṣṇu
  4. Vighneśvara or Gaṇeśa
  5. Arjuna - The Pāṇḍava hero
  6. Rāvaṇa - The demon king of Laṅkā

One hand of the image is usually kept on the head of the supplicant while one of the other hands exhibits abhayamudrā (protection-giving pose) or varadamudrā (boon- giving pose).

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore