By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Yogapatta, YogapaTTa, Yogapatta
Yogapaṭṭa literally means ‘cloth of yoga’.
This is the band of cloth used for holding the crossed legs firmly in position while practicing yogic meditation. It goes around the two legs at the knee level, the legs being slightly raised. It may be wound round in other ways also. It is a technical term used in the process of giving sanyāsa or monastic vows. It is the act of giving the monastic name to the newly ordained disciple after holding a cloth over his head and reciting some verses from the Bhagavadgītā. The disciple is competent to ordain others into sanyāsa and guide them.
- Bhagavadgītā 11.15 to 33
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore