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God has sometimes been described in the scriptures as Ekapāt or Ekapādah. It is applicable because the manifested universe is only a quarter<ref>Pāda means quarter.</ref> of him. The word is applied to both Śiva and Viṣṇu. ‘Ajaikapāt’ is one of the epithets of Śiva used even in the Ṛgveda.<ref>Ṛgveda 6.50.14; 10.64.4</ref>
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God has sometimes been described in the scriptures as Ekapāt or Ekapādah. It is applicable because the manifested universe is only a quarter<ref>Pāda means quarter.</ref> of him. The word is applied to both [[Śiva]] and [[Viṣṇu]]. ‘Ajaikapāt’ is one of the epithets of [[Śiva]] used even in the [[Ṛgveda]].<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 6.50.14; 10.64.4</ref>
  
The Ekapādamurti is actually the iconographic representation of the Vedic concept of Śiva as Ajaikapāt. In this form he has only one  leg. He is described as luminous like a million suns, three-eyed and four-armed. He carries ṭaṅka<ref>Taṅka means chisel.</ref> and Mṛga in his arms.<ref>Mṛga means antelope.</ref> He exhibits the abhaya and the varada mudrās in the other two hands. ‘Ekapāda’<ref>Ekapāda means one leg.</ref> signifies the Supreme God to be the sole support of the whole universe.
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The Ekapādamurti is actually the iconographic representation of the Vedic concept of Śiva as Ajaikapāt. In this form he has only one  leg. He is described as luminous like a million suns, three-eyed and four-armed. He carries ṭaṅka<ref>[[Taṅka]] means chisel.</ref> and Mṛga in his arms.<ref>Mṛga means antelope.</ref> He exhibits the [[abhaya]] and the varada mudrās in the other two hands. ‘[[Ekapāda]]’<ref>[[Ekapāda]] means one leg.</ref> signifies the Supreme God to be the sole support of the whole universe.
  
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:56, 16 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ekapadamurti, EkapAdamurti, Ekapaadamurti


Ekapādamurti literally means ‘image with one leg’.

Ekapādamurti

God has sometimes been described in the scriptures as Ekapāt or Ekapādah. It is applicable because the manifested universe is only a quarter[1] of him. The word is applied to both Śiva and Viṣṇu. ‘Ajaikapāt’ is one of the epithets of Śiva used even in the Ṛgveda.[2]

The Ekapādamurti is actually the iconographic representation of the Vedic concept of Śiva as Ajaikapāt. In this form he has only one leg. He is described as luminous like a million suns, three-eyed and four-armed. He carries ṭaṅka[3] and Mṛga in his arms.[4] He exhibits the abhaya and the varada mudrās in the other two hands. ‘Ekapāda[5] signifies the Supreme God to be the sole support of the whole universe.


References

  1. Pāda means quarter.
  2. Ṛgveda 6.50.14; 10.64.4
  3. Taṅka means chisel.
  4. Mṛga means antelope.
  5. Ekapāda means one leg.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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