Pustaka

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By Swami Harshananda

pustaka (‘book’)

The various gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon are often shown with āyudhas (weapons or implements) in their hands. One such āyudha, of the sāttvika type, is the pustaka (a book, a manuscript).

The gods in whose hand this is shown are: Brahmā, Dakṣiṇāmurti, Gaṇapati, Hanumān, Hayagrīva, Sarasvatī and the sage Vyāsa.

It symbolises the āgama or the scriptures.

The other objects that generally go with it are the akṣamālā (rosary), the kamaṇḍalu (water pot) and the jñāna-mudra or the gesture of exposition.


References

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

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pustaka (‘book’)

The various gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon are often shown with āyudhas (weapons or implements) in their hands. One such āyudha, of the sāttvika type, is the pustaka (a book, a manuscript).

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The gods in whose hand this is shown are: Brahmā, Daksiṇāmurti, Gaṇapati, Hanumān, Hayagrīva, Sarasvatī and the sage Vyāsa. It symbolises the āgama or the scriptures. The other objects that generally go with it are the akṣamālā (rosary), the kamaṇḍalu (water pot) and the jñāna- mudra or the gesture of exposition.