By Swami Harshananda
Sinhāsana literally means ‘lion-seat’.
The lion is generally considered the king or the monarch of the forest, the animal kingdom. Hence it became a symbol of royalty. The throne of a monarch is usually decorated with figures of lions on either side of the seat as arm-rests. The four legs of the throne may also be shown as resting on crouching lions. Hence it is called sinhāsana.
Though various kinds of siṅhāsanas have been described, the most beautiful one may be chosen for the king or the deity.
- Mānasāra 55.1-112
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore