mhcrxlc at mhcrxlc at
Mon Mar 20 09:03:13 UTC 1995

Madhav Deshpande asks:

>        Second question.  Patanjali is known to KaiyaTa (11th cent. A.D.)
>as an incarnation of Seza, the serpent divinity.  This is also depicted
>iconographically in the Cidambaram NaTarAja temple.  Does anyone know of
>older iconographic or textual sources for this motif?  I have a suspicion
>that Saiva Agama texts may contain such references.  I have looked, but
>have not yet found any older references.

Somewhat tentatively, could this be related to exegesis of Yoga-suutra II
47 ? If I remember correctly, some of the later writers understand this as
referring to Ananta.

Lance Cousins.

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