represented by holding both hands in Tripataka
hasta close to the shoulders.
"hastabhyam tripatakastu vishnuhastah kirtitah."
PATAKA HASTA ('Flag')
Anjali: Viniyogas (Meanings)
Vishnu is regarded as a
friend of Indra who created the circle divided into
for parts of 90 degrees each. He is the preserver of
the Vedic universe and Solar-Lunar calendar rituals.
In Sanskrit the word Vishnu means that which
pervades every thing. He is described as dark or
blue in complexion. His four hands hold the Shankha
(conch shell), Chakra (disc like wheel), Gada (mace)
and Padma (lotus).
Sankha that is believed to spread the divine sound (anahata-nada)
“OM”. The Chakra signifies the kalachakra, the Year
or the Big Time cycle, which is considered his
deadly weapon. His vehicle is a divine bird Garuda.
He rests on a huge coiled serpent called Shesha,
which represents the serpentine way of the Moon and
other planets. His consort is Lakshmi (goddess of