Sage Patanjali offered to the world with the greatest gift of yoga; he assimilated the diverse forms of yoga in a well defined system of Yoga Sutras and hence was named as the ‘Father of Yoga’. Apart from the yoga sutras, he also penned the Mahabhasya, a text on Sanskrit grammar and language and was entitled with an epithet, ‘Father of linguistics’. Patanjali is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Adi Shesha (the holy serpent on whom he reclines in Yoga Nidra), symbolizing awareness.
This black marble statue highlights Patanjali’s iconic features in an accurate form. Its perfect chisels on the five hooded serpent and the thick stylized coils at the bottom enhance the beauteous aspect of this figurine. The sculptor has amazingly carved the serpent coils in smooth and soft turns, settled one above the other in appropriate layers. The tiny circular chisels on the serpent body enhance its uniqueness and the painstaking time of the sculptor to create such a masterpiece.
He is depicted in a meditative trance with the front hands joined together in anjali mudra as a gesture of offering and greeting those who have approached him seeking yoga and its truths; rear hands are held up holding a conch that embodies the energy of sound. Patanjali’s iconography is shown like that of a half human and half serpent, with the human torso emerging from the coils of the all powerful serpent that is awakening in the moment of creation.