Hindu mythology, when lord Vishnu bestows some part of his powers on an
individual, that person is known as a Shaktyavesha avatar (an incarnation of
the Lord who holds some of his Shakti or power). Ved Vyasa, a sage is one such
being, endowed with the energies of the preserver of all creations himself.
This is a small
copper idol of Vyasa, the compiler of the four Vedas, Puranas, and Brahmans. He
is also associated with the earliest renditions of the great epic Mahabharata.
The same epic tells the story of his birth, where Ved Vyasa was born out of the
union of Satyavati and sage Parashar, who wrote the Vishnu Purana. Vyas’s heir,
his son Shuka is known as the narrator of a vital Vaishnava text, the Bhagavata Purana. The idol you see on your left has perfectly captured the wisdom of this
great sage. Ved Vyasa is sitting on a lotus asana which is placed on a
tortoise, a symbol of the ability of great sages to withdraw from the world. His
left hand is in the gesture of fearlessness and his right-hand forms the
Chinmudra (a posture of holy men parting knowledge). On his head, is a snake
with his own tail in its mouth, symbolizing infinity, the endless consciousness
of Ved Vyasa.
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