Legend has it that the Maharshi Caraka had emerged from the seat (pata) of effulgence (anjali), reborn to carry out this noble task. In the body of a snake, Maharshi Patanjali nurtured one of the most brilliant minds of his time. As could be seen in this handpicked Swamimalai bronze, His brow is serrated with lines of wisdom and His earlobes dangle with the weight of His kundalas. His half-snake form is symbolic of the kundalini-jagarana, which is the goal and journey of advanced raja yoga. The colour, a soft powdery gold, is characteristic of South Indian bronze art.
The coils of His serpentine body gather atop the traditional lotus pedestal. It comprises of two layers of engraved petals and a circular platform on top. His hands are in the namaskaram mudra, which is a courtesy to the prevalent divine.