Sitting Posture of Lord Ayyappa

There are three kinds of idols which are in the position of standing, sitting and laying.

The images of the gods or goddesses are always encarved in four types, viz. Patmasan, Siddhasan, Vajra, and Gomukha.

The style of Lord Ayyappa asana (state of sitting) may be called Arddhasana, Yogapadasana or Yogarudha Siddhasana. This status of sitting does not reveal the visrantibhava, but reveals the mood of asceticism, the Tapobhava; also elucidated that the status of Lord Ayyappa is not like other deities, in the jagratobhava, Visrantibhava or Vinodabhava, but in a profound ascetic mood.

There is a binding of knees with a cloth in the style of sitting of Lord Ayyappa while he is holding the Yogamudra. The feet of a yogi who is in tapovrutti (in the ascetic calmness) will never let deviate his legs. There is a very silent secrecy.

When a man or a woman bends his or her legs whether it is on the right or left, there is a hidden meaning which is worldly related.

A man god when he is seen holding his left leg folded may be considered that he is willing or expecting to sit his lady over it.
The left side is considered for wife. The wife is imagined to be sat on the left thy of husband.

If it is the right leg folded it may be considered as for the son or the daughter.
For example see Lord Narasimha with Prahlata.

Lord Ayyappa yoga posture is similar to Yoga Narasimha posture. Here the legs are crossed.

Compare this with Lord Ayyappa. The legs are not crossed.

The idols for goddesses are also carved in such a sense of thinking.Thus In our devata sankalpas which gods are seen sitting, most of them may be with the imagination of saparivara (having spouse and offsprings on both sides). But, here, the concept of Lord Ayyappa is in the imagination of Naishtika Brahmachari. Thus he has no need to fold his legs because he has no wife or offsprings. The sitting stage in the form of folded legs in either side (camraputtu) will be made only on the idols of gods having family. Since Lord Ayyappa is a brahmachari and an ascetic, his idol is made in the form of sitting but the legs have been risen a little and it reveals that his legs has been given to nobody to sit aside. He has also bound his two knees and his back with Yogapatta.

Almost all the gods and goddess (in images) are seen sitting on simhasanas (the royal chair built with two images of lions on both sides). But Lord Ayyappa is sitting on a pita. There is a difference in sitting on a chair and a pita on the feet, the man who sits on a chair feels comfortable that his hips are in safety to keep the whole body in balance. That kind of sitting, is in one way, a bhogarupa (enjoyful). But the man who is sitting on his feet is not in a joyful way but in a Yogabhava (in the mood of asceticism or dhyana).