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Importance of Pasha or Rope carried by Hindu Gods

Pasha is the noose or rope carried by Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It can mainly be found in the hands of Ganesha and Yama. When Ganesha uses Pasha it means he is tying and carrying away all the obstacles. But when dealing with a person following Adharma, the noose in the hands of Ganesha is loosened and he releases all the obstacles and creates problems.

Yama carries the noose to capture souls from the body at the time of death.

Pasha is represented in Hindu Sculptures as consisting of two or even three ropes made into a single or a double loop. (Quote from Elements of Hindu Iconography page 8 Volume 1 Part 1)

In the Shaiva Siddhanta, pasha is also the name given to Shiva’s power of illusion through which he entraps and enthralls unenlightened people.

Pasha is also one among the one thousand names of Lord Shiva.

Pashasana is also an important posture in Yoga. The position of the arms like a noose around the legs is referred as Pashasana.