ālīḍhāsana

Works on Hindu iconography describe several āsanas or postures for the images. Ālīḍhāsana is one of them. In this posture, usually adopted in war or aggression, the left leg is bent at the knee and the right leg straight but slanting at an angle to the back. It is considered a standing posture. Fierce aspects of Śiva like Andhakāsura-mardana-mūrti and of Viṣṇu like Narasiṁha are shown in this posture.