From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
- tuft of hair; tail; fur
- yak’s tail; an army
- a large tuft of hair or feathers held together by a rod, used during ritual worship of a deity or any ceremonial occasion, which is held towards the deity or living person from both sides and swung in a fanning gesture. It is a symbol of authority and was used by kings and the priestly class.