By Swami Harshananda
Kapila was the son of Kardama and Devahuti. He was a great sage who reduced sixty thousand sons of the king Sagara into ashes just by a glance. Probably on the basis of this story, he is identified with Agni. He taught Sāṇkhya philosophy to his mother.
Characteristics of Kapila depictions
Kapila depictions usually have the following peculiarities:
- Hair dressed up as a crown - jaṭāmukuṭa
- Four arms, two of them in yoga holding a pitcher and the other two holding śaṅkha and cakra
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore