By Swami Harshananda
Ratnapātra literally means ‘bowl of precious stones’.
Many deities described in the mythological works have provided Iconography with plenty of materials to describe and work upon. Apart from their dresses and ornaments, these deities hold several things in their hands. One of these is the ratnapātra. It is actually a golden bowl studded with ratnas or precious stones. The deities holding ratna-pātra are:
Annapurna’s bowl is filled with food whereas it is full of jewels in the hands of the other two deities.
- It is called as pātra.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore