Adhyalinga, Āḍhyaliṅga, Adhya-linga: 2 definitions

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Adhyalinga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Āḍhyaliṅga (आढ्यलिङ्ग) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the classes of mānuṣaliṅgas (liṅgas made by human hands), classified in the Śaivāgamas. All the mānuṣaliṅgas are made of three parts (brahmabhāga, or ‘lower part’, viṣṇubhāga, or ‘middle part’ and rudrabhāga, or ‘top-most part’). They are also carved with lines known as brahmasūtras. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Āḍhyaliṅga (आढ्यलिङ्ग).—For the āḍhya-liṅga of the Siddhāntasārāvali, the lengths of the brahmabhāga, the viṣṇubhāga and the śivabhāga of this variety are given as 8½, 8 and 7½ respectively. The Siddhāntasārāvali lays down the following rule for fixing the widths of the āḍhya-liṅgas: divide the total length of the liṅga into sixteen equal parts; the width of the āḍhya-liṅga should be six of these parts.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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