Alidhasthana, Alidha-sthana, Ālīḍhasthāna: 2 definitions


Alidhasthana 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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[«previous next»] — Alidhasthana in Natyashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Ālīḍhasthāna (आलीढस्थान) refers to one of the six “standing-postures” (sthāna), to be used in the release of missiles of all kinds, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 11.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Alidhasthana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ālīḍhasthāna (आलीढस्थान) or simply Ālīḍha refers to the “posture for shooting” (the right knee advanced and the left leg retracted), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.3.—“[...] After thinking like this and deciding on his further activity, Kāma fitted his flower-arrows. Kāma, the foremost of archers, stood steady in the posture of Ālīḍha [viz., Ālīḍhasthāna], bent his bow almost into a circle and was ready to shoot. O excellent sage, when the bow was kept ready by him, fragrant winds delighting everyone blew there. The enchanter then charmed Brahmā and others, the mental sons with several sharp flower-arrows”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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