Amman: 1 definition



Amman 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: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Amman is the name of deity as found depicted in the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai (or Madura), which represents a sacred place for the worship of The Goddess (Devī).—Amman is represented seated with folded legs. Her four hands hold kapittha-hasta. The upper two hands hold pāśa (left) and aṅkuśa (right) and the other two hands hold flowers. In iconographic terms, she is represented in padmāsana pose, with the hands in kaṭaka-hasta. To the left of the golden lilly tank, there is the image of Tirunīṟṟu (holy ash) Vin āyaka. He is fully in white colour. The body postures are the same as described earlier. In the rear corner of the tank is the sannidhi for Kāśi Viśvanāthar Visālākṣī Amman, Śiva sannidhi with liṅga in it, and Siddhi Vin āyaka with his normal features. There is an entrance to the left of Siddhi Vināyaka that leads to the sanctum of Mīnākṣi Amman.

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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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