Angulamana, Aṅgulamāna, Angula-mana: 3 definitions


Angulamana 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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

Aṅgulamāna (अङ्गुलमान) refers to one of the two major iconometric schemes, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The sthapatis have always produced their images according to prescribed measurements. In the making of the images, the sthapati follows two types of iconometry, the tālamāna and the aṅgulamāna. Aṅgula can be measured in three ways: mānāṅgula, one-twelfth of a tāla; mātrāṅgula, the length of the middle digit of the middle finger of the right hand of a man; dehalabdāṅgula, the length of the middle digit of the middle finger of the right hand of the donor or the sthapati. Between the two schemes, tālamāna iconometry is more popular probably because the differences that exist as to the size of the basic unit in the aṅgulamāna iconometry are inhibitive factors in that scheme.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Angulamana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Aṅgulamāna (अङ्गुलमान):—[=aṅgula-māna] [from aṅgula] n. the measure or length of an aṅgula

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. having the length of an aṅgula.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aṅgulamāna (अङ्गुलमान):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-nam) The linear measure called aṅgula q. v. E. aṅgula and māna.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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