Ardhanari, Ardhanārī, Ardhanāri, Ardha-nari: 4 definitions

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Ardhanari means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)

Ardhanāri (अर्धनारि) or Ardhanārimūrti refers to one of the twenty-eighth forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Vātulāgama: twenty-eighth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgama. The forms of Śiva (e.g., Ardhanāri) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Institut Français de Pondichéry: The Shaivite legends of Kanchipuram

Ardhanārī (अर्धनारी) or Ardhanārīśa (in Sanskrit) refers to the Tamil Maṅkaipākaṉ, and represents one of the proper nouns mentioned in the Kanchipuranam, which narrates the Shaivite Legends of Kanchipuram—an ancient and sacred district in Tamil Nadu (India). The Kanchipuranam (mentioning Ardhanārī) reminds us that Kanchipuram represents an important seat of Hinduism where Vaishnavism and Shaivism have co-existed since ancient times.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ardhanari in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ardhanārī (अर्धनारी).—a form of Śiva, (half male and half female) cf.... पतिरपि जगता- मर्धनारीश्वरोऽभूत् (patirapi jagatā- mardhanārīśvaro'bhūt) Sūkti.5.99.

Ardhanārī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ardha and nārī (नारी). See also (synonyms): ardhanārīśa, ardhanārīśvara, ardhanaṭeśvara.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ardhanari in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ardhanāri (ಅರ್ಧನಾರಿ):—[noun] complete loss or temporary interruption, of a function, esp. of voluntary motion or of sensation in some part of the body; paralysis.

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Ardhanāri (ಅರ್ಧನಾರಿ):—[noun] the fusion of male and female bodies into one (as that of Śiva).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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