Ardhanarishvaramurti, Ardhanāriśvaramūrti, Ardhanarishvara-murti, Ardhanārīśvaramūrti: 2 definitions
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The Sanskrit terms Ardhanāriśvaramūrti and Ardhanārīśvaramūrti can be transliterated into English as Ardhanarisvaramurti or Ardhanarishvaramurti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shilpashastra (iconography)Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
Ardhanāriśvaramūrti (अर्धनारिश्वरमूर्ति) refers to an image (mūrti) of an aspect of Śiva. Ardhanāriśvara literally means “half male / half female”. The Pūrva-kāraṇāgama states that the figures of Śiva in the ardhanāriśvara-mūrti aspect should not have near them the figure of the Devi. The colour, according to the Kāraṇāgama, of the ardhanāriśvara-mūrti aspect of Śiva is to be coral red.Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)
1) Ardhanārīśvaramūrti (अर्धनारीश्वरमूर्ति) or simply Ardhanārīśvara refers to one of the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): the fourth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas. The forms of Śiva (eg., Ardhanārīśvara-mūrti) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.
2) Ardhanārīśvaramūrti is also listed among the twelve forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Suprabhedāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): the tenth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.
3) Ardhanārīśvaramūrti is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra.
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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