Ardhanaryishvara, aka: Ardhanāryīśvara, Ardhanari-ishvara; 1 Definition(s)
Ardhanaryishvara 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.
The Sanskrit term Ardhanāryīśvara can be transliterated into English as Ardhanaryisvara or Ardhanaryishvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
1) Ardhanāryīśvara (अर्धनार्यीश्वर) or Ardhanāryīśvaramūrti 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., Ardhanārī-īśvara) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.
2) Ardhanāryīśvara is also listed among the twelve forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Suprabhedāgama: the tenth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.
3) Ardhanāryīśvara is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra.(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)
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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