Ashtabandha, Aṣṭabandha, Ashta-bandha: 2 definitions
Ashtabandha 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 Aṣṭabandha can be transliterated into English as Astabandha or Ashtabandha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Aṣṭabandha (अष्टबन्ध).—A kind of plaster used for fixing idols in temples. The following eight things are mixed and ground consecutively for fortyone days and made ready to be put in the cavity around the idol when it is fixed there finally, (1) conch-powder (2) powdered myrobalam (3) resin (4) Kolipparal (a kind of rock) (5) river sand (6) powder of emblic myrobalam (7) lac and (8) cotton.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
Aṣṭabandha (अष्टबन्ध) refers to the “medicinal paste that holds the liṅga fast to the pīṭha” as described in the Uttara-Kāmikāgama while explaining the repair & maintenance of a Śiva temple.—Both the temple structure and the deities need regular maintenance. [...] If the aṣṭabandha or the medicinal paste that holds the liṅga fast to the pīṭha, is loose, the kingdom will be shaky. Therefore it has to be replaced immediately followed by abhiṣeka, japa and homa.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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