Ashtadikpala, Ashta-dikpala, Aṣṭadikpāla: 3 definitions

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Ashtadikpala 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 Aṣṭadikpāla can be transliterated into English as Astadikpala or Ashtadikpala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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

Aṣṭadikpāla (अष्टदिक्पाल) or Aṣṭadikpālaka refers to the “eight guardians of the directions”, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The hand poses for the eight dikpālas (guardians of directions) are described in the Abhinayadarpaṇa and they are followed in the dance performance. But the hastas prescribed to depict the [Aṣṭadikpālaka] Gods in Abhinayadarpaṇa do not exactly look like the images of Gods found in the temples.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aṣṭadikpāla (अष्टदिक्पाल).—m. plu.

(-lāḥ) The regents of the cardinal points, as Indra of the East; Vahni of the S. E.; Yama of the South; Nairrit of the S. W.; Varuna of the West; Marut of the N. W.; Kuvera of the North; and Isa of the N. E. E. aṣṭadiś the eight points, and pāla who protects.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Aṣṭadikpāla (अष्टदिक्पाल):—[=aṣṭa-dik-pāla] [from aṣṭa-diś > aṣṭa > aṣṭan] m. [plural] the eight regents of the cardinal points, as Indra of the East, etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (See dik-pati and -pāla.)

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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. 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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