Ayyappa: 1 definition


Ayyappa 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Ayyappa (अय्यप्प) is the son of Lord Viṣṇu and Śiva. The energy of compassion (dayā) of Viṣṇu and wisdom (jñāna) of Śiva coalesced into the divine refulgence tejas personified as Ayyappa. He is the embodiment of Tapas or austerity — deep meditation which generates the internal heat of both compassion and wisdom.

It is believed that Lord Ayyappa has his divine control over Lord Śani – the ruler of Planet Saturn (Śani) – which governs over karma and karmic debts, forcing the one to work them out through hardships and austerities – towards liberation.

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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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