Balipitha, Balipīṭha, Bali-pitha: 2 definitions
Balipitha 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.
Vastushastra (architecture)Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Balipīṭha (बलिपीठ) refers to the “offering pedestal” usually found in front of the temple between the entrance door and dhvajastambha (‘flag post’). On the balipīṭhas are placed the daily food offerings for the respective deities present in the temple.
There are two kinds of balipīṭhas defined:
- pradhānabalipīṭha (kept in front of the main shrine),
- upabalipīṭha (the rest).
Balipīṭha (बलिपीठ) refers to “substitute altar (in place of an image of an Assessor) § 5.13.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
Shilpashastra (iconography)Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
Balipīṭha (बलिपीठ, “sacrifical seat”) refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. The other miscellaneous articles found as attributes in the hands of the deities are, for example, Balipīṭha.
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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Starts with: Balipithalakshana.
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The Religion and Philosophy of Tevaram (Thevaram) (by M. A. Dorai Rangaswamy)
Nayanar 56: Pugazh Thunai (Pukalttunai) < [Volume 4.1.1 - A comparative study of the Shaivite saints the Thiruthondathogai]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Munnur (Munnuru) < [Chapter VI - Temples of Kulottunga II’s Time]
Appendix 1: Periyapuranam Sculptures in the temple at Darasuram < [Chapter VIII - Temples of Rajaraja II’s Time]
Appendix < [Chapter XII - Temples of Kulottunga III’s Time]
Parama Samhita (English translation) (by Krishnaswami Aiyangar)
Manasara (English translation) (by Prasanna Kumar Acharya)
Middle Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 18 - Bondage and liberation: Glorification of the phallic emblem of Śiva < [Section 1 - Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā]