Bhittipada, Bhittipāda, Bhitti-pada: 4 definitions



Bhittipada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Bhittipāda (भित्तिपाद) refers to “pilaster” (ornamental extent of a wall). It is a type of stambha (‘pillar’).

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Bhittipāda (भित्तिपाद).—Bhittipādas are the “pilasters”. Pilasters are not functional in character. They are purely decorative in purpose. Bhittipādas are pillar like decorative motifs carved on the surface of the wall. However, they possess all the decorative members of a regular pillar. Even the Texts prescribe that the bhittipādas are to be carved resembling the regular order of pillars in form and decoration. (Mayamata 15.7)

Bhittipādas are generally carved on the wall surface after the wall is constructed. Pilasters are carved at regular intervals throughout the length of the outer surface of the wall singularly or in pairs. Very simple walls possess bhittipādas only at four comers. Directly above the prati moulding of the adhiṣṭhāna, the shafts of the bhittipādas are carved. Generally the bhittipādas appear square in their section and often they are octagonal and many sided and rarely cylindrical.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhittipāda : (m.) the foot or foundation of a wall.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Bhittipāda refers to: the support or lower part of a wall J. IV, 318. (Page 505)

Note: bhittipāda is a Pali compound consisting of the words bhitti and pāda.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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