Bhujangavalaya, Bhujaṅgavalaya, Bhujanga-valaya: 2 definitions


Bhujangavalaya 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.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Bhujaṅga-valaya (भुजङ्गवलय) is an ornament worn at the wrist by Śiva. It is a bracelet shaped like a coiled snake. Its circumference has to be at least a fourth larger than that of the wrist on which it is worn; at the junction of the tail with the body of the snake, the hood rises; it has to be twelve aṅgulas high, seven in width and one in thickness. Two fangs have to be shown in the mouth so as to be visible outside.

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Bhujaṅgavalaya (भुजङ्गवलय) refers to a type of “ornaments of leg” (padabhūṣaṇa), as defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—Bhujaṅgavalaya is the special type of circular ornament having the shape of a coiled snake, which can be worn on the arms, wrists as well as the ankles. In some of the Viṣṇu icons, a coiled/spiral ornament or an extension-like ornament can be noticed just below the border of the pītāmbara (ambarānta) but above the ankle only on the right leg. This aspect has not yet been thought of and most of the pioneers of Indian iconography have not so far mentioned about this.

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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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