Bhumidevi, Bhūmīdevī, Bhumi-devi: 2 definitions



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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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

Bhūmīdevī is the name of a deity depicted at the Ulagalantha Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram (Kāñcīpuram), representing a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—Goddess Bhūmīdevī is found standing in samabhaṅga posture with two hands. The right hand holds the flower in kaṭaka-hasta and the left hand holds dolā. In dance, Bhūmīdevī, the wife of Lord Viṣṇu, is depicted as standing in samapāda-sthānaka. She is found with kapittha in the right hand and dolā-hasta in the left hand.

Bhūmīdevī is also depicted as one of the two wifes of Śrīnīvāsa at the  Kallazhagar Temple in  Madurai, which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—The wives of Śrīnīvāsa are Lakṣmī and Bhūmīdevī. They are found on the either side of him. Lakṣmī is represented with the right hand holding a flower in kaṭaka-hasta and with dolā in the left hand. Bhūmīdevī is represented holding kaṭaka in the left hand and dolā in the right. While representing in dance, all the depictions are the same, but the kapittha-hasta is held instead of the kaṭaka-hasta.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhumidevi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhūmidevī (भूमिदेवी):—[=bhūmi-devī] [from bhūmi-deva > bhūmi > bhū] f. Name of various women, [Catalogue(s); Horace H. Wilson]

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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 (even English!). 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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