Book: 3 definitions


Book 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)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Books are associated with Nāsatya (i.e., the twin god Aśvins), whose iconography is described in the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—According to the Skandapurāṇa Nāsatyas or the twin god Aśvins are the excellent physicians. Since, the Nāsatyas are the physicians of gods, a divine medicinal plant should be placed in their right hands whereas in the left hands of these Gods, two books should be kept. Thus it is clear that the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa offers a great field of knowledge regarding the nuances of Indian art of Image making [e.g., books in the hands of Nāsatya] during 10th–11th century A.D.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

The Book (in Sanskrit: Pustaka) represents one of the various symbols given to initiates after the abhiṣeka-rite, as discussed in the tenth chapter of the Naradiya-Samhita: a Pancaratra document comprising over 3000 verses in 30 chapters presenting in a narrative framework the teachings of Narada to Gautama, dealing primarily with modes of worship and festivals.—Accordingly, Gautama wants to hear details concerning the qualifying abhiṣeka-bath that admits an initiate to deśika-status. [...] One type of abhiṣeka-rite requires only one pot (kalaśa) to be used, at the conclusion of which bathing ceremony the candidate is given the symbols of his new office—[e.g., an pustaka or book]—along with a charge from his preceptor to pursue his duties (21-32). The initiate, in turn, honors this preceptor in all appropriate ways (33-37).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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