Caturbhuja, aka: Catur-bhuja; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Caturbhuja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturbhuja.

In Hinduism

Pāñcarātra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Catur-bhuja (‘The four arms’): The four arms represent the three fundamental qualities (gunas) and thenotion of individuality (ahamkara) [from which all existence arises].

(Source): SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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Pāñcarātra (पाञ्चरात्र, pancaratra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Nārāyaṇa is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaiṣnavism, the Pāñcarātra literature includes various Āgamas and tantras incorporating many Vaiṣnava philosophies.

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Caturbhuja (चतुर्भुज) is found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, western half of the north wall, northern façade.—Standing statue of Śiva with four hands. There is no second gaṇa to the left of the god. Of his two lower hands the right one is damaged and the left is in kaṭyavalambita. The ornamentation of the images in both the niches is alike. Above the niche, in the effigy of a shrine, is carved Garuḍārūḍha Viṣṇu. Garuḍa is shown in flying pose, carrying his Lord Viṣṇu on his shoulders. The scene is in an ornately decorated sanctum with pillars and paraphernalia.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
Śilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

caturbhuja (चतुर्भुज).—a (S) Four-armed, an epithet or a name of viṣṇu. 2 Having four sides or faces. 3 fig. Having the arms tied behind. v kara, hō. 4 fig. Having a wife.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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