Cengamma, aka: Ceṅgamma; 1 Definition(s)

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Cengamma 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Ceṅgamma is the name of the name of a sculptor and author behind a particular sculpture of Śiva at the temple of Lokeśvara, western half of the south side wall, south facing.—This image of Śiva is carved by Ceṅgamma. At the foot there is an inscription as follows: Śrī ceṅgamma ī pratime kuṭṭidon “a sculptor named Ceṅgamma sculpted this image”. But the name of the deity is not given. On a close observation, one sees that Śiva has not only a smiling face, but he is laughing. It is a triumphal laughter. Why he must have laughed is a question. For this we have to look at the story of Śiva in the Dārukāvana.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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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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