Citrashala, Citraśāla, Citraśālā, Citra-shala: 10 definitions



Citrashala 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.

The Sanskrit terms Citraśāla and Citraśālā can be transliterated into English as Citrasala or Citrashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chitrashala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Citrashala in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Citraśāla (चित्रशाल).—Painting and pictures in Tripuram.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 130. 16.
Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Citraśālā (चित्रशाला) refers to “art galleries” which existed in ancient Laṅkā, the city of King Rāvaṇa, according to the Rāmāyaṇa verse 5.6.36-37.—“That Hanuma the son of Vayu saw in the house of Ravana the king of rakshasas, palanquins of various shapes, wonderful bowers, art galleries and other pleasure houses (citraśālā) which were constructed with wooden mountains, house for sexual delight and a beautiful diurnal house”.

Purana book cover
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Painting: A Survey

Citraśālā (चित्रशाला) refers to “art galleries”.—Early literary compositions of India such as Rāmāyaṇa and Mahhabārata, Kālidāsa’s Śakuntalā and Daṇḍin’s Daśakumāracarita make many references to art galleries or citraśālās.

Source: Triveni Journal: Chitrasalas - Ancient Indian Art Galleries

Chitrasala (Chitrashala) refers to a type of building adorned with pictures.—Chitrasalas and other Kautukagrihas as more profusely decorated and picturesque parts of mansions and houses decorated all over in a general way. [...] Private Chitrasalas and the Chitrasalas of the royal harem have only a limited scope. But the public galleries ought to have possessed all sorts of pictures. Of course, there appears to have been a special attachment to Mangalyalekhya and we should have had more of them than any other. [...] In conclusion it must be stated, however, that the Chitrasala was only the building where art was concentrated, so to say. It does not mean that other apartments and buildings were bereft of pictures and decoration.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Citrashala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Citraśālā (चित्रशाला).—a painter's studio.

Citraśālā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms citra and śālā (शाला).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Citraśāla (चित्रशाल).—f. a hall adorned with pictures, a picture-gallery, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 61, 16.

Citraśāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms citra and śāla (शाल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Citraśālā (चित्रशाला) or Citraśālikā.—[feminine] picture-room.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Citraśālā (चित्रशाला):—[=citra-śālā] [from citra > cit] f. = -gṛha, [Rāmāyaṇa iii, v; Kādambarī]

2) [v.s. ...] a metre of 4 x 18 syllables.

[Sanskrit to German]

Citrashala in German

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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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