Creation: 3 definitions


Creation 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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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Bharatiya vastu-sastra

Creation (of the world) and its planning [i.e., vāstu] are twin sisters. The author of the Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra must be having this fundamental truth in mind when he says (cf. 2nd Chapter, 4th verse) that Brahmā, before creating this world, created Vāstu. Cosmologically, therefore, all this creation is a planned unit. This is a universal aspect and it corroborates the fundamental truths of life and conduct forming the first essence of civilisation, in which the ordered society and lawful, peaceful, beautiful way of life is to be evolved. Hence the planning of such a part of the Universe viz. the Earth, requires concentrated effort of the trinity or triad, i. e. the architect-planner, the patron king and the substratum, the earth.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Creation (in Sanskrit: sarga) refers to one of the Five characteristics of Puranas or Puranic literature: a category of ancient Sanskrit texts which gives a huge contribution in the development of Indian literature.—According to the Matsyapurana and the Vayupurana, there are five characteristic features of Puranas. These are—sarga, pratisarga, vamsha, manvantara and vamshanucarita.

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

Creation of Colours is an important topic in the ancient Indian tradition of Painting (citra), according to 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.—Colours have been classified in two categories (viz., primary/natural and mixed/artificial). In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, five colours are regarded as the primary ones, (viz., white, yellow, colour of vilomata, black, dark blue.) Mixing of colours is a great technique used by the artists to make numerous shades of colours. According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, a painter can create hundreds or thousands of colours by amalgamating the primary colours.

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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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