Dashatala, Daśatāla, Dasha-tala: 2 definitions
Dashatala 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 term Daśatāla can be transliterated into English as Dasatala or Dashatala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Daśatāla (दशताल).—The images of Rāma and Bali.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 259. 1.
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.
Shilpashastra (iconography)Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra (iconography)
Daśatāla (दशताल, “ten-span”).—Among the several iconometric schemes possible with the tāla, the Mānasāra elaborates the daśatāla, “ten-span”, scheme. In the daśatāla scheme, the height of the image has ten basic divisions (each division being one tāla). Each tāla has twelve subdivisions (echoing the division 12 aṅgula = 1 vitasti); thus basically, the height in the daśatāla scheme has 120 (10 x 12) subdivisions.
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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