Dhanurmushti, Dhanus-mushti, Dhanurmuṣṭi: 4 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Dhanurmuṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Dhanurmusti or Dhanurmushti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Dhanurmuṣṭi (धनुर्मुष्टि) is the Sanskrit name for a unit of measurement, used in Vāstuśāstra literature, according to the Mānasāra II.40-53. A single Dhanurmuṣṭi unit corresponds to 26 Aṅgula units. It takes 4 Dhanurmuṣṭi units to make a single Daṇḍa unit.
Below follows a table of the different units of measurement in relation to one another:
- 8 Paramāṇu = 1 Rathadhūli, chariot-dust
- 8 Rathadhūli = 1 Vālāgra, hair-end
- 8 Vālāgra = 1 Likṣā, nit,
- 8 Likṣā = 1 Yūka, louse
- 8 Yūka = 1 Yava, barley-corn,
- 8 Yava = 1 Aṅgula, digit (finger-breadth),
- 12 Aṅgula = 1 Vitasti, span,
- 2 Vitasti (24 aṅgulas) = 1 Kiṣku, cubit,
- 4 Dhanurmuṣṭi (26 aṅgulas) = 1 Daṇḍa, rod,
- 8 Daṇḍa = 1 Rajju, rope
The smallest unit, which is paramāṇu, atom is stated ta be perceived (only) by the sages. For all practical purposes, aṅgula is the smallest unit of measurement. For this reason, it is seen to be treated in a special way in the text with regards to its universality that significantly downplays its semantic reference to the body.Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama
Dhanurmuṣṭi (धनुर्मुष्टि) refers to “cubit of 26 fingers § 2.1.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)
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.
Dhanurmuṣṭi (धनुर्मुष्टि) refers to a “bowlength” type of absolute measurement, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—In the Indian value of measurement of length there are two different kinds of units, namely, the absolute and the relative. Of these, the first is based on the length of certain natural objects, while the second is obtained from the length of a particular part or limb of the person whose measurement is under consideration. They have been specified by R. N. Mishra, in his text in volume 1 of Kalātattvakośa.
27 mānāṅgulas make 1 dhanur-muṣṭi (bowlength). 4 dhanurmuṣṭis make 1 daṇḍa (churning stick).
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Dhanurmuṣṭi (ಧನುರ್ಮುಷ್ಟಿ):—[noun] a particular unit of linear measure.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Mushti, Dhanur, Dhanus.
Full-text: Danda, Angula, Kishku, Prajapatya, Dhanurgraha, Manangula, Valagra, Rathadhuli, Vitasti, Yuka, Yava, Paramanu, Liksha, Rajju.
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