Dvarashakti, Dvāraśakti, Dvara-shakti: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Dvāraśakti can be transliterated into English as Dvarasakti or Dvarashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Dvāraśakti (द्वारशक्ति) is the name of a deity depicted at the  Kallazhagar Temple in  Madurai, which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—Dvāra Śakti is found at the entrance of the sannidhi of Kalyāṇa Sundara Valli Thāyār. Dvāra Śakti is represented with two hands, where the right hand is in sūcī-hasta and the left hand is in dolā-hasta.

Dvāra Śakti is also depicted at the Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram, one of the most sacred places for the worship of the Goddess (Devī).—As the devotee enters the temple, Śrī Dvāra Śakti is seen on the two sides of the entrance. The Dvāra Śakti on the left of devotee is represented with four hands in samapāda sthānaka. The upper two hands hold kapittha, the lower right hand is in patāka (hand placed on the mace) and the lower left hand is in kapittha. With regard to the iconographic postures, the samabhaṅga is seen in the Dvāra Śakti with the upper hands in kaṭaka hasta, the lower right hand in nidrā hasta (the hand resting on a mace) and the lower left in kaṭaka hasta. The same features and poses are found in the Dvāra Śakti which is to the right of the devotee. But there is a difference. The left lower hand is seen resting on the mace and the lower right hand is seen in kaṭaka hasta in iconography and kapittha in Bharatanatyam. Beside the Dvāra Śakti is Varasiddhi Vin āyaka.

Note: dvāra means door and śakti refers to goddess. Dvāra-Śakti are the guards of the main goddess Kāmākṣī.

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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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