Ganapalinga, Gāṇapaliṅga, Ganapa-linga: 2 definitions
Ganapalinga 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Gāṇapaliṅga (गाणपलिङ्ग) refers to a type of sthāvaraliṅgas, or, “immovable liṅgas”, according to a list found in the Makuṭāgama. The term is used thoughout Śaiva literature.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Shilpashastra (iconography)Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography
The gāṇapa-liṅgas (गाणपलिङ्ग) are those that are believed to have been set by Gaṇas. They are of the shape of the fruits of cucumber, citron, wood-apple or palm. Both the gāṇapa-liṅgas and the ārṣa-liṅgas, like the daivika-liṅgas, are without the brahma-sūtras. The Kiraṇāgama informs us that the svāyambhuva-liṅgas, the ārṣa-liṅgas and the daivika-liṅgas have no shape (rūpa) and no measurements (māna) and are recognised only by their respective shapes.
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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