Haryardha: 2 definitions



Haryardha 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)

Haryardha (हर्यर्ध) is found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, north wall, north façade.—In the Haryardha also called Harihara, half portion of the deity is like that of Hari i.e. Viṣṇu and the remaining portion is that of Hara i.e. Śiva. There are spiral bracelets on their arms, four spirals on god’s, three on goddess’ hands. The folds of god’s dress are very beautiful in the image of Haryardha. With regard to the ornaments, both have almost the same kind of armlets and bracelets. Both, the yajñopavīta and the vaijayantihāra are hanging from the left arm and the latter touches almost the right knee of Śiva. Half of the tiara is made of matted hair with a crescent moon on it and the remaining half, on Viṣṇu’s side, looks like the usual high headdress.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)

Haryardha (हर्यर्ध) or Haryardhamūrti refers to one of the ten forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Ajitāgama (under the Raudrarūpa heading): the fifth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas. The forms of Śiva (e.g., Haryardha) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

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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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