Hastihasta, aka: Hastin-hasta; 4 Definition(s)


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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Hastihasta (हस्तिहस्त) refers to the “balustrades” or “railings” that are to be placed adjacent to the sopāna (‘staircase’) of a temple. It is also known as Kaṭāñjana or Pakṣaśila. They are basically stone slabs kept vertically in support of the sopāna, but can also be found in the form of huge stone sculptures of animals like elephants.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Hastihasta (हस्तिहस्त) corresponds to the “balustrades” provided for the sopānas. They are just slabs kept vertically adjacent to the edge of the sopdna on its two sides. Balustrades may be simple in their carving or ornate in character. Balustrade is provided is provided from the aśvapāda to the phalaka i.e. from the bottom most step to the upper most step. Balustrades are sometimes in the form of huge stone sculptures of animals like elephants carved in the round. In most of the cases, the sculpturing is done on the outer face of the balustrade.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Hastihasta (हस्तिहस्त).—an elephant's trunk.

Derivable forms: hastihastaḥ (हस्तिहस्तः).

Hastihasta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms hastin and hasta (हस्त).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hastihasta (हस्तिहस्त).—m.

(-staḥ) An elephant’s trunk.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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