Hindu iconography: 1 definition


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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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

Hindu iconography.—The study of iconography is almost entirely conditioned by a study of religion. This fact is particularly true of India, where image worship takes an important place in the popular religious worship of the country. The objects worshipped by Hindus in the temples are images of gods and goddesses, śālagrāmās, bāna-liṅgas, certain animals, birds, powers, and energies.

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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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