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Image 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.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Images of different deities in different forms were worshipped from early period in India.—In Hinduism, the tradition of worshipping of idols has been continuing from early period in India. History shows that from the date of antiquity people used to connect themselves with their lords through the medium of the images of different deities in different forms. Thus the practice of image making had come forward. Different treatises of Sanskrit literature deal with the topic of image making.

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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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