Kalasamhara, Kālasaṃhāra: 2 definitions

Introduction

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

Kālasaṃhāra (कालसंहार) is the name of a Mūrti depicted in the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Cidambaram (Chidambaram) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—Kālasaṃhāra-mūrti depicts the story of the destruction of Yamadharma and the rescue of Mārkandeya, a staunch devotee of Śiva, from death. Mārkandeya is found embracing the liṅga. Yamadharma is found seated on the buffalo. Lord Śiva is found in great anger. Śiva’s left leg is placed on the ground in kṣipta pose and the right leg is raised as if to kick Yamadharma. Śiva is found with four hands where the upper right hand is in kartarīmukha hasta as if holding pāśa and the upper left hand is in kartarīmukha-hasta holding mṛga. The lower right hand is in kaṭaka-hasta holding triśūla and the lower left hand is in varada-hasta.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Kālasaṃhāra (कालसंहार) or Kālasaṃhāramūrti refers to one of the manifestations of Śiva.—While seeing the Kālasaṃhāramūrti in the Tillai Temple at Cidambaram, the form of Śiva is so vigorous and ferocious that he is found in krodha-bhāva. The body of Śiva is found with temper. The perceiver gets scared on seeing the anger in the face of the Lord, but understands the scene from the Purāṇas and praises God for his merciful love on his devotees and his anger on those who harass his devotees.

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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.

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