Kalyanasundara, aka: Kalyāṇasundara, Kalyana-sundara, Kalyānasundara; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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1) Kalyāṇasundara (कल्याणसुन्दर) or Kalyāṇasundaramūrti refers to one of the twenty-three forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Pūrvakāmikāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): first and foremost among the Mūlāgama. The forms of Śiva (eg., Kalyāṇa-sundara) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

2) Kalyānasundara is also listed among the eight forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Rauravāgama: the sixteenth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.

3) Kalyāṇasundara is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Kalyāṇasundara (or Kalyāṇasundaramūrti) is the name of a deity depicted in the Jambukeswarar Temple in Tiruvānaikoyil (Thiruvanaikaval) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—In this sannidhi [viz., Kalyāṇasundara-mūrti], there are images of Śiva and Pārvatī in a marriage scene. Śiva in the form of Kalyāṇa-sundara-mūrti is found standing. He is found with four hands. The upper right hand holds paraśu and the upper left hand holds mṛga. The lower right hand is placed on the right hand of the Goddess Pārvatī. The lower left hand is in varada-hasta. Pārvatī is found to the right of Śiva. Her right hand is placed below the lower right hand of the lord. The left hand of the goddess is in kataka holding a flower. Usually, in this scene, Viṣṇu is also present, making the kanyā-dāna. But in this sannidhi, Viṣṇu is not seen.

Kalyāṇa Sundara Valli Thāyār is also depicted at the  Kallazhagar Temple in  Madurai, which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—Kalyāṇa Sundara Valli Thāyār is represented as seated in padmāsana posture with four hands. The upper hands hold the lotus in kaṭaka-hasta and the other hands are in abhaya and varada-hasta. While representing in dance, she is represented as seated in the butterfly position with four hands. The upper two hands are in kapittha-hasta and the lower hands hold patāka and patāka inverted. Dvāra Śakti is found at the entrance of the sannidhi of Kalyāṇa Sundara Valli Thāyār.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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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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India history and geogprahy

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Kalyāṇasundara.—Śiva represented as marrying Umā Haimavatī. Note: kalyāṇasundara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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