Karmabimba, aka: Karma-bimba; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

Karmabimba 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)

A Karmabimba is a proxy-image of the main Icon which is used for a variety of practical purposes. The life force (prāṇa) from the main Icon is transferred into the karma-bimba for a short duration for serving the particular purpose. Thereafter it is transferred back into the main Icon.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction

Karmabimba (कर्मबिम्ब) or Jaṅgama refers to images that are closely linked to the main image but are subjected to other forms of worship or are moveable. They are usually made out of metal. The karma bimba is linked to the mūla-beras. According to Ganapati Sthapati, “If the mūla-bera is fashioned standing then the karma-bimba should also be in standing posture. If the mūla-bera is fashioned seated, then the karma-bimba should also be seated or standing. If the mūla-bera is in reclining posture, the karma-bimba may be standing or seated, but not reclining”.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
Shilpashastra book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of karmabimba in the context of Shilpashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Relevant definitions

Search found 1001 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Karma
Karma (कर्म) refers to the “activities” that are carried on by the body (śārira), as defined in...
Bimba
Bimba (बिम्ब) refers to an “image made of metal”.—The term “image” finds its close parallel in ...
Karmakanda
Karmakāṇḍa (कर्मकाण्ड).—that department of the Veda which relates to ceremonial acts and sacrif...
Jatakarma
Jatakarma refers to one of those ceremonies of the Nambutiris performed after marriage, during ...
Karmabhumi
Karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि).—The land of Bhārata. How this continent got the name of Karmabhūmi is gi...
Karmendriya
Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय).—an organ of action, as distinguished from ज्ञानेन्द्रिय (jñānendriy...
Karmadharaya
Karmadhāraya (कर्मधारय).—Name of a compound, a subdivision of Tatpuruṣa, (in which the members ...
Cudakarma
cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म).—n Tonsure of the head of a child to form the cūḍā.
Karmaphala
Karmaphala (कर्मफल).—1) fruit or reward of actions done in a former life; (pain, pleasure); न म...
Suryabimba
Sūryabimba (सूर्यबिम्ब).—the disc of the sun. Derivable forms: sūryabimbaḥ (सूर्यबिम्बः).Sūryab...
Karmabhoga
Karmabhoga (कर्मभोग) is the name of a region stationed beneath Kālātīta, as defined in the Śiva...
Prarabdha-karma
Prarabdha Karmas are ripe or fructuous actions. Tarash, the case in which arrows are acc...
Karmasadakhya
Karmasādākhya (कर्मसादाख्य) refers to the first of the five Sādākhya in Śaiva school of thought...
Trikarma
Trikarma (त्रिकर्म) or simply Karma refers to the “three kinds of deeds” as defined in the Dhar...
Karmavacana
Karmavācanā (कर्मवाचना).—(= Pali kamma-vācā; PTSD defini-tion does not fit very well Vin. i.317...

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: