Kirtimukha, Kīrtimukha, Kirti-mukha: 4 definitions



Kirtimukha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Kīrtimukha (कीर्तिमुख, “face of glory”) refers to a face of a monster, vyāla, lion; it is often used as a nāsī finial.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kirtimukha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kīrtimukha (कीर्तिमुख).—A Śiva gaṇa born out of the matted hair of Śiva with three faces, three tails, three legs and seven hands. The Lord at first asked him to live on corpses, but later on, in appreciation of his valour granted him the boon that if anyone saw the Lord without thinking first about Kīrtimukha, he would meet with his down-fall. (Padma Purāṇa, Uttara Khaṇḍa, Chapter 50).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kīrti-mukha.—(CII 4), a decorative motif. Note: kīrti-mukha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kirtimukha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kīrtimukha (ಕೀರ್ತಿಮುಖ):—

1) [noun] an ornamental metal ring or cone for wearing.

2) [noun] a demon-mask placed above the door of Śiva’s temple to drive away evil beings.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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