Krittivasas, aka: Kṛttivāsas, Kritti-vasas; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kṛttivāsas can be transliterated into English as Krttivasas or Krittivasas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Kṛttivāsas (कृत्तिवासस्) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Ekagrāma, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Kṛttivāsas) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Kṛttivāsas (कृत्तिवासस्) is found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, west wall, west façade.—Here is an image of Śiva with four hands but the upper two are damaged beyond recognition. His lower two hands are in kaṭyavalaṃbitahasta pose. He wears a belt with the head of a tiger at the level of its buckle. A Liṅga is carved in a pratikṛti of a temple above the niche. In another pratikṛti above, Śiva is shown seated with his consort Pārvatī. It may be Āliṅganamūrti. The image in the next niche is so damaged that it is impossible to identify what it was. So we go to the next image in the following niche.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Kṛttivāsas (कृत्तिवासस्).—m. an epithet of Śiva; स कृत्ति- वासास्तपसे यतात्मा (sa kṛtti- vāsāstapase yatātmā) Ku.1.54; M.1.1.

Kṛttivāsas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṛtti and vāsas (वासस्). See also (synonyms): kṛttivāsa.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kṛttivāsas (कृत्तिवासस्).—m.

(-sāḥ) An appellation of Mahadeva. E. kṛtti a skin or hide, and vāsas clothes; clothed with a tyger’s skin; also kṛttivāsa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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