Kshanikalinga, Kṣaṇikaliṅga, Kshanika-linga: 2 definitions


Kshanikalinga 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.

The Sanskrit term Kṣaṇikaliṅga can be transliterated into English as Ksanikalinga or Kshanikalinga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Kṣaṇikaliṅga (क्षणिकलिङ्ग) refers to a liṅgas made only for the occasion and disposed of immediately after their use is over. It is classified under the calaliṅgas (moveable liṅgas). The term is used thoughout Śaiva literature.

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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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Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

The kṣaṇika-liṅgas (क्षणिकलिङ्ग) are those that are made then and there for pūjā and are, after the pūjā is over, cast away. They may be made of saikata (sand), uncooked rice, cooked rice, river-side clay, cow-dung, butter, rudrākṣa seeds, sandal paste, kūrca grass, flowers, jaggery, and flour. It is said that worshipping a liṅga made of gold grants wealth (śrīprada); one of uncooked rice, vibhava; a liṅga made of cooked rice, grants the worshipper plenty of food; a liṅga made of clay gathered from river banks, grants landed estates; of cow-dung, removes all disease; of butter, gives one a jovial temper; of rudrākṣa seeds, grants knowledge; one of sandal paste, is prescribed for those who desire saubhāgya, while that of kūrca grass for seekers after soul-liberation; a liṅga composed of flowers grants long life; one made of jaggery confers all desired ends and that made of flour strength.

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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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