Kumbhabhisheka, Kumbha-abhisheka, Kumbhābhiṣeka: 2 definitions


Kumbhabhisheka 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 Kumbhābhiṣeka can be transliterated into English as Kumbhabhiseka or Kumbhabhisheka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

[«previous next»] — Kumbhabhisheka in Vastushastra glossary
Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra

Kumbhābhiṣeka (कुम्भाभिषेक) refers to a rtiual that completes the trasnference of Śiva as deity manifest in the image, according to Mānasāra chapter 70.—Accordingly, a series of rituals that animate, consecrate and install the image in the adytum of the temple takes place after the chiseling of its eyes. The sthapati, dressed in new c1othes, adorned with ornaments on the five limbs of his body, smeared with sandal ointment and wearing the uttarīya, upper scarf, and sacred thread made of gold and white flowers across his torso, carries the main water-pitcher. He holds it to the right of his body; his assistants, keeping to his left, carry the other pitchers.

Together, they circumambulate the temple as a procession, accompanied by colorful umbrellas and fly-whisks, amidst auspicious sounds made by musical instruments and pronouncements. Upon returning to the pavilion , the image is anointed with water from the main pitcher, and its limbs with water from the other pitchers. The pitchers are then thrown away white retairung the strings with which they were tied.

The ritual is following by bhūtaśuddhi.

Vastushastra book cover
context information

Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

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

Kuṃbhābhiṣēka (ಕುಂಭಾಭಿಷೇಕ):—[noun] a religious bathing of the idol of a deity by ceremonially pouring water from water pitchers.

context information

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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