Lalitasana, Lalitāsana, Lalita-asana: 2 definitions

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Lalitasana 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.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Lalitāsana (ललितासन) refers to a type of Āsana (sitting poses), according to Ganapati Sthapati in his text Ciṟpa Cennūl, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Seated with feet on the pedestal, with one leg held vertically and the other folded flat, the image is in lalitāsana. This posture can be observed in the seated Vināyaka image.

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Lalitāsana (ललितासन) refers to one of the various posture (āsanas) defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—Lalitāsana indicates very flexible and comfortable seated posture. In this āsana one leg rests on the seat and another knee is raised upwards and the foot is placed on the pedestal properly. This āsana is normally meant for the icons of Gajānana and Bhūtagaṇa whose tālamāna is less than seven. The icon of Viṣṇu from Olayakunnam is a rare specimen with Lalitāsana.

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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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