Minanatha, aka: Mīnanātha, Mina-natha; 2 Definition(s)


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Mīnanātha (मीननाथ) is an incarnation of Siddhanātha in the second yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. He is also known as Piṅgalanātha. The consort of Mīnanātha was Kuṃkumā (or, Kuṅkumā) and from her were born twelve princes. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas.

The twelve princes born from Kuṃkumā are:

  1. Bhadra,
  2. Amarapāda,
  3. Mahendra,
  4. Khagendra,
  5. Mahīdhara
  6. Guṇḍikanātha,
  7. Amara,
  8. Varadeva,
  9. Citranātha,
  10. Olinātha,
  11. Vṛddhanātha,
  12. Guḍikanātha.

The first six of these princes had no authority to teach, while the latter six did teach and were the founders of six traditions (ovallī).

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)

Mīnanātha (मीननाथ) or Matsyendranāhta refers to the third representation of the nine navanātha reliefs in the Ulsūr Someśvara temple.—Mīnanātha is depicted seated on fish as his right hand is resting on his right knee. His left hand is resting on the fish. He is wearing bangle like rings in his both arms and wrists, a thick necklace like ornament, a yoga-daṇḍa is placed behind his right hand, a round wallet is tied on slightly below his left shoulder; he is having the matted hair and wearing big kuṇḍalas on his ears. His head is slightly tilted upwards as he is facing his right side. The fish is also clearly depicted in an artistic manner.

In the Ulsūr Someśvara temple, on the south wall of the ardhamaṇḍapa, there found depictions of the navanāthas (eg. Mīnanātha) in a variety of poses with huge coffiures, holding attributes such as kamaṇḍala, daṇḍa (staff) and so on. From east to west the nine sculptures of the Nāthas appear in the following order: seated respectively on a Tortoise, Vyāli, Lion, Fish, Scorpion, Snake, Antelope, Boar and Tiger.

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (sculpture)
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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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