Murdheshtaka, Mūrdheṣṭakā, Murdha-ishtaka: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Mūrdheṣṭakā can be transliterated into English as Murdhestaka or Murdheshtaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Mūrdheṣṭakā (मूर्धेष्टका) or Mūrdheṣṭakasthāpana refers to “fixing of the headstone” and represents a ceremony that is to be performed while establishing a temple or a new settlement.—The Ādiśaiva has a critical role to play in the establishment of a temple or even a new settlement, right from selecting and clearing the ground. [...] The Ādiśaiva-Ācārya has to perform the proper rituals before fixing of the headstone (mūrdheṣṭakā) on the temple gopura. He then fixes the headstone with the chanting of mūlamantras.

The Ācāryas were honoured with dakṣiṇā on the occasion of [various] ritual ceremonies. Besides that, they received a share of the naivedya and nirmālya each day. [...] After laying of the top stone or mūrdheṣṭaka-sthāpana, the Mūrtidhāraka is to be honoured with five niṣka of gold. The Daivajña, Śilpi and guru are to be honoured with one and a half times of that—7.5 niṣka.

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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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