Nalvar, Nālvar: 1 definition



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Nālvar.—Of the sixty-three Shaiva saints (Nāyanmār), four saints referred to as Nālvar are installed separately in a few temples. They are

  1. Tirunāvukkarasu (Appar),
  2. Sundarar,
  3. Māṇikkavācakar,
  4. Tirunyānasambandar.

The sculptures of these four are housed in a separate cella in the Shukavaneshwara temple at Salem and their sculptures are carved attached to the shafts of the bhadraka pillars of the prākāramaṇḍapa at Kailasanatha temple at Taramangalam.

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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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