Nishkala-Shiva, Niṣkalā-Śiva: 1 definition


Nishkala-Shiva 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Just as the weaver is the efficient cause (nimittakāraṇa), the Niṣkalā-Śiva is the efficient cause of the universe composed of the moveable and immoveable objects. The immoveable objects consist of such things as the mountains, and the moveable, of things like paśu (here used in the technical sense of animals endowed with souls; man covered with ignorance). Souls have sūkṣma-śarīras (subtle bodies) and bhuvana-śariras (material regional bodies).

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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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