Nrittamurti, Nṛttamūrti, Nritta-murti: 2 definitions

Introduction

Nrittamurti 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.

The Sanskrit term Nṛttamūrti can be transliterated into English as Nrttamurti or Nrittamurti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Nṛttamūrti (नृत्तमूर्ति) refers to “dancing aspects”. It is one of the five classes of śivamūrti (‘image of Śiva’).

Nṛttamūrti refers to an image (mūrti) of an aspect of Śiva. Nṛtta literally means “dancing”. The Pūrva-kāraṇāgama states that the figures of Śiva in the nṛtta-mūrti aspect should have near them the figure of the Devi. The colour, according to the Kāraṇāgama, of the nṛtta-mūrti aspect of Śiva is to be white.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

1) Nṛttamūrti (नृत्तमूर्ति) or simply Nṛtta refers to one of the twenty-three forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Pūrvakāmikāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): first and foremost among the Mūlāgama. The forms of Śiva (eg., Nṛtta-mūrti) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

2) Nṛttamūrti is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): the fourth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.

3) Nṛttamūrti is also listed among the twelve forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Suprabhedāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): the tenth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.

4) Nṛttamūrti is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra.

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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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