Pashupatamurti, Pāśupatamūrti, Pashupata-murti: 2 definitions


Pashupatamurti 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 Pāśupatamūrti can be transliterated into English as Pasupatamurti or Pashupatamurti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Pāśupatamūrti (पाशुपतमूर्ति).—Closely allied to the Candraśekharamūrti are the Pāśupatamūrti and a slightly different aspect of it, the Raudrapāśupatamūrti. The Pāśupatamūrti should also be standing erect [samabhaṅga] as in the case of the Candraśekharamūrti, should have three eyes, four arms and hair standing on the head upright on all sides, and a large well-proportioned body. One of the right hands should be held in the abhaya pose, while the other, should carry a śūla. One of the left hands should be kept in the varada pose and the remaining hand should carry on akṣamālā. The figure must be decorated with all ornaments; and it must have a good look with a gentle smile playing upon its lips.

The Aṃśumadbhedāgama states that the image of Pāśupata-mūrti maybe either standing or sitting, whereas the Śilparatna, wants it to be a standing figure and substitutes the kapāla in the place of akṣamālā in the above description. According to the Aṃśumadbhedāgama, the Pāśupatamūrti is to be used for the daily services (nityotsavas in temples).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)

Pāśupatamūrti (पाशुपतमूर्ति) or simply Pāśupata refers to one of the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra. The forms of Śiva (e.g., Pāśupata-mūrti) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

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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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