Patrakundala, Patrakuṇḍala, Patra-kundala: 2 definitions


Patrakundala 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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Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Patrakuṇḍala (पत्रकुण्डल):—One of the five kinds of commonly known ear-ornaments (kuṇḍala). This ornament consists of thin cylindrical sheets of gold, in imitation of the previously used cocoanut or palmyra leafs.

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Patrakuṇḍala (पत्रकुण्डल) refers to one of the various types of “ear-ornaments” (karṇabhūṣaṇa or kuṇḍala), as defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—Patrakuṇḍalas are the “scroll-like” ear-ornaments, having the ornamental design obtained either by rolling (a strip of) the Palmyra or Coconut leaves which is further inserted into the pierced ear-lobes, or by the similar rolling of very thin and light golden “leaves” The circular space/surface appearing within the scrolls may have various dimensions and can be either plain or shaped with some pattern within it. The patrakuṇḍalas are observed adorning the icons of Śrīdevī consorting Viṣṇu on the right side.

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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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