Pithacalana, Pīṭhacalana, Pitha-calana: 1 definition


Pithacalana 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Pithachalana.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Pīṭhacalana (पीठचलन) refers to a type of damage where “the pīṭha shakes”, 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.—As far as the Jīrṇoddhāraṇa (renovation) metal icons are concerned, the Vaiṣṇava Āgamas lay special rules because the authors of the Āgamas obviously knew the value and re-usable condition of metals. [...] The Vaiṣṇava Āgamas mention two type of damages to the metal icon—a) the pīṭha shakes (pīṭhacalana) or it comes apart from the icon (pīṭhaviyoga) and b) any part of the icon get broken or mutilated (aṅgavaikalya).

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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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