Powder: 3 definitions


Powder means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Hindi. 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)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Powder is denoted by the Sanskrit term Cūrṇa, and is commonly used in the ancient Indian art of Painting (citra), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, it is suggested that before going to start Painting on walls one should plaster a wall. For the process of kuḍya i.e., plastering on a wall, the painter needs iṣṭakācūrṇa i.e., powder of bricks and mṛd i.e., clay as basic ingredients. To prepare this at first the powder of three kinds of brick and one third of clay should be mixed.


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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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India history and geography

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Powder (of stones) was used as colours for painting in ancient India, according to the rules of Citrasūtra and the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—Page 249:19: There is a reference to mineral colours used in painting and made from the powder of stones of different colours. Such mineral colours were used in the wall paintings of Ajanta and also at Ellora during the 8th century. Perhaps Uddyotanasūri was working on facts as had reached his ears. There actually was in the erstwhile state of Shakti in Madhyapradesh a place named Ṛṣabhapura which is mentioned in the Āraṇyakaparvan as a place of pilgrimage and visited by many persons to which the Pāṇḍavas also went with their teacher. It is probable that the place was notorious for its Kāpālika practices.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Powder in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) powder; face; powder; —[potana] to (put up a crude) make-up (said derisively)..—powder (पाउडर) is alternatively transliterated as Pāuḍara.

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