Pratishthatantra, aka: Pratiṣṭhātantra, Pratishtha-tantra; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Pratiṣṭhātantra can be transliterated into English as Pratisthatantra or Pratishthatantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Pratiṣṭhātantra (प्रतिष्ठातन्त्र).—In addition to the general scriptural works of the Siddhānta we have a number of specialized scriptures called Pratiṣṭhātantras that treat only the rituals of installation (pratiṣṭhā) and such ancillary subjects as iconography, iconometry, and the plans of various types of temple, royal palaces, and monasteries.

The Lakṣaṇasaṃgraha of Vairocana reveals that there was once a much larger canon of suchtexts, counting a total of twenty-one titles. There are the following twenty-one Pratiṣṭhātantras that have been taught by Śiva:

  1. Pratiṣṭhākalpa,
  2. Kaumāra (=Skandamata ),
  3. Kiraṇa,
  4. Piṅgalāmata,
  5. Devyāmata,
  6. Mayamata (=Mayasaṃgraha),
  7. Nandi[mata] (=Nandikeśvaramata?),
  8. Pratiṣṭhāpārameśvara,
  9. Bhāskara[mata],
  10. Liṅgakalpa,
  11. Vidyāpurāṇa,
  12. Vāthula,
  13. Śakra[mata] (?),
  14. Vāmadeva,
  15. Paitāmaha 1
  16. Paitāmaha 2,
  17. Bāṇa[mata],
  18. Gargamata,
  19. Yāmya,
  20. Haṃsa,
  21. Viśvakarmamata.
Source: Alexis Sanderson: The Śaiva Literature

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