Pushpaputa, aka: Puṣpapuṭa, Pushpa-puta; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Puṣpapuṭa can be transliterated into English as Puspaputa or Pushpaputa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Puṣpapuṭa (पुष्पपुट) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘combined hands’ (saṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-four combined Hands).—Puṣpapuṭa (flower-casket): Sarpa-śīrṣa hands are pressed together. Usage: offering lights (ārati), twilight water offering (sandhya-argha-dāna), flower-spells (mantra-puṣpa), children receiving fruits, etc.

According to another book: one Sarpa-śīrṣa hand by the side of the other. The patron deity is Kinnareśvara. Usage: offering and receiving flowers, corn, fruits, or water.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Puṣpapuṭa (पुष्पपुट).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with combined hands (saṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): Two Sarpaśiraḥ hands with their fingers close to one another meeting on one side very closely will give rise to the Puṣpapuṭa hand.

(Uses): It is to be used to indicate the receiving or carrying of rice, fruits, flowers, foods and lawfully obtained money of various kinds and the carrying and removing of water.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Puṣpapuṭa (पुष्पपुट) or Puṣpapuṭahasta refers to “worship with flowers” and represents one of the four gestures with both hands, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., puṣpapuṭa-hasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Puṣpapuṭa (पुष्पपुट).—the calyx of a flower.

2) (in music) a particular position in dancing.

Derivable forms: puṣpapuṭaḥ (पुष्पपुटः).

Puṣpapuṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms puṣpa and puṭa (पुट).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puṣpapuṭa (पुष्पपुट).—nt., °pūṭa, m., °pūṭī, f., flower-sheath, calyx: so Tibetan me tog gi phur ma (acc. to Das) on Mvy 6112 °puṭam, n. sg., in list of ‘articles of worship’ (pūjā- pariṣkārāḥ), between cūrṇa and gandha; Sukh shows how they were used, viz., thrown upon a Buddha, or up in [Page350-a+ 71] the air where they remain magically fixed and form um- brellas; in Sukh the forms are puṣpa-pūṭī 49.5 and 50.9, or gandha-pūṭī, fragrant calyx (of a flower), 50.1, but puṣpa-pūṭa, masc., in 50.13 (all these are in verses) and, in prose, 57.11 ff., repeatedly, always with ā; Müller renders the second member handfull, BR Düte, but the use in Sukh confirms Tibetan on Mvy. It is, to be sure, doubt- less connected with Sanskrit puṭa, puṭī, pockét, cavity, con tainer, etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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