Ratnajalinga, Ratnajaliṅga, Ratnaja-linga: 2 definitions
Ratnajalinga 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Ratnajaliṅga (रत्नजलिङ्ग) refers to a liṅga made of previous stones (ratnaja). It is classified under the calaliṅgas (moveable liṅgas). The term is used thoughout Śaiva literature.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
The ratnaja-liṅgas (रत्नजलिङ्ग) may be carved in pearls, coral, cat’s-eye (vaiḍūrya), quartz crystal, topaz (puṣyarāga), emerald and bluestone; that is, the ratnas or precious stones emplyed in making liṅgas are seven in number.
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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Partial matches: Linga.
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