Rudrabhaga, Rudrabhāga, Rudra-bhaga: 2 definitions



Rudrabhaga 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Rudrabhāga (रुद्रभाग) refers to the top-most part of the mānuṣaliṅga, which is generally circular in section. It is also known as the śivabhāga or pūjābhāga.—On the rudrabhāga of all mānuṣa-liṅgas are carved certain lines called brahma-sūtras, and the tops of the liṅgas technically known as śirovartana are fashioned in a number of forms.


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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Rudrabhāga (रुद्रभाग) was used by Viṣṇu in a sacrifice in honour of Śiva, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Saurapurāṇa in two chapters 34 and 35 relates the Tripuradhana myth thus:—“[...] In order to kill the demons Viṣṇu initiated a sacrifice in honour of Śiva and when he offered oblation with rudrabhāga, the Bhūtas came out of the sacrifice. Then Nārāyaṇa ordered them to proceed to the three cities and kill the demons. But the Bhūtas were defeated by the virtuous demons. Out of fear they returned to Viṣṇu, who realised that the demons would not be killed by abhicāra.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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