Rudrakanta, aka: Rudra-kanta, Rudrakānta; 4 Definition(s)


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Vastushastra (architecture)

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1) Rudrakānta (रुद्रकान्त):—The Sanskrit name for a classification of a ‘temple’, according to the Īśānaśivagurudevapaddhati which features a list of 52 temple types. This list represents the classification of temples in South-India.

2) Rudrakānta (विष्णुकान्त) refers to a type of pillar (stambha). Its description is found in texts such as Mayamata (verse 15.15), Mānasāra (verse 15.10), Kāśyapaśilpa (verse 8.15), Śilparatna (verses 21.60-61), Īśānaśivagurudevapaddati (verse 31.23) and Kāmikāgama (verse 53.20-21).

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Rūdrakānta (रूद्रकान्त).—A type of bhittipāda, or “pilaster”;—The rūdrakānta-bhittipāda contains a square base and a cylindrical shaft. Vase, kumbha and maṇḍi are also cylindrical in form. These bhittipādas are not in their full shape, but they contain all the important mouldings and decorations of a full fledged bhittipāda of the saumyakānta and viṣṇukānta types like a cubical base, a cylindrical shafl, vase, kumbha, maṇḍi and phalaka with appropriate decorative designs. But the entire shaft from the phalaka to the bottom is shown as though it is vertically spilt.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Rudrakanta in Purana glossary... « previous · [R] · next »

Rudrakānta (रुद्रकान्त).—A lake in the Kuru country, established by Bhava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 72; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 68-9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Rudrakānta (रुद्रकान्त, “cylindrical”) refers to a classification of bhittipādas, which refers to the walls of a temple.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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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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