Shaivadhikalinga, Śaivādhikaliṅga, Shaivadhika-linga: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śaivādhikaliṅga can be transliterated into English as Saivadhikalinga or Shaivadhikalinga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Śaivādhikaliṅga (शैवाधिकलिङ्ग) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the classes of mānuṣaliṅgas (liṅgas made by human hands), classified in the Śaivāgamas. It is also known as the anāḍhyaliṅga, according to the Siddhāntasārāvali. All the mānuṣaliṅgas are made of three parts (brahmabhāga, or ‘lower part’, viṣṇubhāga, or ‘middle part’ and rudrabhāga, or ‘top-most part’). They are also carved with lines known as brahmasūtras. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Śaivādhikaliṅga (शैवाधिकलिङ्ग).—The lengths of the brahmabhāga, the viṣṇubhāga and the rudrabhāga in the śaivādhika-liṅga (lit. ‘with the Śaiva part of larger length’) are according to the Kāmikāgama, the Kāraṇāgama and the Mayamata are 7, 7, 8 or 5, 5, 6 or 4, 4, 5 or 3, 3, 4, respectively; and are meant for the four castes respectively beginning with the Brāhmaṇas (the rest being the Kṣatriyas, the Vaiśyas and the Śūdras). This class appears to be the same as the anāḍhya-liṅga of the Siddhāntasārāvali. The Siddhāntasārāvali lays down the following rule for fixing the widths of the anāḍhya-liṅgas: divide the total length of the liṅga into sixteen equal parts; the width of the anāḍhya-liṅga should be five of these parts.

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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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