Wisdom Library Logo

Shasta, aka: Śāsta, Śāstā; 2 Definition(s)


Shasta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit terms Śāsta and Śāstā can be transliterated into English as Sasta or Shasta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Śāsta (शास्त).—The synonymous name of Śāsta is Ayyappa. Ayyappa is derived from the word Ārya. The āgamas refer to his name as Ārya only. The cult of Ayyappa is late in its origin. Hence, sculptures also belong to later period. The iconographic features are that he is two-handed, he sits in utkuṭitāsana and his mount is elephant. His weapons depicted are either the vajrāyudha or the bow made of sugarcane. According to mythology, he is Hariharaputra i.e. son bom from the union of Śiva and Viṣṇu (in the form of Mohini).

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

about this context:

Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.


1a) Śāstā (शास्ता).—A son of Śiva and Śakti, born of churning of ocean, see Mahāśāsta.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 6. 9.

1b) One of the eleven Rudras.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 153. 19.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

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

Relevant definitions

Search found 4 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Nāṭya (नाट्य) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to “dramatic art”. Accordi...
Subrahmaṇya (सुब्रह्मण्य).—Sculptures of Subrahmaṇya are found in good numbers and are of late ...
In a svayampradhāna temple of Subrahmaṇya there are required to be set up eight parivāra-dev...
Ten Titles of Buddha
represent the characteristics of Buddha 1. Tathagata - the Thus Come Ones 2. Arhat - worthy...

Relevant text

Search found 21 books containing Shasta, Śāsta or Śāstā. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the 20 most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpufll? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.