Shikhakumbha, Śikhākumbha, Shikha-kumbha: 1 definition


Shikhakumbha 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.

The Sanskrit term Śikhākumbha can be transliterated into English as Sikhakumbha or Shikhakumbha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

[«previous next»] — Shikhakumbha in Vastushastra glossary
Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts (vastu)

1) Śikhākumbha (शिखाकुम्भ) refers to a “pot (filled with precious metals)” (surmounting the Stūpī), as discussed in chapter 9 (Kriyāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—Description of the chapter [mūrdheṣṭakāvidhi-vimānadevatākalpana]: [...] [After the “last bricks” or mūrdheṣṭakā-ceremonies]—A stūpikā-kīla (axis rod) is mounted over the bricks which, in turn, have been covered in their pit with a cache of precious gems, grains, etc. The stūpī-finial is cemented over this by the Ācārya, and surmounting the stūpī-dome a śikhākumbha-pot is placed, having been filled with precious metals and gems (24-41). [...]

2) Śikhākumbha (शिखाकुम्भ) refers to a type of “temple-finial”, as discussed in chapter 4 of the Puruṣottamasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra text consisting of more than 1800 verses devoted to temple-building and the practical concerns of the Pāñcarātra priestly community.—Description of the chapter [ālayalakṣaṇa-mūrdheṣṭakāvidhāna]: After telling about the requirements for proper pratiṣṭhā-installation procedures (1-6), Vasiṣṭha then tells about the stones to be collected for making icons (7-9a). [...] Then Vasiṣṭha turns to the rites of placing the “last bricks” (51-72), after which the artisans and workers are paid and discharged and the stūpikākīla is put in place (73-78a) This finial is topped by the śikhākumbha and a cakra-symbol (73b-79) .

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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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