Shikharahasta, aka: Śikharahasta, Shikhara-hasta; 1 Definition(s)

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Shikharahasta 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 Śikharahasta can be transliterated into English as Sikharahasta or Shikharahasta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Śikharahasta (शिखरहस्त) or simply Śikhara refers to “bow-hold, crest” and represents one of the twenty-four gestures with a single hand, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., śikharahasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).

(Description of Śikhara-hasta): In this posture, the four fingers are held bent into the palm while the thumb is held vertically upward away from them.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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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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