Shirovartana, Shiras-vartana, Śirovartana: 2 definitions


Shirovartana 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 Śirovartana can be transliterated into English as Sirovartana or Shirovartana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Śirovartana (शिरोवर्तन) refers to the tops of the mānuṣaliṅgas (liṅgas created by human hands). There are minute rules laid down for the process of rounding these tops.

According to the Mayamata, there are five important kinds of tops for liṅgas:

  1. chatrākāra (umbrella-shaped),
  2. tripuṣākāra (cucumber-shaped),
  3. kukkuṭāṇḍākāra (egg-shaped),
  4. ardhacandrākāra (half-moon-shaped),
  5. budbudasadṛśa (bubble-like).

The same list, except the last type, is also found in the Siddhāntasārāvali.

Shilpashastra book cover
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: Google Books: Consecration Rituals In South Asia

Śirovartana (शिरोवर्तन) refers to one of the chapters of the Devyāmata: an Early Śaiva Pratiṣṭhātantra dating back to the 5th century CE dealing with topics related to temple construction, consecration rituals, and iconography.—The Devyāmata is written in the form of a dialogue between Śiva and the Goddess. It begins with the praśnapaṭala, ‘the chapter on questions’, in which Devī tells Śiva what topics she would like to learn about. The answers are provided in the following chapters [e.g., śirovartana], of which each is dedicated to one specific subject.

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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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