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Shivarcana, aka: Śivārcana, Shiva-arcana; 1 Definition(s)


Shivarcana 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 Śivārcana can be transliterated into English as Sivarcana or Shivarcana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Śivārcana (शिवार्चन).—In the ritualistic process of śivārcana, Lord Siva is invoked and installed on a mystic pedestal known as śivāsana which itself is constituted of five asanas known as anantāsana, siṃhāsana, yogāsana, padmāsana and vimalāsana. Each āsana, with an attributed form represents a gross element

  1. Anantāsana (form: triangle, element: Earth)
  2. Siṃhāsana (form: square, element: Water)
  3. Yogāsana (form: octagonal, element: Fire)
  4. Padmāsana (form: circle, element: Air)
  5. Vimalāsana (form: hexagon, element: Space )

Bassically, each asana is composed of a tattva or a group of tattvas and on the whole śivāsana is nothing but a mystic pedestal composed of thirty-six principles (tattvas). The pīṭha part of śivaliṅga is to be indentified wih śivāsana.

Source: IGNCA: Āgamic Treatment Of Mahābhūtas In Relation To Maṇḍalas And ArtsŚaivism book cover
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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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