Shrikanta, aka: Śrīkānta, Śrīkāntā, Shri-kanta; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Shrikanta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 terms Śrīkānta and Śrīkāntā can be transliterated into English as Srikanta or Shrikanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त) refers to a variety of adhiṣṭhāna, which is a pedestal or base of a structure, and a very important component in the art of construction (śilpa). Śrīkānta is mentioned in the Mānasāra (chapter 14), the Mayamata and the Kāśyapaśilpa. Śrīkānta is classified under its parent group named pratibandha, according to the Kāśyapaśilpa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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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)

1) Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त):—The Sanskrit name for a classification of a ‘temple’, according to the Īśānaśivagurudevapaddhati which features a list of 52 temple types. This list represents the classification of temples in South-India.

2) Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त) also refers to a type of pillar (stambha). Its description is found in texts such as Kāmikāgama (verses 53.27-29).

3) Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त) alo refers to a category of gopura, which is the “tower” built above the gateway of a house, palace or Buddhist monastery.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त).—A type of adhiṣṭhāna (‘pedestal’);—This type of adhiṣṭhāna is mentioned in Mānasāra (verse 14.180), Mayamata (verses 14.32) and Kāśyapaśilpa (verses 6.60-61). Mānasāra states that the major mouldings of the plinth are upāna, jagati, paṭṭikā, padma, kumuda and gala. These are interspersed by good number of minor mouldings. According to Mayamata, this adhiṣṭhāna is suitable only for the “denizens of the sky”.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "Beautiful Lord"

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Śrīkāntā (श्रीकान्ता) is the wife of Marudeva, who is a kulakara (law-giver) according to Śvetāmbara sources, while Digambara names his wife as Satyā. The kulakaras (similair to the manus of the Brahmanical tradition) figure as important characters protecting and guiding humanity towards prosperity during ancient times of distress, whenever the kalpavṛkṣa (wishing tree) failed to provide the proper service.

These law-givers and their wifes (eg., Śrīkāntā) are listed in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Śrīkānta (श्रीकान्त).—an epithet of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: śrīkāntaḥ (श्रीकान्तः).

Śrīkānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śrī and kānta (कान्त).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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