Shrikanta, aka: Śrīkānta, Śrīkāntā, Shri-kanta; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śrīkānta and Śrīkāntā can be transliterated into English as Srikanta or Shrikanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (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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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vāstuśāstra (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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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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

(Source): humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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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