Shulbasutra, aka: Shulba-sutra, Śulbasūtra; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śulbasūtra can be transliterated into English as Sulbasutra or Shulbasutra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Śulbasūtra (शुल्बसूत्र):—The Śulbasūtras are the ancient mathematical treatises primarily deal with geometry. They forms a part of kalpasūtras; one of the six Vedaṅgās. Proper understanding of these texts is essential to study Vedas. The geometrical expositions of Śulbasūtras are original in nature and of physical and metaphysical value.

Source: Athirathram: The continuity of Śulbasūtra tradition

Śulbasūtra (शुल्बसूत्र).—Included in some of the Srautasūtras were guidelines for the construction of various fire altars (citis) and the arithmetic and geometrical formulae behind the process. These manuals were perhaps called rajju-samāsa (“joining the measuring cord”). In course of time, they came to be identified as the Śulbasūtras.

Śulba, literally “string,” refers to the measuring cord, and sūtra, literally “string” again, means an aphorism in the Sanskrit technical vocabulary. We have information about 11 such “aphorisms of the measuring cord”: the Baudhāyana, the Āpastaṃba, the Mānava, the Kātyāyana, the Maitrāyaṇa, the Hiraṇyakeśi, the Vādhūla, the Varāha, the Laugākṣi, the Satyāṣaḍha, and the Maśaka. The first eight of these are now extant. Later Vedic texts like the Brāhmaṇas, the Āraṇyakas, and the Upaniṣads were, as a rule, affiliated with one of the three Vedas. This was also the case with the Śulbasūtras or the Srautasūtras to which they were attached.

Source: Sulbasutras

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Śulbasūtra (शुल्बसूत्र).—Name of Sūtra work, containing mathematical calculations required for श्रौत (śrauta) rituals.

Derivable forms: śulbasūtram (शुल्बसूत्रम्).

Śulbasūtra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śulba and sūtra (सूत्र). See also (synonyms): śulvasūtra.

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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