Simhavaktra, Siṃhavaktra, Simha-vaktra: 3 definitions


Simhavaktra 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.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Siṃhavaktra (सिंहवक्त्र) refers to one of the four classes of praṇālas (“water-drains”) constructed into the sanctum for the purpose of draining oblation water and rainwater. It is a Sanskrit technical term used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature. The siṃhavaktra-praṇāla is connected with the Kṣatriya caste. It is also known as Siṃhāsya.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Siṃhavaktra (सिंहवक्त्र).—A type of praṇāla, or ‘water-drain’.—Praṇālas having the decoration of the face of a lion is called siṃhavaktra or siṃhāsya. All the praṇālas of this type have the siṃhavaktra at the beginning of the exposed shaft. The tip of the shaft is bent and it terminates like a blossomed lotus flower. All these praṇālas are monolithic. These praṇālas have exposed ambumārgas throughout its length. Therefore the face is sometimes relieved on the two sides of the shafts. Globular eyes, pronounced nostrils, the upper jaw and the manes of the lion are all carved distinctly. In the carving of the shaft of the praṇāla, sometimes, the surface is made multifaceted, sometimes even ribbed, grooved and ridged.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Siṃhavaktra (सिंहवक्त्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.78) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Siṃhavaktra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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