Skandakanta, aka: Skanda-kanta, Skandakānta; 2 Definition(s)

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Skandakanta 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

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

1) Skandakānta (स्कन्दकान्त):—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) Skandakānta (स्कन्दकान्त) refers to a variety of prāsāda (‘superstructure’, or, upper storey of any building), according to the Mayamata (5th-century guidebook on Dravidian architecture). It is part of the Ekatala (one-storey) group of prāsādas.

The Skandakānta variety has the following specifications and decorative motif components:

Number of talas (levels): 1;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Hexagonal;

3) Skandakānta (स्कन्दकान्त) refers to a type of pillar (stambha). It is a six-sided shaft. It is also known by the names Indrakānta and Kaumāra. Its description is found in texts such as the Mānasāra (verse 15.11), Kāśyapaśilpa (verse 8.10), Śilparatna (verse 21.59), Īśānaśivagurudevapaddati (verse 31.21) and Kāmikāgama (verse 53.18).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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.

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Skandakānta (स्कन्दकान्त) is a variety of adhiṣṭhāna (‘pedestal’), according to the Kāśyapaśilpa. The word adhiṣṭhāna refers to the ‘pedestal’ or ‘base’ on which a structure is built. Skandakānta is classified under its parent group named pratibandha.

(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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