Stupi, aka: Stūpī; 4 Definition(s)


Stupi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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)

[Stupi in Vastushastra glossaries]

Stūpi (स्तूपि) refers to the “pinnacle” of a temple (prāsāda or vimāna). It is considered the fifth part in the ṣaḍvarga structure.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Stūpī (स्तूपी).—A type of moulding;—The stūpī (finial) is an essential part of a vimāna, indeed a separate element from the roof on which it stands. Whereas kūṭa domes have a single finial, śālā roofs often have several along the ridge. Symbolising the primal waters, the stūpī is shaped like a bulbous pot.

(Source): Google Books: Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation

Stūpi (स्तूपि).—Above the śikhara a globular stūpi is placed. This stūpi is firmly placed at the top of the śikara with the help of a stone or metal dowel or tenon.

(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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

[Stupi in Shilpashastra glossaries]

Stūpi (स्तूपि) refers to the “finial” or the “apex” of the Hindu temple.—The temple contains the sanctuary known as vimāna or towered sanctuary. Over the vimāna is the śikhara or the spire/tower. The topmost part of the śikhara, whose sloping walls lead towards a point, is the stūpi or the finial or the apex.

(Source): Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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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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