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Suryanarayana, aka: Surya-narayana, Sūryanārāyaṇa; 1 Definition(s)


Suryanarayana 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

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Sūryanārāyaṇa (सूर्यनारायण) is depicted as a sculpture on the ninth pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara in a scene known as “The story of the churning of the ocean”.—On the top of the mountain is a male figure which looks like Sūryanārāyaṇa and not Viṣṇu. By and large, the images of the Sun god are shown with two hands, holding lotus in each and a halo behind his head. Here also, it may not be wrong to identify the figure as Sūryanārāyaṇa because the figure has only two hands with a lotus in each.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)Śilpaśāstra book cover
context information

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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