Tiripura, Tiri-pura: 1 definition


Tiripura 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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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

Tiripura refers to the “three cities of the Asuras”, as mentioned in the Kaṭalāṭukkāṭai, which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—Accordingly, while describing the Koṭukoṭṭi (one of the eleven dances): The devas requested Śiva to burn Tiripura (the three cities of the Asuras). Lord Śiva, with Uma on one side and Tirumal as bow, danced in victory on the burial ground, clapping his hands. The burnt ashes were the stage and he used a faultless rhythm. This is called koṭukoṭṭi dance. Cilappatikāram speaks of Madavi’s dance dressed as Śiva on one side and as Uma on the other.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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