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Trailokyeshvara, aka: Trailokyeśvara; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Trailokyeśvara can be transliterated into English as Trailokyesvara or Trailokyeshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

Trailokyeśvara (त्रैलोक्येश्वर) is one of the eight temples located in a space to the north of the village Paṭṭadakal, arrayed in a rectangle of about 180 x 140 m on the western bank of the river.

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Trailokyeśvara (त्रैलोक्येश्वर) is the name of a temple at Paṭṭadakal in the Karnāṭa-drāviḍa style.—This tripartite structure may have a material and esthetic purpose; the transition through the octagon gives more strength to the erection of the circular dome and a touch of smoothness and harmony to the passage from the square to the circle. It has also a religious significance. It reproduces the tripartite structure of the Liṅga itself. The square lower section is the residence of Brahman, the octagonal section of Viṣṇu, the circular section of Rudra. The prāsāda itself is a body of Śiva from bottom to top, like the Liṅga. To our knowledge the Trailokyeśvara temple at Paṭṭadakal is the first instance of such a structure.

Lokeśvara is known as Virupaksha and Trailokyeśvara as Mallikārjuna. Although both temples look alike, being built almost at the same time, yet there are some minor differences. Situated to the north-west of Lokeśvara, Trailokyeśvara too faces east but is smaller in size. Both the temples were patronised by Lokamahādevī and Trailokyamahādevī, uterine sisters and also coqueens of King Vikramāditya II. Trailokyamahādevī is the author of the Trailokyeśvara

The Śivaliṅga, under the name of Trailokyeśvara, is in the (Garbhagṛha) cella, on a proportionately well shaped big pīṭha. There are two pilasters at the entrance of the cella, one to the north and the other to the south.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal
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The history and geography of India includes names of areas, cities, countries and other regions of India, as well as historical dynasties, rulers, tribes and various local traditions, languages and festivals. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom but primarely encourages the path of Dharma, incorporated into religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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