Trivishtapa, aka: Triviṣṭapa, Tri-vishtapa; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Triviṣṭapa can be transliterated into English as Trivistapa or Trivishtapa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

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Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप):—The Sanskrit name for one of the five Vimānas created by Brahmā, the great Creator, in the hoary past for gods. They were for travelling in the air, beautiful to look at, colossal in shape, made of gold and studded with gems. Triviṣṭapa was to be used by Viṣṇu, the god of gods. Vimānas represent the ‘aerial chariots’ of the gods, but also refers to seven-storey palaces. It is described in the 11th-century Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra (49.3) by Bhojadeva. Accordingly, “Triviṣṭapa may be octangular in structure”. It is from the self-same five shapes of Vimānas that later on, Brahmā created the Prāsāda.

The Triviṣṭapa type of Vimāna exhibits ten different temples:

  1. Vajraka,
  2. Nandana,
  3. Śaṅku,
  4. Mekhala,
  5. Vāmana,
  6. Laya,
  7. Mahāpadma,
  8. Haṃsa,
  9. Vyomacandra,
  10. Udaya.

These are the names of 10 out of a total of 64 temples (prāsāda) mentioned in same chapter.

2) Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप):—The name of a group of temple classifications, comprising 9 octagonal-shaped temple categories, according to the 8th-century Agnipurāṇa. The Triviṣṭapa group is one of the five groups mentioned in the purāṇa, and represents the North-Indian classification of temples.

  1. Vajara,
  2. Cakra,
  3. Svastika,
  4. Vajrasvastika,
  5. Cakrasvastika,
  6. Khaḍga,
  7. Gadā,
  8. Śrīkaṇṭha,
  9. Vijaya.
Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप).—A sacred place inside Kurukṣetra. If one bathes in the holy tank there and worships Śiva one would go to heaven. (Chapter 83, Vana Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.81.70). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Triviṣṭapa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप).—

1) the world of Indra, heaven; त्रिविष्टपस्येव पतिं जयन्तः (triviṣṭapasyeva patiṃ jayantaḥ) R.6.78.

2) the three worlds. °सद् (sad) m. a god.

Derivable forms: triviṣṭapam (त्रिविष्टपम्).

Triviṣṭapa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and viṣṭapa (विष्टप). See also (synonyms): tripiṣṭapa.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Triviṣṭapa (त्रिविष्टप).—n.

(-paṃ) 1. Heaven or paradise. 2. The three worlds, or heaven, earth, and hell: see tripiṣṭapa .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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