Umamaheshvaramurti, Umāmaheśvaramūrti, Umamaheshvara-murti: 2 definitions



Umamaheshvaramurti 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.

The Sanskrit term Umāmaheśvaramūrti can be transliterated into English as Umamahesvaramurti or Umamaheshvaramurti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Umāmaheśvaramūrti (उमामहेश्वरमूर्ति) refers to an image (mūrti) of Śiva. These type of mūrtis are usually found in most important Śiva temples throughout South-India.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Umāmaheśvaramūrti (उमामहेश्वरमूर्ति).—The Viṣṇudharmottara and the Rūpamaṇḍana give the description of the Umāmaheśvaramūrti. The former authority states that in this aspect, the image of Śiva and Umā should be seated on a seat, embracing each other. Śiva should have the jaṭāmakuṭa on his head with the crescent moon stuck in it; he should have two arms, in the right one of which there should be a nīlotpala flower and the left one should be placed in embrace on the left shoulder of Umā. Umādevī should have a handsome bust and hip; she should have her right hand thrown in embrace on the right shoulder of Śiva and should keep in her left hand a mirror. The figures of Śiva and Umā should be sculptured very beautifully.

The Rūpamaṇḍana informs us that Śiva should have four arms and that in one of the right hands there should be the triśūla and in the other a mātuluṅga fruit (a kind of citron); one of the left arms should be thrown on the shoulder of Umā and there should be a snake in the other left hand. The colour of Śiva should be red like the coral. The Devī should be as in the description of the Viṣṇudharmottara given above. There should be in this group the Vṛṣabha or the bull of Śiva, Gaṇeśa, Kumāra and a lean emaciated figure of the ṛṣi Bhṛṅgi dancing, all arranged in an artistic composition.

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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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