Urdhvatandava, Ūrdhvatāṇḍava, Urdhva-tandava: 1 definition


Urdhvatandava 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.

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

Ūrdhvatāṇḍava (ऊर्ध्वताण्डव) is the name of a Mūrti depicted in the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Cidambaram (Chidambaram) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—Śiva is found in the posture of the completion of ūrdhva-tāṇḍava. Śiva is found with his right leg lifted straight up with his right leg near his right ear. He is found with four arms. The upper right hand is around his right leg and the upper left hand is raised up. The lower right hand is in abhaya-hasta and the lower left hand is in varada-hasta.

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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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