Uttamadashatala, Uttamadaśatāla, Uttama-dashatala: 2 definitions


Uttamadashatala 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 Uttamadaśatāla can be transliterated into English as Uttamadasatala or Uttamadashatala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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

Uttamadaśatāla (उत्तमदशताल) refers to a type of measurement corresponding to 124 dehāṅgulas, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The unit of measurement chosen for stating the proportions of the images of the various gods, goddesses and other beings belonging to the Hindu pantheon is called the tāla. The uttama-daśatāla (124 dehāṅgulas) is prescribed for the images of the principal deities Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uttamadaśatāla (उत्तमदशताल).—A sculptural measurement in which the whole height of an image is generally divided into 12 equal parts. The same measurement in 112 equal parts is called उत्तमनवताल (uttamanavatāla).

Derivable forms: uttamadaśatālam (उत्तमदशतालम्).

Uttamadaśatāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uttama and daśatāla (दशताल).

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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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