Uttamadhama, Uttama-adhama, Uttamādhama: 4 definitions


Uttamadhama means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Uttamādhama (उत्तमाधम) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to a classification of pīṭhas, used in the construction of liṅgas. To obtain the measurement of the side of the uttamādhama type of pīṭha, divide the total length of the liṅga into 24 equal parts (sometimes 32 parts), and take 22 parts for the length of the side. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Uttamadhama in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uttamādhama (उत्तमाधम).—a. high and low; °मध्यम (madhyama) good, middling, and bad; high, low, and middling; (the order is often reversed); cf. भक्षयित्वा बहून्मत्स्यानुत्तमाधम- मध्यमान् (bhakṣayitvā bahūnmatsyānuttamādhama- madhyamān) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.21.

Uttamādhama is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uttama and adhama (अधम).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Uttamādhama (उत्तमाधम):—[from ut-tama] mfn. high and low

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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 (even English!). 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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Uttamadhama in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Uttamadhama refers to: most contemptible J. V, 394, 437.

Note: uttamadhama is a Pali compound consisting of the words uttama and adhama.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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