Vamanavatara, aka: Vāmanāvatāra, Vamana-avatara; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vāmanāvatāra (वामनावतार) refers to the “dwarf incarnation” of Viṣṇu.—The Taittirīya Saṃhitā, the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, and the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa, speaking of the Asuras who agreed to give to the defeated gods as much of the earth as Viṣṇu—a dwarf—could lie on, and of Viṣṇu who increased his size and got the whole earth for the gods.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Vāmanāvatāra (वामनावतार) or Vāmana is one of the daśāvatāra (ten incarnations) of Viṣṇu, is found depicted at the  Kallazhagar Temple in  Madurai, which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—[in Vāmanāvatāra,] Viṣṇu is the form of a Brahmin dwarf carrying an umbrella in his left hand and a vase in his right hand is seen in this avatāra. Both his legs are turned to the right.

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