Vamanavatara, Vāmanāvatāra, Vamana-avatara: 5 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vamanavatara in Purana glossary
Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

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.

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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)

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

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.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[«previous next»] — Vamanavatara in Natyashastra glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (natya)

Vāmanāvatāra (वामनावतार) refers to one of the Daśāvatāra (“ten incarnations”) (of Lord Viṣṇu) to which are assign various hand gestures (in Indian Dramas), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—The word vāmana means dwarf. In the vāmanāvatāra incarnation, lord Viṣṇu holds the form of a dwarf Brahmacārī. The Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa states that—Vāmanāvatāra is identified with oṃ mudrā. In oṃ mudrā the index finger is crocked on the extended left thumb. But According to the Abhinayadarpaṇa, the hand gesture for vāmaṇa-avatāra is made with muṣṭi-hasta. The left hand should hold the muṣṭi hand up and the right hand also holds muṣṭi hand downwards.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vamanavatara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāmanāvatāra (वामनावतार):—[from vāmana] m. the dwarf-incarnation

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vamanavatara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vāmanāvatāra (ವಾಮನಾವತಾರ):—[noun] = ವಾಮನ [vamana]2 - 3.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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