Vamanavatara, Vāmanāvatāra, Vamana-avatara: 3 definitions

Introduction

Vamanavatara 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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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. 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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