Varahanatha, Varāhanātha, Varaha-natha: 1 definition

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Varahanatha 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (sculpture)

Varāhanātha (वराहनाथ) refers to the third representation of the nine navanātha reliefs in the Ulsūr Someśvara temple.—Next after Cauraṅginātha is the Nātha seated on a boar (Varāhanātha). His head is tilted slightly upward, and he is wearing the kuṇḍalas on his ears, cross bands on his chest with a medallion and bangle like rings on his both arms and wrist. His right hand is resting on his right leg and left hand in lola-hasta posture, resting on the left knee.

In the Ulsūr Someśvara temple, on the south wall of the ardhamaṇḍapa, there found depictions of the navanāthas (eg. Varāhanātha) in a variety of poses with huge coffiures, holding attributes such as kamaṇḍala, daṇḍa (staff) and so on. From east to west the nine sculptures of the Nāthas appear in the following order: seated respectively on a Tortoise, Vyāli, Lion, Fish, Scorpion, Snake, Antelope, Boar and Tiger.

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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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