Velayudha, aka: Velāyudha, Vela-ayudha; 1 Definition(s)


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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Velāyudha (वेलायुध) or Śaktivela (Śaktivel) is the name of an attribute held in the hand of Murukan and is an important accessory.—It is said that by holding this weapon, the three energies of Śakti namely the iccā-śakti (energy of desire), the jñāna-śakti (energy of wisdom), and the kriyā-śakti (energy of action) are within Murukan. Moreover, this instrument is believed to represent the three guṇas (sattva, rājas, and tāmas), the trinity (Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva), the three inner fires (garhapathya, avahaniya and dakṣiṇadhya) and the three Vedas. The velāyudha, a symbol of Murukan, is often worshipped by itself. This implement is of two kinds: yaukika and laukika. The former is installed to benefit king, the public and the patron. The latter one includes all the other Śakti implements that are worshipped by everyone to be benefited by everyone.

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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