Velayudha, Velāyudha, Vela-ayudha: 1 definition



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

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.

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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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