Vyalamukha, Vyala-mukha, Vyālamukha: 2 definitions



Vyalamukha 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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Vyālamukha (व्यालमुख).—A type of hastihasta, or, “balustrade”.—The vyālamukha is carved facing the front of the temple. From the wide-open mouths of the vyālas, tongues resembling long, multifaceted, undulating trunk of the elephant emerges and this is spiraled and up curled at the tip. No body of the vyāla is carved on the surface of the balustrades. Instead in one example, a lotus medallion is relieved.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vyālamukha (व्यालमुख) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.86) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vyālamukha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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