Yamalarjuna, aka: Yamala-arjuna, Yamalārjuna; 1 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Yamalārjuna (यमलार्जुन) refers to “the uprooting of Arjuna trees” and is depicted as a sculpture on the second pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—The next visualized story is the uprooting of Arjuna trees, the redemption of Nalakūbara and Maṇigrīva and Kṛṣṇa getting the name Dāmodara. Here the two trees are shown together with a head in the centre of each one, suggesting that they were not ordinary trees but metamorphosed celestials. The baby Kṛṣṇa is standing by the side of the trees with the rope still tied to his waist. On witnessing this wonderful scene, his mother Yaśodā, as an expression of her astonishment, has lifted up her hands towards the sky. After this event, Kṛṣṇa has for name, Dāmodara, he who has dāman, the rope, tied to his udara, stomach.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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