Yogadanda, aka: Yoga-danda, Yogadaṇḍa; 3 Definition(s)

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Yogadanda 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)

Yogadaṇḍa (योगदण्ड).—Representations of the yogic exercises involving the use of yogadaṇḍa are found in many temples such as Nandibeta in Karnātaka; Narasiṃha temple at Lower and Upper Ahobilam in Āndhra Pradesh, Marakāṇam in Tamilnādu, which indicate the strenuous exercises that require sitting in the same posture over long periods.

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

Yogadaṇḍa refers to a “yogic staff”, representing one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. Some of the work tools held in the hands of deities are, for example, Yogadaṇḍa.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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context information

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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