Yogamurti, aka: Yogamūrti, Yoga-murti; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Yogamūrti (योगमूर्ति);—These icons depict the Supreme Being in various meditational postures. They are worshipped by the aspirant desiring self-mastery or Yoga. These icons should be established and consecrated on the banks of rivers, in forests or on top of mountains, it should be quite far from human habitation, the reason being quite obviously in order to afford a peaceful and undisturbed environment in which the aspirant can practice yogic meditation.

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction

Yogamūrti (योगमूर्ति) is depicted as a sculpture on the eighth pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—Viṣṇu as Yogamūrti, throws his discus to kill a demon. By the side of Viṣṇu is standing a personage with a mace in his hands. On the left side of Viṣṇu is a fallen personage and a discus is at his throat. We don’t know what the story is.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
Śilpaśāstra book cover
context information

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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