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Building of Hindu temples and installing of images in them is done strictly in accordance with a well-developed science—of architecture and iconography.
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Every mṅrti or image ceremonially installed in a temple for worship, must have a pīṭha (seat or pedestal) whose size is decided by the size of the image or that of the door of the sanctum. There are several varieties of them of which the padmapiṭha is also one.
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Padmapiṭha literally means ‘seat of an icon shaped like a lotus’.
This pīṭha or pedestal is of the shape of a padma or a lotus. There may be one or two; in the latter case they are abutted against each other, the lower one being inverted.
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Building of [[temples]] and installing of images in them is done strictly in accordance with a well-developed science of architecture and iconography. Every [[murti]] or image ceremonially installed in a temple for [[worship]], must have a [[pīṭha]],<ref>[[Pīṭha]] means seat or pedestal.</ref> whose size is decided by the size of the image or that of the door of the sanctum. There are several varieties of them of which the padmapiṭha is also one.
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This pīṭha or pedestal is of the shape of a [[padma]] or a lotus. There may be one or two. If there are two then they are abutted against each other, the lower one being inverted.
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 20:09, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Padmapitha, PadmapiTha, Padmapitha


Padmapiṭha literally means ‘seat of an icon shaped like a lotus’.

Building of temples and installing of images in them is done strictly in accordance with a well-developed science of architecture and iconography. Every murti or image ceremonially installed in a temple for worship, must have a pīṭha,[1] whose size is decided by the size of the image or that of the door of the sanctum. There are several varieties of them of which the padmapiṭha is also one.

This pīṭha or pedestal is of the shape of a padma or a lotus. There may be one or two. If there are two then they are abutted against each other, the lower one being inverted.


References

  1. Pīṭha means seat or pedestal.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore