padmapiṭha (‘seat of [an icon shaped like a] lotus’) Building of Hindu temples and installing of images in them is done strictly in accordance with a well-developed science—of architecture and iconography. 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. 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.