Vimāna

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vimana, VimAna, Vimaana


vimāna (‘an object that is measured’)

Though etymologically this word is defined as something which is measured (mā = to measure), it is used in a technical sense. According to the works on ancient Hindu architecture it can mean any of the following: a chariot of the gods flying in heavenly regions; a house or a palace, especially the one which is seven-storeys in height; the small tower over the garbhagṛha or the sanctum sanctorum of a temple. This last one can be of three architectural types: nāgara (curvilinear); drāviḍa (pyramidal); vesara (combination of the former two).

See also HINDU TEMPLES.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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vimāna (‘an object that is measured’) Though etymologically this word is defined as something which is measured (mā = to measure), it is used in a technical sense. According to the works on ancient Hindu architecture it can mean any of the following: a chariot of the gods flying in heavenly regions; a house or a palace, especially the one which is seven-storeys in height; the small tower over the garbhagṛha or the sanctum sanctorum of a temple.

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This last one can be of three architectural types: nāgara (curvilinear); drāviḍa (pyramidal); vesara (combination of the former two). See also HINDU TEMPLES.