From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dvitāla literally means ‘measuring two tālas’.

In the murtiśilpaśāstra, all the measurements are based on tāla[1] being referred as the basic unit. The images and associated figures are to be made as per this tālamāna system.

The measurement of dvitāla[2] is adopted while preparing the images of birds like swan, dwarfish spirits such as Kuṣmāṇḍa and for the Matsyāvatāra of Viṣṇu.


  1. Tāla means measurement of the length of the face, which is equal to the span.
  2. Dvitāla means two tālas or spans equal to 24 aṅgulas.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore