Alakshata, Alakṣatā: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Alakṣatā can be transliterated into English as Alaksata or Alakshata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden (vastu)

Alakṣatā (अलक्षता) refers to “invisibility”, representing a desirable characteristic of machines (yantra), according to the Samarāṅganasūtradhāra.—Machines, and particularly automata, are consistently associated with a cluster of terms in Sanskrit denoting wonder, marvel, surprise, strangeness, and curiosity (e.g., kautuka, āścarya, vicitra, adbhūta, and vismaya). The best machine, according to Bhoja, is one that fulfills various uses, one whose principal action is concealed (alakṣya), and one that creates astonishment (vismaya) among men (31.12). He reminds the planner that the most admired qualities of a machine are the invisibility (alakṣatā) of its workings and its strangeness (vicitratva; 31.14). Indeed, Bhoja pines, “What else in the world is more strange? What else is more satisfying? And what creates [such] fascination?”

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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