Bhadrakoshtha, Bhadrakoṣṭha, Bhadra-koshtha: 1 definition
Bhadrakoshtha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
The Sanskrit term Bhadrakoṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Bhadrakostha or Bhadrakoshtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Bhadrakoṣṭha (भद्रकोष्ठ) refers to a variety of prāsāda (‘superstructure’, or, upper storey of any building), according to the Mayamata (5th-century guidebook on Dravidian architecture). It is part of the Tritala (three-storey) group of prāsādas.
The Bhadrakoṣṭha variety has the following specifications and decorative motif components:
Number of talas (levels): 3;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Octagonal;
Number of śālas: As many as required;
Number of kūṭas: 8;
Number of pañjaras: As many as required;
Number of alpanāsis: 64 (arranged in svastika pattern);
The Bhadrakoṣṭha is also a variation of the Catuṣtala (four-storey) group:
Number of talas (levels): 4;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Circular;
Number of śālas: 12;
Number of kūṭas: 12 (octagonal);
Number of pañjaras: 12;
Number of alpanāsis: As many as required;
Number of mahānāsis: 8;
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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