Hastiprishta, aka: Hastipṛṣṭa, Hasti-prishta; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Hastipṛṣṭa can be transliterated into English as Hastiprsta or Hastiprishta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

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Hastipṛṣṭa (हस्तिपृष्ट) 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 Ekatala (one-storey) group of prāsādas. It can possibly also be spelled as Hastipṛṣṭha.

The Hastipṛṣṭa variety has the following specifications and decorative motif components:

Number of talas (levels): 1;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Apsidal;

The Hastipṛṣṭa is also a variation of the Dvitala (two-storey) group:

Number of talas (levels): 2;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Apsidal (three stūpis);
Number of śālas: 2 (at the façade);

The Hastipṛṣṭa is also a variation of the Tritala (three-storey) group:

Number of talas (levels): 3;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Apsidal;
Number of śālas: As many as required;
Number of kūṭas: 8;
Number of pañjaras: 12;
Number of alpanāsis: 24;

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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