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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (vastu)

Sources of water should be available on the land, as found out during examination before the construction of a Temple, according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, a strict guideline is seen for the selection of land for a temple. [...] According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, the land for temple should be accompanied with the sources of water and the temple should be made on the left side or in front of that reservoir of water. Islands are regarded as the best sites for temples by the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa as they are surrounded by water. In the Bṛhatsaṃhitā also, need of water tank in the site of temple is recommended. [...] According to the Gobhilagṛhyasūtra, the site of temple construction should be even and it should be the one where water can flow to the east or north.

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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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