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Vastushastra (architecture)

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

Stone represents an important Material for the Construction of Temples, which was carefully examined by the architect, 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.—Finding of proper types of materials is one of the important aspects for any construction. The quality of stones is very important in the construction of temple. Indian scriptures state that to procure the stones, the astrologer and the architect should go to mountain and examine the stones. In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa a proper examination of stone is suggested in this regard. The stone used in the Architecture of a temple should be uniform in colour, glossy, underground, massive, soft, broad in size, void of sand, clean and washed in pure water, placed under the shade of trees or it may be lying near a temple.

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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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