Sutragrahin, aka: Sutra-grahin, Sūtragrāhin; 3 Definition(s)


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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Sūtragrāhin (सूत्रग्राहिन्):—One of the four types of Śilpin (“the architectural student”), according to the Śilparatna, which was written by Śrī Kumāra. The Śilparatna is a classical Hindu literary work on arts and crafts (this tradition is also known as śilpa-śāstra). The Śilpin learns his profession first from his teacher (guru), but later from various specialists.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Sūtragrāhin (सूत्रग्राहिन्).—The sūtragrāhin, the next member of the guild knows the Veda and the śāstras. The word sūtra. derives from √siv, “to sew”, and means “thread, line, cord”. It also has the meaning of “a short aphoristic rule”. Grāhin derives from √grah, “to hold, grasp”, and means, “the one who grasps”, both in the physical and mental sense. Thus, sūtragrāhin is “one who grasps the measuring cord”, at the same time “one who comprehends sūtra in its metaphysical import and in its architectural formulation as the rules of geometry and proportion”.

The Mānasāra states that the sūtragrāhin has a specialized knowledge of rekhā, literally, “line”, here to mean the geometry of delineation. His role is ta assist the sthapati by holding the measuring cord and drawing the circ1es and lines in the process of orientation and delineation of the site, as well as at other instances of measuring that occur during construction. As marker of circles, the sūtragrāhin is called bindutattvajña, “one who is knowledgeable in the principle of bindu”.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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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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Sūtragrāhin (सूत्रग्राहिन्).—m. a draftsman, an architect.

Sūtragrāhin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sūtra and grāhin (ग्राहिन्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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