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Vāstu, aka: Vastu; 6 Definition(s)


Vāstu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Vāstu can be transliterated into English as Vastu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1) Vastu (वस्तु).—A son of Lomapāda.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 37.

2) Vāstu (वास्तु).—Rules of Śilpaśāstra. According to these Kṛṣṇa built a city (Dvārakā) in the sea.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 50. 50-51.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Āyurveda (science of life)

Vāstu (वास्तु) is another name (synonym) for Vāstūka, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Chenopodium album (lamb’s quarters). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 7.122-123), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Hindu science dealing with subjects such as health, medicine, anatomy, etc. and has been in use throughout India since ancient times.

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Vāstu (वास्तु) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mayamata XIX.10-12, which is a populair treatise on Vāstuśāstra literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Vastu (वस्तु) refers to the “plot” of a dramatic play (nāṭya), also known as Itivṛtta, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

The Plot or the subject-matter (vastu) of a Nāṭaka may be twofold:

  1. “The principal” (ādhikārika)
  2. and the “incidental” (prāsaṅgika)

The meaning of the principal Plot is obvious from its name, and an incidental Plot is that in which the characters acting in their own interest incidentally further the purpose of the Hero of the principal Plot.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

General definition (in Hinduism)

The Sanskrit word Vastu means a dwelling or house. The Vastu, takes the meaning of “the site or foundation of a house, site, ground, building or dwelling-place, habitation, homestead, house”. The underlying root is Vas “to dwell, live, stay, abide”.

Source: The India Center: Architecture (Vastu Shastra)

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