Vastupurushamandala, Vāstupuruṣamaṇḍala, Vastu-purushamandala: 1 definition


Vastupurushamandala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Vāstupuruṣamaṇḍala can be transliterated into English as Vastupurusamandala or Vastupurushamandala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Architecture (1): Early and Classical Architecture

Vāstupuruṣamaṇḍala (वास्तुपुरुषमण्डल).—Vāstu Śāstra visualizes the vāstupuruṣa-maṇḍala—“the abstract representation of temple architecture”—as a square in the form of a yantra (symbolic diagram). The philosophy behind this concept is based on an equivalence behind the macrocosm—the universe, represented by the various gods or powers in the maṇḍala—and the microcosm—the temple, often taken to be in the image of the human body. One central objective of Indian temple architecture is thus to connect the human being to the universe.

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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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