Vastuvidya, Vāstuvidyā, Vastu-vidya: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vastuvidya in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या).—Is architecture see Vāstuśāstra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 215. 40.
Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या) or “architecture” refers to one of the “sixty four kinds of Art”, according to the Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyaṇa.—Indian tradition, basically includes sixty four Art forms are acknowledged. The references of sixty four kinds of kalā are found in the Bhāgavatapurāṇa, Śaiva-Tantras, Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyaṇa etc.

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

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Vastuvidya in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या) refers to the “Knowledge of houses” and is the name of the seventeenth chapter of the Gārgīyajyotiṣa. It is similar to the 53rd chapter of Vārahamihira’s work known as the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. The Gārgīyajyotiṣa is one of the most comprehensive of Garga’s texts and written in the form of a dialogue between Krauṣṭuki (Ṛṣiputra) and Garga discussing astral and other omens, comprising a total of sixty-two chapters (viz., vāstu-vidyā), known as aṅgas and summarized in the Aṅgasamuddiśa (“enumeration of the divisions”, introductory portion).

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या) refers to “architecture”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “A true Astrologer is also one who has thoroughly mastered the Science of Saṃhitā. [...] It treats of indradhvaja, of the rainbow and of architecture [i.e., vāstuvidyā]; of the prediction of events from casual words and gestures and from the cawing of crows; of the formation of zodiacal circles for purposes of horary astrology. It treats of the prediction of future events from phenomena connected with the deer, the dog and the motions of the wind; of the construction of temples, towers and palaces; of the casting of images and of founding the same; of the growth of plants and trees; of under currents; of certain annual ceremonies to be performed by princes for success in war. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

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

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या) refers to the “science of architecture” and is one of the technical subjects studied in ancient India. In the earliest texts, the word vāstu occurs in the sense of a building site or the building itself. Later on, other subjects such as temple construction, town planning, public and private buildings and forts were included in the discipline in which the construction of a structure was regarded as a sacred act.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vastuvidya in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या).—f S Architecture. See causaṣṭakaḷā.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vastuvidya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या).—architecture.

Vāstuvidyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāstu and vidyā (विद्या).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vastuvidyā (वस्तुविद्या).—read so (or with [Boehtlingk] 7.373 vāstu°, but see vastu) for vastra-v°, science of sites: Divyāvadāna 630.22 (see s.v. śivā-vidyā), not architecture (Sanskrit vāstu-v°, [Boehtlingk and Roth]); = Pali vatthu-vijjā, the art of determining the qualities of sites proposed for houses or parks, Dīghanikāya (Pali) commentary i.93.14.

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Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या).—[, see vastu°.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या).—[feminine] = vāstujñāna.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—archit. Oppert. 6199.
—[commentary] Bp. 276.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Vāstuvidya (वास्तुविद्य):—[=vāstu-vidya] [from vāstu > vāstava] mfn. ([from] next) relating to architecture [gana] ṛg-ayanādi

2) Vāstuvidyā (वास्तुविद्या):—[=vāstu-vidyā] [from vāstu > vāstava] f. ‘science in building’, architecture, [Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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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 (even English!). 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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