Vishnudharmottara Purana (Art and Architecture)

by Bhagyashree Sarma | 2021 | 59,457 words

Summary: This essay studies the elements of Art and Architecture according to the Vishnudharmottara Purana (third Khanda) and its relevance in modern times. The work is encyclopedic in nature and is divided in three books. The third book contains 183 chapters dealing with a variety of artisan themes such as Architecture, Painting, Dance, Music, Dramaturgy, Grammar, Rhetoric, etc. Many chapters however, are devoted to Hindu Temple architecture and the construction of Deities and their installation rites and ceremonies.

Although English translations of the Vishnudharmottara Purana (or Visnudharmottara) exists partially, this thesis attempts to research the third book specifically, detailing upon the technical terms used in Vastu-shastra (science of architecture) and Shilpa-shastra (schience of sculpture, crafting or arts in general).


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The full text of the Vishnudharmottara Purana (Art and Architecture) in English is available here and publically accesible (free to read online). Of course, I would always recommend buying the book so you get the latest edition. You can see all this book’s content by visiting the pages in the below index:


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