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Vastu Shastra - The Design doctrine


Vastu Shastra - The Design doctrine

Last updated: May 5 2007
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  • Vastu Shastra - The Design doctrine

    Dear members,

    'Vaastu' is no doubt one of the most popular term of the decade, where u find every household to the great business names, the film industry and OTHERS having deep belief in Vaastu till a level that thay are compell to reconstruct or redesign their living and worksapace most of the times. Builders too takin care of the fact to earn greater profits.
    But the doctrine has background. While reading an article I had my focus on the point. Let me share the same with u all.

    Vastu Shastra contains the principles of engineering and architecture as was practiced in ancient India. The ancient treatise deals with codes of planning and construction of dwelling spaces. It defined Vastu as an enclosed space with openings where “immortals and mortals live”. It has been generalised to cover four specific categories: earth (since this was the initial dwelling space), buildings, vehicles and seats. It provides guidelines on design of townships, residential buildings, temples, sculptures, iconography, paintings, chariots, seats and more.

    In ancient times, the practice of Vastu in some form or the other was prevalent in many cultures — Feng Shui was practiced in China, Japan and the Far East while the tradition of Compagnon was followed by guilds in Europe to construct structures like churches and sculptures. There are two famous schools of Indian Vastu architecture — the Aryan (northern) and Dravidian (southern). The northern school consists of three well-known treatises: Visvakarma, Samarangana Sutradhara and Aparajita Praccha. The southern school consists of important manuscripts called Manasara, Mayamatam and Silparatna.The renewed interest in Vastu Shastra grew in India as a reaction to the architectural policy of the past two hundred years, which were the result of foreign imitation.

    Ancient structures — such as monuments and temples — restored to reflect their original grandeur — which have defied the effects of time and weather, constantly challenge us to study the principles laid down by Vastu.

    The last hurricane to hit Orissa’s coast demolished many modern reinforced concrete buildings, while nothing happened to the 300-odd ancient temples. So the sole object of the study of these doctrines is to comprehend guidelines given to builders of the past, and pass on the wisdom to future generations.
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