Vastu Sastra (Vol - I: Hindu Science of Architecture)

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Item Code: IDF742
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Author: D. N. Shukla
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 8121506113
Pages: 846
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.7" X 6.8"
Weight 1.52 kg
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Book Description


This book is Hindu Canons of Engineering and Architecture though first in the series of my research publications in English is seeing the light of the day after the Vastu Sastra Vol II. Hindu Canons of Iconography and Painting had already been presented to the scholarly world more than a year back. Both these Volumes have for their nuclei my Doctoral Theses Ph. D and D. Litt. In this way this Volume may be said to have come out after a long interval.

A study of Bhoja's Samarangana-Sutradhara a treatise on the science of architecture was submitted as my Ph. D thesis some six years back. I was very much encouraged by the glowing tributes to this thesis being acclaimed as a pioneer work vide the reports of the examiners appended at the end of this introduction. I therefore set for myself to extend the study from a single text to at least half a dozen representative texts like Visvakarma-prakasa, Aparajita-prccham and Silparatna. Naturally this very ambitious undertaking needed some more concentrated time the availability of which has been a very distant hope for the last so many years as I have been busy not only with D. Litt. Researches but also with my research publication I Hindi as well, with the then (1954-56) vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University took great fancy in my theses on account of their high merit and higher tributes and recommended their publication to the U. G. C. which sanctioned a grant for Rs. 6000 for the publication of my theses. Prof. Iyer the next Vice-Chancellor also agreed to recommend for some more help towards the completion of work. Hence a further subsidy of Rs. 4000 enabled me to undertake the publication of this volume also. Both these Volumes in a way may be said to complete the grand edifice of Vastu- sastra, which is not only the science of architecture engineering but also that of sculpture and painting. Accordingly all these three broad divisions of Vastu Sastra, namely Vastu, Silpa and Citra have been surveyed in both these Volumes.

The Vastu i.e. architecture being the subject matter of the first Volume and Silpa and Citra that of the second. Further again Vastu I its wider application has at least five principal branches namely Engineering, Town planning, Secular or civil architecture, Palace-architecture and Temple-architecture. It is in accordance with these broad topics of Vastu Sastra that this Volume has been divided into five principal parts namely Introductory, Town-planning, House-architecture and Temple-architecture.


  Dedication 3
  Sutrastakan 4
  Preface 4 (a & b)
  Introduction 5-9
  Contents 10-19
  Bharatiya Vastu-Sastra Series 20
  Opinions of the Experts 21-24
Chapter I Introductory 25-33
Chapter II The Scope and Subject Matter of Architecture 34-43
Chapter III The Architect and Architecture 44-49
Chapter IV An Outline History of Hindu Architecture both as Science and Art 50-88
Chapter V Study of Hindu Science of Architecture 89-178
Chapter VI Fundamental Canons of Hindu Architecture 179-224
  Introductory 227-228
Chapter I Antiquity of Town Planning in India and Origin and Growth of Indian Towns. 229-242
Chapter II Villages, Town and Forts in General 243-260
Chapter III Preliminaries of town-planning 261-267
Chapter IV Road Planning 268-274
Chapter V Folk Planning 275-281
Chapter VI Deification and Beautification of Town 282-285
Chapter VII Fortification 286-291
Chapter VIII Inauspicious Towns 292-294
Chapter IX Conclusion-Modern town planning and what it can learn from the S.S 295-300
  Introductory 303-304
Chapter I Preliminaries 305-306
Chapter II Buildings in General 307-309
Chapter III Origin and development of Human houses 310-312
Chapter IV Sala Houses 313-320
Chapter V Planning of Salas- the House plans and building byelaws 321-326
Chapter VI The construction of the Salas 327-331
Chapter VII The Principal components- The door 332-337
Chapter VIII The Pillar and other members 338-344
Chapter IX House Decoration and other Equipments 345-348
Chapter X The defect of Houses and Varieties of Defective Houses 349-350
Chapter XI Concluding remarks 351-354
  Introductory 357-358
Chapter I Palace Architecture 359-366
Chapter II Accessory Structures 367-371
Chapter III Palace Pleasures- the Mechanical Controvances, the Yantras 372-388
Chapter IV State or public buildings 389-392
  Introductory 395-396
Chapter I The denotation and the connotation of the term Prasada- the Hindu Temple 397-404
Chapter II The origin of the Prasada Vastu 405-414
Chapter III The Development of the Prasada Vastu 415-424
Chapter IV Prasada Styles 425-434
Chapter V Pre S. S. Classification of Temple 435-441
Chapter VI Classification of temples as given in he S. S. 442-453
Chapter VII Planning of Prasada- The Hindu Temple 454-461
Chapter VIII Prasada Mandapa 462-465
Chapter IX Prasada Jagatis 466-470
Chapter X Vimana Vastu 471-473
Chapter XI The correspondence of the Prasada of the S. S. with Monuments 474-481
Chapter XII An outline History of Hindu Temple 482-575

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