India possesses a store of Sanskrit works on Architecture sculpture and painting collectively known as Vastusastra the serious researches on which have started very recently. In Vedic texts we occasionally find rudiments of architectural techniques in form of technical terms and expressions. Some of the major Puranas contain chapters dealing with various aspects of architecture sculpture and painting. Texts on architectures came to be written not before 8th - 9th century. Vastuvidya or the science of architecture Manasara, Mayamata, Bhoja;s Samaranganasutradhara, Varahamihira’s Brhatsamhita, Aparajitaprccha, Srikumara;s Silparatna the Tantrik work Isana Sivagurudeva paddhati etc. are prominent renowned scholars including P.K. Acharya K.P. Pisharoti Stella Kramrisch Tarapada Bhattacharya J. Fergusson D.N. Shukla have contributed to the field of Indian art with highly informative and learned articles touching upon various salient features of ancient Indian architecture. Following their footsteps the present author has taken up the task to focus on some of the popular themes as they are treated in our Sanskrit texts and related with constructions of residential buildings and temples. Emphasis has been given in the present treatise on a few important aspects of temple architecture. In this book an attempt has been made to acquaint the readers with the rich heritage of Indian Vastusastra its development and relation if any with the existing remains of early buildings. The present work is distributed over 15 chapters and is annexed by five appendixes written by K.R. Pisharoti, P.K. Acharya and Gurudas Sarkar.
I am thankful to Dr. Anasuya Bhowmik of the Asiatic Society Kolkata for supplying me with some suggestion related to the rich heritage of Indian architecture. Thanks are due to publisher for taking initiative in bringing out the present work.
I am thankful to Prof. S.R. Banerjee for helping me in many ways for making the book a perfect one.
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