Drāvida Temples in the Samarānganasūtradhāra

  title={Drāvida Temples in the Samarānganasūtradhāra},
  author={Adam Hardy},
  journal={South Asian Studies},
  pages={41 - 62}
  • A. Hardy
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Art
  • South Asian Studies
The relationship to actual practice of the vastusastras (or vastusastras) and s'ilpas'dstras, the canonical Indian texts on architecture and sculpture, is a complex one. Scholarly attitudes to these texts range between an uncritical assumption that, traditionally, these texts set the rules for making buildings and sculptures, thereby holding the key to understanding them, and complete denial of their utility, on the basis that they were probably composed by Brahmans who were cut off from… 
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The Samarāṅganasūtradhāra: Themes and Context for the Science of Vāstu*
The Samarāṅganasūtradhāra is an encyclopedic work, attributed by tradition to King Bhoja of the Paramāra dynasty. It collects a vast number of subjects under the general heading of vāstu, a term that
The Karnata-Dravida temple tradition flourished and evolved for 700 years. The evolution of the typology was demonstrated through the structure. However, as the Shastras or ancient texts proclaim,


Royal Asiatic Society 1834). 2 Exceptions are the reconstructions of three plans from the Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra by Stella Kramrisch in The Hindu Temple (Calcutta: University of Calcutta
  • Ram Raz, Essay on the Architecture of the Hindus 251; and the two elevational diagrams by Bruno Dagens in Mayamata: an Indian Treatise on Housing, Architecture and Iconography 144, 139. Mention should also be made of the drawings in P. K. Acharya's works on the South Asian Studies
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