Category: Bharatiya Shilpa Vyavastha

  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha (Part 9)

    Based on the design of the ‘Garbha Griha’ (The Sanctum Sanctorum – the innermost sanctuary of the temple where the idol is established) there are 3 types of temples. 

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha (Part 8)

    Hence a Devalaya (Temple) was planned with so many considerations and not just as a Prayer Hall or just a Religious Place. Devalayas were places beyond just the site plan and the site plan was made to suit these uses, yet most of the Devalayas had a mysterious element associated with them too, like in…

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 5

    Vaastu for living This is an introduction to Vaastu as it was applied for residential places. It is an insight into what was the original science behind Vaastu, which is very different from the “Directional Vaastu” as is practised currently. “Vaastu Consultants” in the present-day, stick to only the directional principles of Vaastu forgetting almost…

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 4

    General Introduction to Shilpa Vyavastha 36. Ratna Pareeksha: Ratna Parreksha describes how to identify the nine gems and make jewellery. 37. Ratna Sangraha: This scripture contains chapters on gemmology and Jewellery making.  38. Laghu Ratna Pareeksha: Laghu Ratna Pareeksha contains the details about jewellery making and lapidary (Cutting and Polishing of gems). This treatise is…

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 3

    General Introduction to Shilpa Vyavastha 6. Agni Purana covers Murthy Vidhya (iconography). Like the encyclopaedic nature of any Purana, the Agni Purana too contains many topics apart from the main storyline which have been documented. 7. Brahmanda Purana covers mostly architecture, some sections on arts and certain crafts too. Like the encyclopaedic nature of any Purana…

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 2

    General Introduction to Shilpa Vyavastha It was the year 1982, that we were visiting Belur and Halebidu – the ancient temple sites of Belur Chennakeshava a Vaishnavaite temple and Halebidu Hoysaleshwara a Shaivite temple. I was marvelling at the architecture and the carvings. We didn’t have ‘Smartphones’ in those days and a camera was a…

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  • Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 1

    Bharathiya Shilpa Vyavastha : Part 1

    Aesthetic architecture, Simple Civil Engineering, Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Construction An Introduction to the Shilpa Vyavastha of Bharata Before commencing this blog, I would like to express my sincere gratitude, Sashtaanga Namaskarams and Pranamas at the lotus feet of my dearest Late Shri Ravindra Sharmaji(Guruji) of Kala Ashram, Adilabad, Telengana, Bharata for inspiring my quest for…

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