VṚTTA SPHUṬITAM

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          There are so many elements prescribed in Vāstu scriptures to decorate a Vimāna. Such an element is Vṛtta sphuṭa. The definition of the same is prescribed in Kāmikāgama as एवं कुम्भलता प्रोक्ता वृत्तस्फुटितमुच्यते षडष्टदशभिर्भानुमनुवैकारमात्रकैः  ११९ व्यासतारार्धनिष्क्रान्ता द्वित्र्यंशं वा द्विभागिकम् वृत्ताकारं समं चेत्तु तोरणाङ्घ्रिवदायतम्  १२० सकन्धरं तदूर्ध्वे तु शुकनास्या विभूषितम् वृत्तस्फुटितमत्रोक्तं द्युस्थसद्मविभूषितम्  १२१           The…

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KAPOTA PAÑJARA FROM DĀDĀPURAM

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          Kāmikāgama while explaining the types of Pañjaras, explains the following pañjaras. तस्यादौ सिंहसंज्ञकम् सार्धपञ्जरमन्यत्स्यात्तृतीयं पञ्जरं मतम्  १३२ निर्यूहपञ्जरं पश्चात्पञ्चमं लम्बनासिकम् सिंहश्रोत्रं तु षष्ठं स्यात्खण्डनिर्यूहकं ततः  १३३ झषपञ्जरमन्यत्स्यात्तासां लक्षणमुच्यते The Pañjaras are classified as Siṃha Pañjara, Sārdha Pañjara, Pañjara, Nirvyūha Pañjara, Lambanāsika, Siṃha śrotra, Khaṇḍa nirvyūhaka and Jhaṣa Pañjara. The definition of these Pañjaras are…

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PADMAMĀLIKĀ

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          The compound like structure around the temple complex is termed as “Mālikā” in the scriptures. While defining the term Mālikā, Kāmikāgama gives the following explanation.           शालायामपि शालाङ्गा निष्क्रान्ताननशोभिता।       सा शाला मालिका ज्ञेया शास्त्रेस्मिन् कामिकाह्वये।।       Part of a śālā with beautifully projected front portion is termed as “Mālikā” in this scripture with…

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KHAṆḌA HARMYAS OF RĀJASIṂHA

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          Rājasiṃha pallava, embodiment of innovative ideas encouraged sculptors to introduce innovative structures in the shrines built during his period. Kailāsanātha temple at Kāñcīpuram and Tālagirīśvara temple at Paṉaimalai are the excellent examples of innovative structural wonders. Kaṇḍa harmyas are the components introduced in these temples which are not seen in any of the temple….

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