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Agama Shastra And Temple Worship

The Hindu temples are complex institutions. They represent the culmination of social and religious aspirations of a society. Temple is the focal point in the life of a community; and, often represents its pride, identity and unity. It is also the index of the community’s well-being.

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Temple Architecture

Devalaya Vastu

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Agama Shastra and Temple Worship
April 2021

The Agama literature includes the Shilpa- Shastra, which covers architecture and iconography. The aspects of temple construction are dealt in Devalaya Vastu; and, Prathima deals with the iconography. Sometimes, the term Shipa is also used to denote the art of sculpting; but , here Shipa refers to the practice of the technique; while Shastra refers to its principles.

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Temple Architecture - Devalaya Vastu
April 2021

The Indian temple is not a building; it is an image, a conception of divinity. While it is both natural and necessary for the image to be projected into a spatial arrangement and concretized by a structural movement, the image does not depend upon such activities for its continuance.

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Devalaya Vastu - Temple and Township
April 2021

Before we proceed further, let us briefly discuss the concept of the Vastu Purusha Mandala.

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Devalaya - Vastu Purusha Chinthane
April 2021

elevation plan of Kailash temple is Plate LXXX11 from the book “Cave temples of India” by Ferguson, James and James Burgess (Thanks to Dr.JB Ratti).

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