Vastu, List of ancient books,


The Sanskrit word vastu means existing or abiding substance or essence, thing, object,wealth, property”. The vriddhi, vāstu takes the meaning of “the site or foundation of a house, site, ground, building or dwelling-place, habitation, homestead, house”. The underlying root is vas “to dwell, live, stay, abide”.

The term shastra may loosely be translated as “science, doctrine, teaching”.
Vastu shastras include

Manasara Silpa Shastra (by Manasara),Mayamatam (by Maya),
Visvakarma Vastushastra (by Visvakarma),Samarangana Sutradara
(by Raja Bhoja),Aparajita Priccha (a dialogue between
Viswakarma and his son Aparajita, written by Bhuvanadevacharya)
Other treatises such as Agni Purana and works by Kautilya and Sukracharya are not popular even though they preceded the previously mentioned documents. Distinction of style exists due to each document’s place of origin. Mayamata and Mansara Silpa Shastra are considered Dravidian because they are from south India whereas Visvakarama Vastu Shastra is considered Indo-Aryan due to its north Indian origin.

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