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Samarangana Sutradhara of Bhojadeva (Paramara ruler of Dhara): An Ancient Treatise on Architecture; 2 Volumes / Sharma, Sudarshan Kumar (Tr.)
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Samarangana Sutradhara of Bhojadeva (Paramara ruler of Dhara): An Ancient Treatise on Architecture; 2 Volumes
Sharma, Sudarshan Kumar (Tr.)
 
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  Book ID : 32497
  ISBN-10 : 81-7110-302-2 / 8171103022
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-7110-302-7 / 9788171103027
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2012
  Edition : (Second Edition)
  Language : Sanskrit & English
  An introduction, Sanskrit text, verse by verse English translation and notes; x+567p., vii+569p., Abb., 25 cm. (First Edition pub. in 2008) (Parimal Sanskrit Series No. 91)
   
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 CONTENTS
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CONTENTS:-

Volume 1:
1. Mahasamagamana (The Insurgence of Mahasama (Prthivi)
2. The conversation between Visvakarma and his sons (Manasa Putras)
3. Prasna i.e. A Questionnaire
4. The creation of the Mahat etc. (The Description of Creation)
5. Bhuvana-kosa
6. Sahadevadhikara (Bhavana Janma Katha)
7. The Segregation of Varnas and Asramas (The order of Society & the stages of life)
8. Bhumi Pariksa
9. Hasta Laksanam
10. The founding of a city
11. Vastu-traya Vibhaga (The Division of Triad of Architectural Establishments)
12. The determination of the Nadis and Siras or Siras
13. Marma Vedha (The obstruction regarding the vulnerable points i.e. precautions against vulnerable points in Architectural structure)
14. The decision regarding the glossary of words (in respect) of deities or gods and the variety of limbs of the House God or the gods permeating the limbs of the House God (Vastupurusa)
15. Rajanivesah (The planning of the Kings' Abode)
16. Vana Pravesa (The wood supply or timer requirements)
17. The observations on the Indra's Banner (marking Indra's victory over the asuras - a symbolic illustration of victory of good over evil)
18. The nomenclature of Nagara or Town and the like
19. The Illustration of Catussala i.e. square round buildings or four apartmented building or four chambered houses
20. Fruits of the designation of Samghaaaa, the three chambered and two chambered houses, the fruit of the auspicious houses, the fruit of balconies or the good effects of balconies and the names of Chattra and the likes. The fruit of the high and low landed buildings
21. Fruits of the designation of Samghaaaa, the three chambered and two chambered houses, the fruit or the auspicious houses, the fruit of balconies or the good effects of balconies and the names of Chattra and the likes. The fruit of the high and low landed buildings.
22. The definition of two chambered houses
23. The Definition of single chambered houses
24. The definition of door, pedestal, wall, measurements, the art of wood planking and defective or deficient buildings
25. The enumeration of the number of all the houses
26. About Income and Expenditure
27. Sabhasaakam (Eight Assemblies)
28. The extends of the household materials
29. Sayanasana Laksana
30. Rajagrha (The King's Palace)
31. Named Yantravidhanam (Dealing with the Preparation of Mechanical Contrivances)
32. The Elephant Stud or Equery for Tuskers
33. The Equery of Steeds
34. Practicable and impracticable materials
35. The Rite named the laying of Foundation Stones
36. The Offering of Bali to the Gods
37. Kilaka Sutrapata (the insertion of nails and threads)
38. Vastusamsthana matrka
39. The defects and merits of doors or qualities and disqualification's of doors and gates
40. The Measurement of a Pedestal or Basement
41. Cayavidhih - The edifice laying
42. The Ritual of Propitiatory Rites
43. The Fruit of the damage in a door
44. The definition of Eight Components
45. The definition of Eight components
46. Toranabhangadi Santikah (The pacificatory Rite on the collapse of an arched portal)
47. The pre-requisites of a Vedi
48. The observations on the defects of building constructions
49. The definition of Prasadas such as Rucaka
50. The good and bad indication of Prasadas

Volume 2:
51. The Foundation of shrines
52. The specific names of the Prasadas
53. The Inferior Gates of the Buildings
54. The measurement of the doors of the Prasadas
55. The Illustration of sixty four Prasadas headed by Rucaka
56. The Illustration of sixty four Prasadas headed by Rucaka
57. A twenty counting of Meru and others
58. The panegyric of palaces
59. The Definition of vimanas amounting sixty four
60. The Definition of Thirty six Prasadas headed by Sri Kuta
61. Pitha Pancaka Laksanam
62. The definition of Dravida Prasadas
63. Meru and others Vimsika nagara prasadas (the twenty town buildings of the norm of Meru)
64. The Pre-requisites of Prasadas such as Digbhadra
65. The Illustration of Prasadas sprung over the Earth
66. The Definition of a Mandapa i.e. a Pavilion
67. The definition of 27 pavilions (Mandapas)
68. The allocation of specific parts to the land
69. Features of 39 kinds of Jagati
70. The illustration of images on the pedestal of a Siva phallus
71. "Cittrodesa" The Painting Art
72. Bhumibandha (Seasoning of the wall of painting)
73. Lepyakarma and the like (moulding, making models) or plastering
74. Andaka Pramana parabola and the measurement specified for the drawings for the human ace
75. Origination of the measurement of a sketch (Manotpattih)
76. Description of Idols
77. The definition or signs of the provision of weapons and forms of gods and the like
78. The signification of signs of the provision of weapons and forms of gods and the like
79. The sings of straight and suitable spots of Installation
80. Vaisnavadisthanalaksana (the illustration of installation of Vaisnava and the like)
81. The Illustration of Five Robots men and women
82. The observation on the pre-requisites of sentiments
83. The definition of sixty four Hastas such as Pataka

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 DESCRIPTION
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Sri Bhojadeva was first and foremost a man of great learning, a versatile scholar, a polymath indeed, for he has been credited with works in almost every branch of knowledge. According to Ajada who wrote a commentary named Padakaprakasa on Sarasvati Kanthabharana, Bhoja wrote 84 works giving them names with his own titles and binds.

Of the various works ascribed to him, Samarangana Sutradhara is a voluminous treatise, an architectural masterpiece, dealing with technical subject such as town planning, house architecture, temple architecture and sculptural subjects like Pratima Laksana, Iconography, Iconometry, Iconoplastic art together with Mudras, the different hand poses and the poses of the body as well as the postures of legs. It deals with the canons of painting and devotes a big chapter to the art of mechanical contrivances, the yantras.

Samarangana Sutradhara is in eighty three chapters with chapter thirty one specialising in the mechanical contrivances and yantras, having verses 95-100 dealing with construction bird shaped aerial cars and verses 101-107 dealing with the Robots meant to act as guards.

This is the first time that an English translation of this great architectural work has been attempted with various annotations and the complete original Sanskrit text. This is definitely a landmark in the field of ancient Indian architecture.

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