V. Ganapati Sthapati
Vaidyanatha Ganapati Sthapati (1927 – 5 September 2011) was a Sthapati ( temple architect and builder ) and head of the College of Architecture and Sculpture in the Vastu Shastra tradition ascribed to the sage Mamuni Mayan.
|V. Ganapati Sthapati|
Pillayarpatti, near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India
|Died||September 5, 2011 (age 84)
|Known for||Architect, temple builder, sculptor, author|
|Notable work||Architecture and Sculpture|
|Movement||Founded the "Vaastu Vedic Trust" and "Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation" for the development and globalization of Vaastu Shastra.|
Sthapati attended Dr. Alagappa Chettiar College, Karaikudi, and graduated with a degree in mathematics. After his graduation, he became a Sthapati at Palani Murugan Temple, Palani, Tamil Nadu, India. He resigned this post after the death of his father, who had served as principal of the School of Architecture and Sculpture at Mamallapuram from 1957 to 1960. He succeeded his father as the Principal of the Government College of Architecture and Sculpture, TN, India.
From the 1980s, Sthapati campaigned to restore and elevate the status of traditional Hindu architecture in modern Indian society, by affiliating courses to the University of Madras and offering degree courses, bringing about a revival of Vastu Shastra.
After retirement from government service, he established the Vaastu Vedic Trust and the Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation, aimed at research, development, and globalization of Vaastu Shastra. He is also the head of the professional guild named "V. Ganapati Sthapati & Associates."
Dr. Sthapati initiated the development of The American University of Mayonic Science and Technology as an authorized institution to teach this body of knowledge in the western world. He appointed Dr. Jessie J. Mercay as Chancellor.
Architecture and Sculpture
Sthapati served as architect for several buildings and sculptures, including the following:
- Sculpture of Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar—Thiruvalluvar Statue at the southern tip of India at Kanyakumari, TN, India (measuring 133 feet (40.5 m) in elevation).
- Design and Construction of University buildings including the Administrative block and library for Tamil University in Tanjore.
- Design and Construction of Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, TN, India.
- The Rajagopuram of Sri Ramar Temple and Sri Ganesh Shiva Durga Temple at The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago complex Lemont, Illinois, USA.
- Sri Murugan Temple, Nadi-Fiji islands.
- The San Marga Iraivan Temple, Kauai, Hawaii.
- Granite sculpture of the Madhavi—heroine of the Tamil epic Silappathikaram, erected in an Art Gallery in Poompuhar, Chennai, TN, India.
- Projects in India and other countries.
Sthapati has authored a number of books on the science and technology of Vastu Shastra and has conducted numerous seminars.
- Building architecture of Stha-patya Veda. Dakshinaa Pub. House. 2005.
- The scientific edifice of Brihadeeswara temple, Tanjore Tamilnadu. Chennai, India: Dakshinaa Pub. House. OCLC 297209860.
- Significance of vimānam & gopuram. Chennai, India: Dakshinaa Pub. House. OCLC 297209865.
133-foot-tall sculpture (40.5 m.) of the Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar Statue, in Kanyakumari, India.
Valluvar Kottam, designed and constructed by V. Ganapati Sthapati, in Chennai, India
Artist's conception for Iraivan Temple, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Subramaniam, T.S. (20 February 2009). "Sculpting a success story". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- Variations of the name "Vaidyanatha" which have been observed in the literature include: Vaithyanadhan, Vaithyanatha, and Vaithyanathan.
- "Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati". Vaastu Vijnani Dr. Ganapati Sthapati. Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "Temple History". Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. p. 1. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "Other Projects". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "Other notable projects in overseas Countries". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- Sthapati, V. Ganapati (2004). The Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda. Dakshinaa. ASIN B0006E8WGY.
- Sabharathnam, S.P. (1997). Mayan's Aintiram : With Tamil texts of Mayan and paraphrasing with English translation. Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation. ASIN B000P6J8SY.
- "List of Padma awardees 2009". The Hindu. 26 January 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- "Press & Media". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
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