V. Ganapati Sthapati

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Vaidyanatha[1] 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
Ganapathi sthapathi 2014-04-27 08-33.JPG
Pillayarpatti, near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India
DiedSeptember 5, 2011 (age 84)[2]
Known forArchitect, temple builder, sculptor, author
Notable workArchitecture and Sculpture
MovementFounded the "Vaastu Vedic Trust" and "Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation" for the development and globalization of Vaastu Shastra.
AwardsPadma Bhushan


Conception for Iraivan Temple, Kauai, Hawaii, by V. Ganapati Sthapati

Sthapati was born in 1927 to sculptor Vaidyanatha Sthapati and Velammal in Pillayarpatti, a village near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India.[citation needed]

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." [3] He also began a small University - American University of Mayonic Science and Technology to teach the authentic Vaastu Shastras. He appointed Dr. Jessie Mercay as Chancellor and professor.


Architecture and Sculpture
Thiruvalluvar Statue and the adjacent Vivekananda Rock Memorial at sunrise

Sthapati served as architect for several buildings and sculptures, including the following:


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.

Books he has authored include Iconometry, Temples of Space Science: The Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda[7] and Commentary on Mayan's Aintiram.[8]


Sthapati has earned a number of titles and awards, including Padma Bhushan in 2009.[9][10]



Subramaniam, T.S. (20 February 2009). "Sculpting a success story". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 August 2010.


  1. ^ Variations of the name "Vaidyanatha" which have been observed in the literature include: Vaithyanadhan, Vaithyanatha, and Vaithyanathan.
  2. ^ ibnlive.in
  3. ^ "Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati". Vaastu Vijnani Dr. Ganapati Sthapati. Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati & Associates. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Temple History". Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. p. 1. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Other Projects". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Other notable projects in overseas Countries". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  7. ^ Sthapati, V. Ganapati (2004). The Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda. Dakshinaa. ASIN B0006E8WGY.
  8. ^ Sabharathnam, S.P. (1997). Mayan's Aintiram : With Tamil texts of Mayan and paraphrasing with English translation. Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation. ASIN B000P6J8SY.
  9. ^ "List of Padma awardees 2009". The Hindu. 26 January 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Press & Media". Vaastu Shastra. Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapati & Associates. Retrieved 27 August 2010.

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