Some Resources on Indian Architecture
Archived from http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/george/.
The original page had a bunch of resources unrelated to Indian Architecture which I have deleted since those were NOT of interest to me.
All materials copyright Patrick George formerly at UPenn. That said, according to a note on the original website:
Patrick George's creative website regarding architecture in South Asia
remains a useful and informative resource. Unfortunately, we have no
idea where the author now is or how to make contact with him.
As in the early stages of all architectural projects, the documents in this
scaffold are currently under construction, if not also design. The following is
a brief synopsis of their contents and conditions:
The lower level of the scaffold is devoted to Indian architecture in its various
aspects, a subject that provides both the continually developing foundation for
my own research in architectural history and theory, and a counterpoint to the
western architecture above.
- sabha: Meetings Halls
Due to a lack of archaeological evidence for these secular structures, they
must be reconstructed from sculptural reliefs and textual sources. The images
for this subject have been scanned but the html document is still under
- vedi: Vedic Altars
To a great extent, the information in this section of the scaffold has been
extracted from chapter 2 of my dissertation, on the
ritual foundations of Indian temple architecture.
- prasada: Indian temples
This html document, currently under construction, is intended is intended to
provide a general introduction to the topic of North Indian temple architecture.
For more detail, particularly on temple construction, see my dissertation.
- yantra: Hindu Tantric Diagrams
The information on yantras here primarily derives from a paper entitled
"Illustrating Occluded Realms: Tantric Geometry and the Approximation of
Perfection" that I presented for the topic "Tantra Occluded: The Unrecognized
Role of Tantra in Asian Culture," held at the annual meeting of the Society for
Tantric Studies, Menlo Park, California, May 28-31, 1992.
- mandala: Buddhist Tantric Diagrams
This study of mandalas is based in part on a course in the construction of the
five mandalas of the Vajrakilaya tradition that I attended at Namgyal Tantric
College, Dharamsala, India, in 1991, and on observation of mandala construction
by various groups of Buddhist monks in India and the United States.