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The Vastuvidyasastra and Citrakarmasastra Ascribed to Manjusri (In 2 Volumes)

E.W. Marasinghe (Author)

The Manjusribhasita-Vastuvidyasastra (also called Citrakarmasastra) is the only Sanskrit silpa text of its kind that has so far been found anywhere in India or Sri Lanka. Discovered some thirty years ago in a Buddhist temple in central Sri Lanka, the work exclusively deals with ancient Buddhist monastic architecture and the art of modeling clay images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and others, monastery. The work which the editor assigns to the period between the 5th and the 7th century A.C. is clearly a product of the Mahayana school, which has preserved a very early silpasastra tradition that obtained among the Mahayanists of ancient Sri Lanka.

The present volume includes the first part of the work dealing with monastic architecture, together with an introduction and a literal English translation. The work discusses the ground -plans of twenty- four different types of Buddhist monastery and gives detailed accounts of the architectural features of the five kinds of major edifice, i.e., prasada, bimabalaya, bodhivesman, sabhaand of certain minor edifices. It is hoped that this volume will serve as an invaluable source book for archarologists and research workers on Mahayanic monastic architecture of ancient Sri Lanka, particularly that which is represented by the so-called pabbatta-viharas now in ruins and lying scattered on the outskirts of the city of Anuradhapura.

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About the author

E.W. Marasinghe

Dr. E.W. Marasinghe holds a First Class Honours degree in Sanskrit from the University of London and a Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta. Presently he is Senior Assistant Librarian of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. The present work embodies the results of four years of research conducted by the author at the University of Calcutta for his doctoral thesis, as a Research Fellow under the Commonwealth Scholarships/Fellowships Programme. Besides Sanskrit theatre, hsi main fields of interest are Indian classical music and silpasastras. His next major research constitutes the editing and translating into english of a unique Sanskrit silpa text discovered some years ago in central Sri Lanka. This work entitled Vastuvidyasastra and ascribed to Bodhisattva Manjusri exclusively deals with mahayana monastic architecture of ancient Sri Lanka and is due to be released shorlty in Bibliotheca Indo Buddhica Series.

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Title The Vastuvidyasastra and Citrakarmasastra Ascribed to Manjusri (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1991
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
length 642p., 50 B/W Illustrations;8.5 inch X 5.5 inch