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Vastu Mandala Types and Properties – Gaurav Singhvi

Vastu Mandala Types and Properties – Gaurav Singhvi

Mandala types and properties

The 8×8 (64) grid Manduka Vastu Purusha Mandala layout for Hindu Temples. It is one of 32 Vastu Purusha Mandala grid patterns described in Vastu sastras. In this grid structure of symmetry, each concentric layer has significance.

The central area in all mandalas is the Brahmasthana. Mandala “circle-circumference” or “completion”, is a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in both Hinduism and Buddhism. The space occupied by it varies in a different mandala – in Pitha (9) and Upapitha (25), it occupies one square module, in Mahaapitha (16), Ugrapitha (36), and Manduka (64), four square modules, and in Sthandila (49) and Paramasaayika (81), nine square modules. The Pitha is an amplified Prithvimandala in which, according to some texts, the central space is occupied by the earth. The Sthandila mandala is used in a concentric manner.

A site of any shape can be divided using the Pada Vinyasa. Sites are known by the number of squares. They range from 1×1 to 32×32 (1024) square sites. Examples of mandalas with the corresponding names of sites include:[6]

  • Sakala (1 square) corresponds to Eka-pada (single divided site)
  • Pechaka (4 squares) corresponds to Dwi-pada (two divided sites)
  • Pitha (9 squares) corresponds to Tri-pada (three divided sites)
  • Mahaapitha (16 squares) corresponds to Chatush-pada (four divided sites)
  • Upapitha (25 squares) corresponds to Pancha-pada (five divided sites)
  • Ugrapitha (36 squares) corresponds to Shashtha-pada (six divided sites)
  • Sthandila (49 squares) corresponds to Sapta-pada (seven divided sites)
  • Manduka/ Chandita (64 squares) corresponds to Ashta-pada (eight divided sites)
  • Paramasaayika (81 squares) corresponds to Nava-pada (nine divided sites)
  • Aasana (100 squares) corresponds to Dasa-pada (ten divided sites)
  • Bhadrmahasan (196 squares) corresponds to Chodah-pada (14 divided sites)

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