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The next thing of seeming importance treated of by Hindú architects, is the mode
of ascertaining the cardinal points by means of a gnomon. It is indispensably
necessary that all the quarters should be distinctly and precisely marked on the
Points are marked in the circumference where the shadow of the gnomon
projects, both in the forenoon and afternoon, that ... and between these points a
right line is drawn so as to join them; the point marked by the morning shadow
will shew ...
The interval between the times at which the western and eastern points were
marked on the preceding day is ... given time; it will then be only necessary to
remove the eastern or western point so far towards the south or north, according
as the ...
Then remove the eastern point so many angulas, &c. according as the sun is in
the south or north latitude; by this means all the points of the compass may be
rectified.” Passing over several sections of the Mánasāra which are not
A tank or reservoir should be constructed either on the south or north side, or
near either of these two points, for ablutionary and culinary purposes.” “The
village called Nandyāvartta, is either square or oblong. It is divisible into as many
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Ram Raz: Essay on the Architecture of the Hindús / by Rám Ráz. - London : Parker, 1834. - xiv, 64 S. : Ill. - (Oriental Translation Fund) Die bibliographische Beschreibung im Haupteintrag ist unzureichend und irreführend.