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... parts of an edifice , its ornaments , pedestals , bases , pillars , entablatures , & c
.; the various sorts of temples , consisting of from one to twelve stories high ; the
construction of mantapas or porticoes , gates , and doorways , palaces , & c .
The fifteenth chapter of the Mánasára treats of the several sorts of pillars , their
various dimensions , forms , and ornaments , as does likewise the ninth section of
the Cásyapa : the two together seem to afford all the requisite information on this
Various names are given to pillars , by way of distinction , with regard to their
forms : “ A square pillar is called brahmacánta ; an octangular one , vishnucánta ;
that which is circular or has sixteen sides , rudracánta ; that which has five sides ...
A whole page after this is employed in enumerating the various sorts of gifts and
donations to be made to the artists on the completion of an edifice , and finally in
denouncing dire misfortunes to those who withhold such presents from them .
Various denominations are next given to gópuras , such as srícara , ravicánta ,
sawmya , vijaya , visálaca , & c . , and their characteristic ornaments described
with too much minutenesss to be here detailed ; and to these succeeds a no less
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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.