Shilpa Shastras

Shilpa Shastras literally means the Science of Shilpa – Arts, Crafts and Architecture. It is an ancient umbrella term for numerous Dharmic texts that describe arts, crafts, and their design rules, principles and standards. In the context of temple design, Shilpa Shastras were manuals for sculpture and Dharmic iconography, prescribing among other things, the proportions of a sculptured figure, composition, …