Mānasāra

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Mānasāra Architecture, town planning, building construction, iconography and allied topics were well-known to the Hindus right from the most ancient times. The epics and the purāṇas contain innumerable references to the same. One of the most standard works containing a well-organised body of this knowledge (called Śilpaśāstra) is the Mānasāra of an unknown author. As available now, the book has 70 chapters and 10,000 lines in Sanskrit. It goes into great detail about all aspects of architecture, townplanning and icono¬graphy, including casting of images in metals. Sixteen types of village and town plans are described. The original work might have been composed during the Gupta period (A. D. 320-525). The extant (redacted version) work probably belongs to 11th to 15th centuries.