Photographer's Note

This is the northwest segment of the courtyard showing the pool and stairway upwards. According to the vastu shastra, a dwelling place is to be understood as a human shrine. In Sanskrit, vastu is a dwelling along with its surrounding land. Shastra refers to teachings or science conerning the proper way to design a home, temple or other dwelling.

The central courtyard is equivalent to the lungs in the human body. Associated with Lord Brahma, it should be kept open to the sky so as to maintain contact with outer space. Religious and cultural events may be held here e.g. fire rituals, music and dance performances, and marriages. Central courtyards are a feature of much Indian architecture - a prime example being the havelis of Shekawati.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-11-26
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-11 3:47
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