The building of pavilions in front of the temples ||65||
1The Lord said: I shall describe the mode of building pavilions (in front of temples) and their maintenance. The vdstuyaga (rite performed to please the spirits dwelling in a site) should be performed after having tested the ground (intended for building pavilion).
2Having constructed pavilion as per one’s liking, one should install (the images of) gods according to his wish. (Such buildings) should not be constructed at the junction of four roads or at a deserted place in the village.
3Such a builder being free from sins and raising his ancestors (to heaven), enjoys in heaven. One should build a seven storeyed building for Lord Hari (Vishnu) in the following way.
4The same rule holds good in the building of other (temples of gods), as in the case of erecting the mansions of kings. The banner should be placed in the east. The edifice should be built as a quadrilateral without (having any walls on) the diagonal lines.
5-7The building should have three or two chambers or one chamber. The vyaya should not be much. Excessive vyaya is deemed to be harmful. Excessive aya is also harmful. Hence the two should be made equal. (The priest) well-versed in the science of Garga (vastusastra), should sum up the hand measures of building and multiply it by eight. It should be multiplied by three and the resultant product should be divided by eight and the remainder is known as vyaya.
8Alternatively, having divided the sum of the hand measures of the building by three and multiplying it by eight the resultant is known as the dhvaja (banner) etc.
9Banner, camel, lion, dog, bull, donkey, elephant and crow are said to be eight ayas.
10It is commended if we have three after leaving the north and east in houses having three storeys. Together with the building on the opposite side there will always be two buildings in the south.
11One-storeyed building may be had in the south or there may be two one-storeyed buildings in the west. The other kinds of buildings cause fear.
12-13A four-storeyed building devoid of all defects is always commended. One may build a mansion having one-storey or seven-storeys without the door, platform and moulding. The mansions of the images of gods should be consecrated in the prescribed way for the gods.
14-23The hall should be consecrated with the ceremonies as described (for the installation of an image). The consecrator should bathe in the herbal waters and becoming pure and alert should feed brahmins with sweets. He should then enter the hall decked with pitchers and arches, with his hand placed on the back of a cow, and after having wished prosperity to the brahmins. The householder should then enter the house after having honoured the astrologers. The following mantra of prosperity should be repeated. “Om, O Mother Earth! related to Vasistha! you rejoice with the Vasus (semi-divine beings) and people. Glory be to the daughter of Bhargava (Sukra the preceptor of demons), the giver of success to her offspring’s. The accomplished goddess f relative of Angiras! You grant me my heart’s desire. O auspicious one! related to (sage) Kasyapa! make my intellect good. Endowed with all herbs! Surrounded by all gems and herbs f Shining one! Joyous one! related to Vasistha! May you amuse here! Daughter of Prajapati (Brahman)! O Goddess J Handsome in all parts! Noble-minded! Beautiful one! The strict observer of disciplines! One who is related to Kasyapa f May you enjoy in this house! O Adored by the great preceptors! Adorned with perfumes and garlands! Bestower of prosperity!O Goddess! Daughter of Bhargava I May you amuse in this house! The primordial element! The inexplicable one! Accomplished! O daughter of sage Angiras! O Goddess of bricks! I establish you. You confer on me my desires! One surrounded by the lords of regions, place and the house! You be furtherer of men, wealth, elephant, horse and cow.