While reading the descriptions of Harappan constructions on-line, I thought that it followed some of the rules of Vasthu that I heard mentioned in discussions. Googling, gave me this link.
“Vasthu Sastra could have further evolved in Dholavira, which is a relic of a whole Harappan city, according to the Director of Archeological Survey of India, Y.S. Rawat, who has worked in Dholavira, one of the largest sites of Indus Valley civilisation in Kutch region of Gujarat.
“Having worked in Dholavira along with its then Project Director, R.S. Bisht, I have a strong feeling that the people of this region made best use of this ancient science,” said Mr. Rawat. It was Mr. Bisht who had done maximum work in Dholavira, Mr. Rawat added.
The location of Dholavira between two rivers, the shape of the site, directional alignment, geometrical shape of the houses, construction of the houses, the planning of the gates, the direction of the walls all indicate perfect use and understanding of Vasthu Sastra.
“Looking at the site of Dholavira, I have a strong feeling that Vasthu Sastra evolved in a big way in this Harappan site,” Mr. Rawat said.
The Vasthu Sastra dates back to the Vedic ages, it is composed of specific rules, regulations and directions set down by the sages of those times for the construction of the houses.
Mr. Rawat said the excellent water harvesting system, rock-cut reservoirs, the location of the graveyard, use of open spaces and other things point to the understanding of Harappan civilisation of Vasthu Sastra.
The water harvesting system also shows the hydraulic engineering skills of the Harappans, who converted the city walls into veritable reservoirs to preserve every drop of water, he said.
“An interesting point to note here is the existence of a citadel, middle town and lower town.
The citadel is the most secure place among them which is furnished with beautiful entrance on all four directions,” Rawat said adding that all these are in accordance with Vasthu Sastra.
The city is divided into 49 squares having perfect geometry and alignment. The houses were constructed using circular structures to withstand storm and sandblasts, he added.
On the basis of general evidence coming from Kutch and parts of Gujarat, it appears that the Harappans brought here their full-blown culture and lived almost a full life before their culture declined and fragmented causing large-scale migration from Kutch to the hinterland of Gujarat.
Of all the Harappan sites, the Dholavira locally known as Kotada in the Khadir island of Kutch stands apart.
It is remarkable for the magnificent planning and enormity of area and deposit. “
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