His name and fame pervades the entire literature of Indian classic history. In fact, our Indian spiritual culture is rooted in the very science and technology propounded by him called the Vaastu Shastras. The many architectural and sculptural grandeur of ancient India bespeaks of this science that have gone into their making and bows in a placid tone to this outstanding scientist ofIndia, who has put forth the supreme formulae of their making. Our ancient literature, right from Ashtadhyayi of Panini to many world literature; the Indian traditional art forms of music, dance, and poetry; the traditional sciences of Ayurveda, artillery, vessel making, jewellery making etc. imbibed the unique / grammar put forth by this son of Indian soil, making them unique and instilling them with a spiritually elevating aesthetics. And with all this to his credit, he still remains behind the mysterious shrouds. He is none other than the Divine Architect, Scientist, technical wizard, poet and tradition builder, by name Mamuni Mayan, mention of whom is profusely found in the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the Tamil epic of Silappathikaram, Manimekalai, Jeevaka Chintamani etc. He has authored the work titled Aintiram dealing with science of Indian cosmology and vibrational theory of the cosmic consciousness, which creates various life forms in this universe.Also the credit of authoring the first ever Vedic literature, called the Pranava Veda long before the widely known four Vedas of Rik, Yajur, Sarna & Atharvana" goes to Mamuni Mayan. Apart from his 12 treatises on science and technology of various art, architecture, sculpture, medicines etc. he has also authored the first-ever text on astronomy called the Surya Siddhanta, as also the architectural text of Mayamata Vastu Shastra and Aindra Matam.
Hailing from the southern part of the world, where thrived the Asuras, who excelled both in intellectual and physical prowess,Mayan was called Mayasura, who later came to be known as Mayendran. The word Aintiram does not take:its coinage from the word Indra,but in fact refers to the five creative aspects of the cosmos. In Tamil' Aintu' stands for five. The five aspects are the primany source of creation (moolam), the vibration factor leading to creation or the Time factor (kalam), the order inherent in the vibration(seelam) form emerging from the primary source through the vibration (kolam) and finally the end result being the form emerging from the primary source through the vibration (kolam) and finally the end result being the all –encompassing universe. Even today, the names Mayendran, Surendran, Rajendran etc are popular in S.India especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu.
Given below are excerpts from an article by Prof.R.R.Karnik, Engineer and Researcher from Pune titled, '~\mhG!" ~:- Sciences", that appeared in Deccan Herald dated Sept. 29, 2003. "The originator of all these ancient sciences is one' known as Mayasura of the same tribe that constructed the mayasabha ofMahabharata. But the period is that ofRamayana some 16,OOO}years , ago.He is the father of Mandodari and father-in-law ofRavana. One ofhis niece was Sita, who had married Rama and an error of judgement started the epic war. He was master in many subjects. Some of these are: Vastu Shastra, ]yotirganita-Surya Siddhanta, Aintiram, high se,2 ",; .s cartography, fundamental physics, the Brahma principle, the yogashastra ete. His contribution to Aesthetics is included ::'" -~, mentioned above, which was highly appreciated by late ProfBarlinge."
As historical and astronomical datings prove, the first Sangham or Tamil Literature Academy took place in a place called Then Madhurai some 10,000 years ago and it was in this Sangham that Mayan released his work Aintiram in the august court of King Nilantharu Thiruvil Pandiyan. Then Madurai was part of Kumari Kandam (now the lost continent of Lemuria),located in the sprawling island , of Jamboo Dweepa/ Naavalantheevu, which extended from south ofIndia to Africa in the west,Australia in the East and Antarctica in the South. The whole of this place formed the then Bharata Varsha. Further due to continental deluges and engulfing of: landmasses by the seas this landmass got separated forming the continents of India, S.Africa, Australia and part of America. This accounts for the remnants of Bharatiya culture being found in various parts of the world, like Mexico, Babylonia, Guatemala, Egypt etc..the Maayan -culture of Mexico, as per studies by Dr. Sthapati, also belong to the Mayonic tradition, explicit in their art and architecture.
Today, the Shilpi community of India, the successors of Mamuni Mayan (called the Viswakaramas) are the custodians of this Mayonic culture of the Bharata Varsha, remaining in the form ofVaastu-Shilpa and Agama Shastras, which have surpassed the onslaughts of time and nature. In these treatises lie the true science of the Indian spiritual culture. Being the followers of the Mlayonic tradition., the Viswakarmas have come to be called as the aboriginal creative tribe of India to whom is attributed the many temples and sculptura: bounties that we come across the length and breadth of India.