Unification of the Saivaite & Vaishnavaite cult through temple architecture
Far from being highly successful in his career as a Sthapati, Dr. Ganapati Sthapati has also some unique credentials that add more glitter to his crown. Through his unique but purely tradition-oriented concept of Temple architecture, he has revolutionized the conventional principles in the Hindu religion, characterised by the existence of the Saiva and Vaishnavite groups, with both of them worshipping separately at the Siva and Vishnu temples. This division of the religion which was deep-rooted in Hinduism since several centuries got a turnaround with Dr.Sthapati’s concept of Shiva Vishnu Temple where the presiding deities of Shiva and Vishnu are roofed under the same temple, that too within a single enclosure adorned with one Rajagopuram. As stated by Dr.Sthapati, the Pratima-mana-lakshana of Vaastu Shastras prescribe 124 time-space units for both Shiva and Vishnu idols showing the unified concept of the two supreme deities of Hindu pantheon. He has designed and constructed a Shiva Vishnu Temple in his home town of Chennai apart from 3 huge temples in the States of Miami, St.Louis, and Washington DC USA. The Indians of America have honoured him by felicitating him with the titles, ‘Viswakarma Jagadguru’, ‘Pranava Vedi’ and ‘Vaastu Vijnani’ for bringing about this unification, not even attempted by any of the religious vanguards.
Establishment of a Governmental institution for traditional architecture & sculpture
In the 1950s the tradition of Shilpa Shastra, and the shilpis were in a state of jeopardy, leading a hand to mouth existence in their little settlements scattered all over Tamil Nadu. The exceptional science and wisdom inherent in their profession was also lying buried, unnoticed. This situation changed with the establishment of the Govt. College of Architecture and Sculpture, Mamallapuram, in the year 1957, the initiatives taken by Silpakalasagaram Sri.M.Vaidyantha Sthapati (father of Sri.Ganapati Sthapati) and Dr.Sthapati himself. Within the four walls of the College, the tradition of the Shilpa Shastra was safely preserved and elevated to the academic status. Today the College is the one and only Governmental institution for the teaching and promotion of the traditional architecture and sculpture in the whole of Asia and it has ever since its inception produced number of graduate Sthapatis, who are involved in the activities of Temple design, construction and renovation all over the world, thus keeping the tradition alive.
Propogation and promotion of the traditional science and technology
Dr.Sthapati has made very earnest and sincere efforts for the propogation of the science and technology of the tradition of Vaastu Shastra. With the result, there has been a wide awareness about this science all over the world. The new generation is exposed to the significance and need of Vaastu based temples and buildings for a peaceful living, through the various Vaastu texts authored and published by Dr.Sthapati. Rather than confining only to his profession, he has made all out efforts, at this own cost for the conducting of Seminars, both at national and international levels and has even established the Institute of Mayonic Science and Technology, to teach the students from abroad. Through this institution he has produced devoted scholars and practitioners of Vaastu who are practising the sacred architecture across the world.
Trend-setter in Vaastu based residential architecture
For several centuries the common belief was that Vaastu was a religious science confined to the construction of temples and the creation of deities within it. But Dr.Sthapati through his scientific studies of Vaastu shastra has revealed the world that Vaastu is not only an architectural science but a science of the cosmology, which says that the whole world is the manifestation of the Supreme Space energy (Akasa). Accordingly, a human being enclosing this Akasa inside (inner spirit) and also a building enclosing the Space inside (built space) are treated as living bodies vibrating with energy. This concept applies equally for temples and buildings. This scientific explanation has revolutionised the Vaastu architecture and irrespective of caste and creed or country, people are now after building their houses and offices according to this science so as to lead a blissful life. As a rebuttal to the controversial statement that Vaastu applies only for spacious buildings of the ancient days, Dr.Sthapati has proved the universal and all-time applicability of this architectural principles through the launching of the Vaastu Sree Flats in Chennai, where four semi-independent units are built fully according to Vaastu. He has also applied the Vaastu architecture in various bewitching monuments and other buildings like the Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, the Tamil University Building Tanjore, the majestic entrance arches of the township of Madurai, the Temple for Goddess Tamil in Karaikudi etc.
The messiah of the 10,000 years old Shilpaic tradition and the preserver of their unique Vedic literature.
The Shilpaic tradition of India had its origin in the island of Jamboo Dweepa that existed far south some 10,000 years back, before the continental deluge engulfed it and scattered it into several continents. The originator of this tradition Maamuni Mayan lived, created the most primal and the most scientific Vedic literature of the whole world (endorsed by Veda Vyasa in Bhagavatam as Eka Eva Pura Veda Pranava Sarva Vangmayaha), called the Pranava Veda. This contains the subtle scientific principles of the genesis of the cosmos and details the manifestation process of various visual and aural forms of the Universe from the root source, the Akasa or the Space. This Veda has been preserved for long by Dr.Ganapati Sthapati and on the 4th of May 2003, this Veda was published and released under the auspices of Universal Peace Foundation at Udumalaipet, Coimbatore.