ARJUN & ASSOCIATES AND VAASTU SASTHRA
Arjun & Associates is the only group of Engineers and architects specialised in design and construction of all types of buildings based on Vaastu Sasthra, incorporating traditional Kerala architecture with modern technology. The topography of Kerala is different from that of other states in India, as it is a mixture of plain and hilly areas and it receives rain for nearly eight months a year. Hence, the shape and construction technique of buildings in Kerala like the Naalukettu, Manas, etc. are distinct from other provinces.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace, Krishnapuram Palace, Kanakakunnu Palace, etc are the prominent existing landmarks in Kerala. Our ancestors have preserved this mode of construction with great care. The main quality of this construction is its proportionality in length, width and height, which is due to its uniqueness in measurements based on “Vaastu Sasthra”. This science of building technology and style of construction is fast declining into the past
Having done the documentation and research of Several old palaces, Manas, residential buildings all over Kerala, like the Krishnapuram palace (in Kayamkulam), the Padmanabhapuram Palace (Padmanabhapuram – which was once the capital of Travancore), Vadassery Amma Veedu, Kuthiramallika (Thiruvananthapuram), etc. constructed several centuries earlier and designed according to the ancient science of Vaastu Shastra and still reign their grandeur, Arjun & Associates are in the process of retrieving this waning glory and splendor of traditional architecture in this millennium using cost-effective modern technology.
Every civilization and period in history has its own construction methods and methodology. The buildings and other construction is the identity of the civilization it is part of and the era that it was built in. Be it the Roman and Greek civilizations or the Indian Harappa and Mohan Jodaro civilization or the Machu Pichu in Peru – all these civilizations are marked by their unique construction and building of houses, places of worship and public arenas.
Similarly, particular periods in history such as the Aryan, Dravida or Mughal each had their own unique constructional features. These great civilizations teach us that for any construction to nurture multiple generations and to stand the test of time and age, it should be built on certain guidelines that provide not only prosperity and happiness to the inhabitants but also accord a balance with nature and the surroundings. These buildings were all sustainable, in harmony with nature, used natural materials and added to the natural charm and beauty of the landscape. In no way was it a hindrance or in conflict with the environment or ecosystems of the location.
For us, for any type of construction, Vaastu Shastra is the science of architecture that gives guidelines on the process – from accurate numerical measurements to techniques that blend perfectly with nature and surroundings.
As per Vaastu Shastra or science of hospitable land, Mayamatham, Thantrasamuchayam, Silparathnam, Vaasthuvidya and Manushyalaya Chandrika are all famous literary works that authoritatively talks about construction and design. While the first two books deal with guidelines for temple construction, the latter two talks about the construction of residential houses. In Kerala, Thantrasamuchayam and Manushyalaya Chandrika are considered the design bibles for the construction of temples and houses respectively.