International Vaastu Masters - the Second Generation
S. Santhana Krishnan Sthapati
Eldest son of Shilparatnam. Sri. S. Shanmugam Sthapati, Sthapati Santhana Krishnan follows the footsteps of his father and continues to be a Temple Architect.
Sri. S. Shanmugam Sthapati is a highly respected Temple Architect who has been with Dr. Ganapati Sthapati since the age of six. He was the chief executive sthapati for
Dr. Sthapati’s prestigious project at the Saint Thiruvalluvar statue standing 133’ tall in granite stone that withstood
the tsunami waves at Kanyakumari in 2004.
Sthapati Santhana Krishnan completed his
Bachelor’s Degree in Temple Architecture from
The College of Architecture and Sculpture, Mamallapuram
in 1998 after which his interests deepened in the science of Sthapatya Veda for which he studied M.A., M.Phil in Sanskrit Language from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai. Dr. Sthapati appointed him to his office while he was in college which helped Santhana Krishnan gain practical experience at an early stage. Being associated with Shilpaguru Dr.V.Ganapati Sthapati, Santhana Krishnan’s research activities in the ancient texts of
Ainthiram and Pranava Vedam, widened.
He began to assist Dr. Sthapati in his research and presented papers related to the Ainthiram. Evidence of information from MAYAN’s Ainthiram and Pranava Vedam were identified in Tholkaapiyar’s Tholkappiyam, Thirumoolar’s Thirumandiram and Ramalinga Adigalaar’s Thiruvarutpa authored by Sthapati Santhana Krishnan, which gained appreciation among scholars. His search for more knowledge on Mayonic science continues where he has found relevance to The Vastu Shastras in the 108 Upanishads. He presently translates Mayan’s Pranava Veda from Tamil to English and assisted Dr. Sthapati in conducting classes for the International Institute of Mayonic Science & Technology, Chennai and is a faculty boardmember of the American University of Mayonic Science and Technology.
Sthapati Santhana Krishnan’s contribution to Mayonic Architecture under the guidance of Dr. Sthapati is inspiring, with his primary focus on stone architecture. His first field experience was the marking of 10 elephants for
Dr. Sthapati's illustrious project of Saint Thiruvalluvar Statue which still stands in the seas at Kanyakumari.
He worked extensively on this project and other major temples in India and Sri Lanka including the Gurunathar Temple at Reddiapatti - south of Tamil Nadu, which is a stone temple renovation primarily constructed in cement and steel by Dr.V.Ganapati Sthapati. This temple was consecrated in April 2007 after seven years of intense work; Sthapati Santhana Krishnan was awarded the title of Sirpa Kalai Arasan for his tremendous contribution in the building of this massive stone temple. Out of his love for Mayonic Science, Sthapati Santhana Krishnan prefers to call himself Sthapati Daasan as Kaalidaasan and Bharatidaasan.
A contemporary architect whose interest in the Traditional Indian architecture developed gradually during her periodical visits with Dr.V.Ganapati Sthapati, while receiving the guidance for her final year thesis project - Vedic Village (a topic that focused upon the application of Traditional Sthapatya Vedic principles in designing of buildings that will be suitable for today’s life style). After completion of Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from Hindustan College of Engineering Madras University in the academic year 1999, Ms. Krithika decided to learn more on Sthapatya Veda and joined as an Architect in Dr. Sthapati’s organization. She has designed a number of Vaastu buildings like residences, schools, hospitals, factories, Religious and Monumental buildings, etc. under the tutelage of Dr. Sthapati for 9 years. By blending traditional vaastu grammar with modern space concepts, Krithika has been successful in creating magnificent structures that are spiritually and physically appeasing. Her first residential project in Chennai, Mr. Santhanam’s residence was designed as a pure Vaastu building. This project brought her into limelight when Dr. Sthapati, the client and herself were interviewed by the Discovery Channel team and telecast on Asian Enigma series.
During her career as a Sthapatya Vedic architect in Trinidad & Tobago, she along with her husband has designed remarkable projects thereby exposing Trinidadians to this wonderful Science of Sthapatya Veda. Her vaastu consultation services are spread worldwide.
Ms. Krithika assists Dr. Sthapati in his research works and her illustrations appear in most of the books authored by Dr. Sthapati. She has delivered lectures along with Dr. Sthapati for foreign delegates during the annual workshops on Sthapatya Veda conducted by International Institute of Mayonic Science and Technolgy Chennai and American University of Mayonic Science and Technology USA. She is a Board member in the American university of Mayonic Science and Technology USA. Her interests in Mayonic Science have inspired her to assist her husband Sthapati S. Santhana Krishnan in the translation of Pranava Veda. She has presented papers on the Application of Sthapatya Vedic principles in Anna University Chennai.
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