Mamuni Mayan

Mamuni Mayan (மாமுனி Māmuṉi meaning Brahmarishi Mayan, Sangakala Sirpachithan Mamuni Mayan, Mayamuni, Mayendran) is a culture hero character from Tamil Sangam literature (the Silappathikaram, Manimekalai, and Civaka Cintamani epics) and the founder of Vastu Shastra.

Illustration[by whom?] of the inside of Maya Sabha, the hall of the palace built by Maya Danava, showing the Inauguration ceremony. —Mahabharata 2.4

In 2004 V. G. Sthapati started construction of a "monument to Mayan" near Mamallapuram.[1]

Mayan is credited with the authorship of the Mayamata Vastu Shastra as well as the Aintiram (Aindra, a school of grammar connected with the Tolkāppiyam). If there had been a grammatical treatise called Aintiram, it has been lost, but a text called Mayan's Aintiram dealing with Vastu Shastra was published by Sthapati in 1986, with the support of C. Aranganayakam, Tamil Nadu minister of education, and again in 1997 by the "Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation" with English commentary by S. P. Sabarathnam.

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In 2006 Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati asked Dr. Jessie Mercay, USA, to establish a small school - American University of Mayonic Science and Technology - in the US to teach authentic principles of Vaastu Shastra, Silpa Shastras and related texts including Mayan's Aintiram.


  • S.P. Sabharathnam, Mayan's Aintiram : With Tamil Texts of Mayan and Paraphrasing with English Translation, Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation (1997), OCLC: 47184833.
  • V. G. Sthapati, An overview of Mayonic Aintiram, Shilpi Speaks series 1 [1]
  • Bruno Dagens, Mayamata : Traité Sanskrit d'Architecture, Pondichéry : Institut Français d'Indologie (1970), OCLC: 61978029.
  • Bruno Dagens, Mayamata : an Indian treatise on housing, architecture, and iconography, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Scientific Research (1985), OCLC: 15054108; Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Motilal Banarsidass (1994), OCLC: 60146035.
  • Phanindra Nath Bose, Principles of Indian śilpaśāstra with the text of Mayaśāstra, Punjab Sanskrit Book Depot (1926), OCLC: 3354836.
  • Aintir̲am, Directorate of Technical Education, Cen̲n̲ai : Tol̲il Nuṭpak Kalvi Iyakkakam (1986), OCLC: 19172544
  • K S Subrahmanya Sastri; O A Nārāyaṇasvāmi Ayyar, Mayamatam, Śrīraṅkam : Śrī Vāṇī Vilāsam Patippakam (1888), OCLC: 13891788.


  1. ^ "Vastu Vedic Trust | Vastu Vedic Trust". Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2015.