Dr.V.Ganapati Sthapati, the Doyen of Indian Vaastu Shastra, hails from a rich lineage of traditional Sthapatis (traditional designers, builders and sculptors – 3 in one) who had their origin in the land of temples, namely Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. Imbibing the heritage of his forefathers, who have contributed many a temple and sculptural edifice, Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati has dedicated his life and works to the revival, enrichment and promotion of this indigenous culture of India.
Born in the village of Pillayarpatti, in Siva Gangai District, Tamilnadu in the year 1927, he had his early lessons Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati from his father, Sri Vaidyanatha Sthapati, himself a renowned Sthapati and Sanskrit scholar. Basically, a graduate in mathematics, he served as the Principal, Govt. College of Architecture and Sculpture, Mahabalipuram for 27 years (1961-1988). During his tenure, the art of sculpture and temple architecture gained an academic status under the University of Madras and many youngsters, irrespective of caste and creed were initiated into this tradition. It is a college run by the Government of Tamilnadu right from 1957.
The dedicated service rendered by Dr. Sthapati, has drawn the attention of the East as well as West to the existence of a unique and unexplored science of time and space, light and sound, on which the Indian Vaastu and Vaastu related architecture (of spiritual nature) are anchored. His efforts are fast gaining ground. Through his research works and allied activities, Sthapati has identified and brought back to lime light the legendary Mayan, the progenitor of Indian Vaastu Science.
After retirement from the Government Service, he has given form to a group of five institutions, aimed at spreading the principles of traditional Indian Science of Vaastu. Through these institutions, founded and guided by Sthapati, he has been rendering remarkable services contributing a number of temples, imagic forms, Vaastu based buildings, as well as conducting seminars and lectures, both at national and international levels and also authoring and publishing books, on the sacred science of Vaastu.