He was born in 1927 to sculptor Sri Vaidyanatha Sthapati and Smt. Velammal at Pillayarpatti a village near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India in a Vishwabrahmin family (a Hindu hereditary caste of artisans and architects). His family tradition claims descent from the architects who created the Brihadeeswara Temple of Tanjore TN, India.
Sthapati attended Dr. Alagappa Chettiar College, Karaikudi and graduated in mathematics. After his graduation he became a Sthapati (Hindu traditional architect) at Palani Murugan Temple, Palani, TN, India. He resigned the same after the demise of his father who served as principal (1957 to 1960) of ‘The School of Architecture and Sculpture’ at Mamallapuram. He succeeded his father as the Principal of the Government College of Architecture and Sculpture, TN, India.
From the 1980s, Sthapati campaigned to restore and elevate the status of traditional Hindu architecture in modern Indian society by affiliating courses to the University of Madras and offering degree courses, bringing about a revival of Vastu Shastra.
After retirement from government service, he established "Vaastu Vedic Trust" and "Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation" aimed at research, development and globalization of Vaastu Shastra. He is also the head of the professional guild named "V. Ganapati Sthapati & Associates".
Sthapati served as architect for several buildings and sculptures, including the following:
- Sculpture of Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar - Thiruvalluvar Statue at the southern tip of India at Kanyakumari, TN, India (measuring 133’- 40.5 m in elevation).
- Design and Construction of huge sized University buildings including the Administrative block and library for Tamil University in Tanjore.
- Design and Construction of Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, TN, India.
- The Rajagopuram of Sri Ramar Temple and Sri Ganesh Shiva Durga Temple at The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago complex Lemont, Illinois, USA[
- Sri Murugan Temple, Nadi-Fiji islands.
- The San Marga Iraivan Temple, Kauai, Hawaii.
- Granite sculpture of the Madhavi - heroine of the Tamil epic Silappathikaram, erected in an Art Gallery in Poompuhar, Chennai, TN, India.
- Projects in India and other countries.
He has authored a number of books on the science and technology of Vastu Shastra and has conducted numerous seminars with professionals in a generous effort to make this knowledge available to the world. He has established the International Institute of Mayonic Science and Technology, which conducts workshops and discourses all over the world. Some of the notable books he has authored include: Iconometry, Temples of Space Science, The Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda, and Commentary on Mayan’s Aintiram.
Sthapati has earned a number of titles and awards including Padma Bhushan, an Honorary Fellowship by the Indian Institute of Architects, the National award for Master Craftsmanship by the President of India, the title of "Shilpi Guru of India" also by the President and a Doctorate Degree conferred by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic University. - source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._V._Ganapati_Sthapati