What is the oldest (surviving) Hindu scripture which explains how a temple should be built, maintained, and what should be its day-to-day affairs?

Is an English translation of the same available?

Is the same scripture followed even today if someone wants to build a new temple?

Note: This is not a dup. of What do Hindu scriptures say about Hindu temples? which looks too broad and should probably be closed. This question is specific to scriptures explaining how a temple should be constructed/maintained/run.

  • "How a temple should be built" - Are you looking for the info of what/how should be the Vastu of the temple like? or anything else?
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 5:42
  • see the wikipedia article - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_temple Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 10:44
  • @Rickross Yes, the scripture which explains the architecture of the temple, its purpose, how it should be operated, etc. Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 15:56
  • @sv. Okay........
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 17:49
  • Many chapters from Agni Purana before or after this chapter may be useful...
    – YDS
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 14:59


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