Vastu Shastra
Home is our abode of love where we expect to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We expect to enjoy our peace & happiness, progress & prosperity, health & wealth and faith & spiritual development from our home. If its surroundings and construction are poor and the atmosphere eerie, we can neither be happy nor healthy. Hence to ensure that the house is built properly, in modern times we take the help of the professionals who can build a good house with a solid foundation, strong walls, a proper structural balance with the right weight and pressure distribution, proper plumbing, electricity, air light etc. This branch of modern knowledge is called architecture, or civil engineering.

The ancient seers of India knew not only the above, but quite a few other things beyond. Hence their house building principles included: the North-South flow of magnetic forces: the East-West earth motion and Solar energy forces: and with Divine Spiritual Perception, they also knew the various Deities who rule the different sections of the house and based on the Nature of the Deities, what type of room/function is ideal in that part of the house (Details given in the section Vastu Purusha Mandala). This branch of ancient Indian knowledge is called Vastu Sastra, or Vastu Shilpa sastra, or Vastu Nirmana sastra. It was employed to build not just houses but to plan and build entire towns and cities and temples.

During the last 10 years, first Vastu was in fashion, then it became a fad, then came fanaticism and now the society is full of blind beliefs. People with all kinds of false notions are rejecting excellent houses just because they are facing the west. The truth is that there is nothing against a west facing house in Vastu!! Self styled Vastu “expert consultants” are taking people for a ride.

The Vastu principles included: on which side(s) of the plot the road(s) should be, the size & shape of the plot, how far minimum away it should be from the public places, what type of plot/house should be there next to the house, the height-length-breath of the boundary & the rooms and their placement/function, the door & window placement etc. It makes the optimised ideal use of the magnetic, solar & spiritual forces and the five basic elements – Earth, Fire, Water, Air & Space. The principles are based on very practical reasons. For example if the East side boundary wall is too high one will not get enough sunlight.

Like any other ancient sastra, Vastu must also be understood, interpreted and implemented based on the changed socio-economic conditions. Take for example the rule “Bathroom should not be next to kitchen – fire and water must be away”. This is because in those days the kitchen-fire was produced by burning either wood or coal and bathroom water source was a well. So this would dampen the fire wood/coal. In the modern kitchen, if you have a gas stove at one corner and a tap and sink at the other corner, its not going to take you to hell. Similarly the toilet in those days was an open space and for hygienic reasons used to be at the end of the house. But the modern toilets are ok to be attached to bed rooms.

In modern times, especially in cities, only a multi millionaire can follow all the Vastu rules. The rest 99%, especially the flat dwellers can only do the best adjustments. Vastu is like life where you want ideal parents, ideal brothers & sisters, ideal teachers & education, ideal job & money, ideal wife & children and ideal health. This is rarely possible and hence you have to live with and make the best of what you get.

The following pages will give you the authentic Vastu principles. Read them and you can understand Vastu. At least no one can take you for a ride.

One final word. At the time of entering a new house if you get a vastu shanti pooja done, which is part of the Griha Pravesh pooja, it takes care of the Vastu doshas. Vastu cannot adversely affect the house where God is regularly worshiped with pooja, stotra path or mantra japa. Keeping aVastu Ganesha at the Pooja place is another antidote to all Vastu Doshas. For the past 3 years I have been living in a flat where every thing is totally wrong according to Vastu but this house has given me more peace, prosperity, fame and money than all the other “good Vastu” houses. And mind you, I am going through the peak of my sadesati and Rahu antardasa! God power is always stronger than Vastu power.

About Vastu Sastra The Vastu legend The Vastu Mandala Plot situation,direction & roads
Size & shape of plot Soil & slope of plot Construction,well and boundary Entrance & main door
Trees & plants Outside & garage Bed room Safe & valuables room
Dining room Toilet & bathroom Study room Living or sitting room
Pooja room Stairway Basement Water tank
Upper floor Griha pravesh pooja Balcony,veranda, roof Room size
Vastu & astrology Vastu for Office Vastu for Factory Useful tips

Vastu advise and tips

General useful tips about construction, placement etc.

If which room should be constructed in which direction is not kept in mind while planning a house, the whole building may go against the principles Vastu Shastra and it will create lot of troubles causing irreparable harms and loss to the owner / inmates.

The other things which must be kept in mind are:

  • Doors of each room should be facing East.
  • Bedrooms should be in South and West.
  • Placement of mirrors on South and West wall are inauspicious.
  • While sleeping head should be in South or West but never in North.
  • Pooja room should be in North East.
  • All idols and photographs should be facing East or West.
  • Toilet seat should be in North-South only. It should not be in East-West.
  • Out houses should not touch the compound wall of North and East side.
  • Stairs should always be in clock-wise direction.
  • Anything underground should be in North or East.
  • Anything above ground should be in South or West.
  • Porch should not touch the North or East compound wall.
  • Big trees should not be grown in North or East.
  • They should be in South or West side of the house.
  • Face East or North while reading or transacting any business deal.
  • Face East while cooking, West is allowed if there is no alternative, but never face South while cooking.
  • Total number of doors and windows should be in even number for each floor, but should not end in zero like 10, 20, 30. The width of the door should be half the height of the door. The door should not be too high, too low, too wide or too narrow. The doors should be rectangular and square doors should always be avoided.
  • Ventilation should be looked after and good cross ventilation should be present.
  • Never put the poster of crying girl, war scene, sexy scenes, angry man, owl, eagle etc.
  • They are inauspicious.
  • Doors should open inside the room and not outside.
  • In bed rooms, always use bed of four legs only.
  • Never use box type bed because it stops the air circulation under the bed which is bad for health.
  • Never eat or drink in standing position.
  • No room should be built under the stairs.
  • The cupboard in the wall should be in the Southern or Western part direction of the house.
  • In these kitchen, grinder, fridge, shelf and other heavy items should be towards South and West wall.
  • There should be no water body in front of any entrance door of the house.
  • The ratio between length and breadth of the building should normally be 1:1 or 1:1.5 or maximum 1:2.
  • It should not exceed 1:2 in all circumstances.
  • The building dimension should preferably be longer in North-South, shorter in East-West.
  • Ground level should be higher in West, South West and South as compared to East, North and North East.
  • It is better to keep North East the lowest.
  • Floor level should be higher in South, South West, South East and Western portion and lower in North, North East and East.
  • The water should flow towards East or North and not in other directions.
  • Central zone should be even.
  • It is better to keep roofing sloping towards East and North.
  • Now a days it has become a fashion to keep roofs sloping deeply :
  • Keeping the roofs sloppy symmetrically in all sides : or
  • If the slope is on East or North sides only, keeping the East or North or both sides down. The idea is to keep South and West heights in level. Slanting towards South or West only should be avoided as that will lead to serious health problems.
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