What is Vaastu
Vaastu is an
age-old science engaging architecture and construction techniques that help in
developing an amiable surrounding. It also extracts certain elements from nature
and is believed drive cosmic energy that attributes to health, pleasure and
Shastra is an amalgamation of science with astronomy and the traditional
techniques of astrology. Vastu, the science of co-ordinates, combines the
elements of nature and works towards the betterment of man.
ancestors had extraordinary understanding of the unseen power embedded in the
elements of the universe and they tried to use the power for the benefit of
mankind. They had immense potential to dig out the cosmic power and re-direct
the influences of gravitational and magnetic effect. They also were able to
identify different galaxies in the sky, predict seasons and rainfall, also the
direction and velocity of wind, measure the intensity of heat and light and also
study the effects of UV and IR radiation to provide humans a better
understanding of the world and the universe on the whole. They were able to
construct huge monuments which were used for residence, temple, coliseumsâ€™,
educational institutions and several others which served as a purpose of
improving human life. They had developed scientific methodologies and equipments
which can be molded to human requirements.
Why One Should Follow Vastu?
nothing but the interaction of various forces of nature that includes the
elements of earth, water, wind, fire and ether and their attempt to maintain
symmetry to guide and influence the lives of not only humans but every organism
on the earth. Our actions, fate, destiny and entire life is influenced by these
forces. Vasstu shashtra is the awe-inspiring illumination of the surrounding and
their influence on life. The literal meaning of vaastu in Sanskrit is â€œhomeâ€ and
its doctrines to create an accord between the elements of nature.
shastra is the combined study of science, architecture, astronomy and astrology.
It helps to enhance our lives and can turn the face of negative effects in our
life. It is an age-old architectural science which envelopes the philosophical
and theoretical works of structural design. It extracts its power from various
forces of the nature like:
utilization of these energies leads us to pleasure, concord, prosperity and
wealth in our life.
As we have
architectural code and regulations these days to construct buildings and
structures, our ancestors had their techniques evolved from vaastu shashtra.
According to the science of vaastu, Purush is referred as the god of
architectural. Vaastu is not only scientific, but also based on a reason. It is
permanently based on co-ordinates and direction which cannot be changed. It is
very valuable, since it bridges the gap between man and nature is very practical
and easy to follow. Following the guidelines of vaastu in constructing their
home, one can lead a healthy and prosperous life.
be followed in the construction of any structure like home, temple, shop,
industry, town, planning towns, cities at any place on the earth. Life on earth
begins with Sunrise and ends with
sunset; hence the sun has its prominence in the life of every human being. It
emits UV rays in the morning and IR rays in the evening which are very viral in
the generation and of bio-chemical organisms, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon
Di-oxide on the earth.
Our sun is
an indication of illumination, will power and generosity. It influences every
aspect of our life, right from our entire bio-system to survival. Hence EAST is
considered to be auspicious and is believed that lord Indra is the master of
this direction. North is also a favorable direction since the earthâ€™s magnetic
field moves from NORTH to SOUTH, thus sustaining the entire life on the
Water (Jal) and Fire (Agni) are the 3 forces responsible for harmony in oneâ€™s
life. One should respect these forces and hold them in their respective areas to
avoid commotion in life. If the combination and purpose of these forces is
interchanged, then it may lead to chaos in life.
Authenticity of Vaastu
of vaastu can be seen in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Vaastu Shastraâ€™s
prominence and influence can also be seen in the earlier civilizations of
Harappa. Going back to the times of Mahabharata
and Ramayana, there are a number of stories involving the origin of Vaastu
Purush (the deity for Vaastu).
carried out on our mythological tales, reveals that Vaastu is a science and
should be followed sincerely. Nature is effected by the geography of the area,
hence Vaastu for every place is variable. There are countries which are very
advanced while some are under developed. For example,
Japan is an
island located in the deep waters of North-East, which is considered most
favorable according to vaastu. The
eastern side of
extensively broad and open. Thus
complete benefit from the sunâ€™s rays and is hence, rich and prosperous. To the
south and south-east, there is a sea with volcanoes due to which it had to
undergo a nuclear attack. When it
comes to Africa, is north-east cornet is interpolated.
North-west segment is projected and south and south-east have unlimited water
which are not auspicious as per vaastu. This can be a reason, why the African
countries are deprived and backward. On the contrary, there is a
Mediterranean sea to the north which is encouraging
according to vaastu. In the eastern side, the Nile river
flows which is the reason for the development of civilizations in
Egypt and other
countries surrounding it.
our own country
India, we have
the Himalayas in the north and north-east which is not
good as per vaastu. Hence we have lot of poverty in our country. We have water
bodies to the south-west and south-east of our country due to which we had to
face the assault of foreign empires. One thing which is very much favorable to
our nation is that it is slant towards east, which is very good for it.
example is the Taj Mahal. While gained the popularity all over the world,
another monument similar to the Taj, called "chandbibi ka makbara" which is in
Aurangabad is not so famous. Also
this is one of the reasons why Tirupathi temple is renown all over, while other
temples located in the same province are less known. This is the power of
vaastu. All those monuments gained popularity were built as per vaastu, while
others were not. Hence to gain bliss, tranquility and affluence one need to
follow the vaastu.
Vaastu is a
pragmatic science. Over a period of time, supported from the knowledge of Vedas
and studies carried out on a number of monuments, temples, houses and building
revealed the positive association between the relevance of vaastu principles and
The same can
be applied in constructing the present day buildings and other edifices.
Water in the
north-east is considered to be favorable and hence Mumbai has seen tremendous
development. Also the city has a atomic power plant (Agni) to the south-east,
which is very propitious.
example is the Balaji temple, which was build according to vaastu had water to
the north-east, kitchen to the south-east and the deity to the south-west facing
east and so-on. Research on cities like New
Singapore, Hong-Kong etc
has shown that they were developed as per the principles of vaastu.
Benefits of Vaastu
only a medium to achieve cadenced inner space, to gain the necessary vigor to
sustain in life in spite of pain and hardships in life. A building which has
been constructed as per the principles of vaastu, benefits the physical,
psychological and spiritual development of the people living inside and thus the
entire society and mankind.
Provides soothing effect, when the premise is constructed with proper space,
good ventilation, color and form.
Psychological: Leads to
prosperity, releases tension and improves relationships.
This stimulates the purpose and understanding of life and reminds the pursuit of
touching the innermost senses.
thoughts and philosophy.
Ability to solve
problems and to make right choices.
Psychological awareness and rejuvenated feeling throughout
Techniques of Vaastu
in understanding the modus operandi of the entire Vaastu Shastra. This helps in
knowing how and where to construct a building, to get the maximum assistance
from nature and to live with expediency and wellbeing.
knowledge of vaastu shastra harmonizes the elements of our body with the
elements of nature and other forces. This is very beneficial in our daily
activities. It gives us information about where and how to construct a room,
outward appearance and interior architecture which would help us lead peaceful
life without any issues.
gives information about the nature and effect of directions and the kind of work
to be done in the given direction. It also defines problems that may arise like
health issues, psychological distress, loss in business and other regular issues
and their remedies.
Vaastu tips for a happy
South-west is the
most appropriate direction for bedroom, while central, west and southern
directions are good for constructing other rooms.
considered inauspicious for bedroom.
West or North is
perfect directions to have childrenâ€™s bedroom. Their study table needs to be
placed to the north or East of the room and they should be facing east when they
One should evade
from sleeping with their head facing the north.
Study room can be painted with green, since it enhances
Prayer room in the house can be painted with yellow or
sandal color whereas for living room, south-east corner is the most suitable
Vaastu tips for childrenâ€™s
above, west or north is the best direction to allocate childrenâ€™s room.
Sometimes east is also favorable.
According to the
vaastu for children, east is not advisable to have the bedroom for a married
South-west is the
most suitable direction to place the couch.
Mirror should not be placed to the opposite of the
Furniture should not stick to the wall, as it impedes the
flow of energy.
The study table should face east, north or north-east
cornet when children are studying.
Electronic device should not be placed in the kidâ€™s room.
However, if required, south-east corner is the most
Vaastu tips for bathroom:
East is the most appropriate direction for bathroom.
Bathrooms should have proper ventilation and
Geyser should be placed in the south-east corner.
Drainage should be to the north-east and taps and shower to
The bathroomâ€™s door should not be facing south-west.
South-east and north-west are the best directions to place
the washing machine.
Bathtub can be placed to the
Vaastu tips for bedroom
South is the
favorite direction for bedroom to enhance peace in the house.
One should sleep
with his head pointing towards the south and should totally avoid north.
There should be no godly idols in the bedroom
West or southwest
is the right place to have a book shelf if one is interested.
South-west is the just right for master bedroom, while
other bedrooms can be to the eastern or the northern side of it.
Square or rectangle shapes are the most preferred for
Vaastu tips for kitchen
South-east is the
ideal direction to have kitchen or sometimes even north-west is
the construction of kitchen in north-east, mid-north, mid-west, south-west
mid-south and the center.
The cooking stage should not be in contact with the wall to
the east or north.
East is the most excellent direction for cooking and is
considered to be fortunate.
There should be no ridge above the cooking platform.
North-best is the best place for refrigerators.
There should be sufficient provision for ventilation in the
Vaastu tips for dining room
West is the
ultimate direction for dining room.
One should ensure that kitchen and dining room are on the
same floor and contiguous, while planning the architecture for the
Square or rectangle dining table is the best to go
Dining table should not touch the wall of the room.
and orange are the most suitable colors for dining room.
South-east is the right direction to place fridge.
or north is the right place to make provision for washbasin in the dining
Vaastu Shastra for land and
Location of the
A land that was
used as a burial ground or for cremation purposes should be avoided. It should
be level and flat. Any land on a hill or a mountain top should not be preferred.
If it is slant, then the inclination towards north or east is fine. However it
is not desirable to have the slope towards the east.
Any gorge or a
crate in the ground is considered inauspicious.
Any plot located
between two large plots should be avoided since it leads to poverty.
next to a bridge is considered inauspicious, especially if it is to the north or
east. It is ok to have a bridge in the south or west direction.
Any plot with
stumbling blocks of hills or tall structures to the north, north-east or east
should be avoided as they may block the rays of the sun. On the other hand, to
have them to the west or south is considered to be fortunate as it brings vigor,
affluence and happiness by blocking the unsafe western rays.
A water body to
the south-west of a building leads to despair, while the one on the north-east
is considered good.
To have any
electric power supply or power station on the north-east is not fine for the
The plot should
not be contained by places like temples, hospitals or any industries within the
distance, twice as the height of the building. If it is more, then there is no
objection. A house should not be within 80ft. from any temple and the entrance
should not face the temple. Also the shadow of the temple should not fall on the
One should avoid
plots in the vicinity of a meat shop, laundry or a shoe shop.
The frontier should be higher on the west and south and
should be lower on the north and east part.
A plot with roads facing all the 4 main directions has its
effects. This is known as veedhi shoola, or therukuthu. This is not the same as roads stretching
along the planes.
( N /
excellent for women and business activities. Guarantees wealth and
prosperity for residents.
( E / NE
for men. Fancied for newspaper offices/presses/photo studios/media
industries and residences.
( S / SE )
Bestows harmony and happiness. Good
for women. Improves the financial status of the
( E / SE
increase in expenses. Can make the inmates greedy and lead to
accidents. Lawsuits and
government penalty can be initiated.
( N / NW
indiscipline and can promote wicked or unlawful activities. General
volatility is eminent.
( W / NW )
men. Promotes business/profession. Improves stance and other
( S / SW )
wealth / finance. Results in accidents and bad habits for inmates,
especially women. Can invite trouble from various
( W / SW )
contentment of all inmates, especially the men. Frequent quarrels,
problems and poverty can occur.
Any plot with roads in all the 4 directions should be
preferred. This welcomes health, prosperity and affluence.
Any plot with roads on the 3 sides of north, west and east
is not considered to be good. Same is the case for plots with roads to the north
south and west or east, south, and west.
Itâ€™s good to have roads to the east and north sides of the
Having roads to
the north and west is considered to be average, whereas the plot with the road
running by the side and ending at the north-east
corner is considered good. A road or pathway to the east or north is good but
not so, to the south or west side.
Plot on a T or Y
junction is considered to be gloomy.
rectangular plots are considered to be superlative. The 4 sides of the plot
should face the 4 main directions. Also a hexagon shaped plot is considered to
Plot facing east
is considered excellent for researchers or intellectuals, priests, professors
and teachers etc. Plot facing north is good for people in power, authority and
working for government.
Plot towards the south is considered to be good for
Plot facing west is good for people working for the society
and other non-profit organizations.
If the plot is not facing the 4 chief directions and if the
road does not face any of them, then the house should be constructed facing any
of the directions