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Vastu Shastra
Vastu Shastra is an ancient art-form. It is a highly scientific art, bringing together architecture and spirituality. Vastu is a kind of Indian equivalent of Feng-shui and both together help us to create havens that nurture our soul.

The mere construction of buildings attains a higher level using "Vastu Shastra" since it ensures a harmonious balance between man and nature. In fact it covers just about every aspect of house design, including décor, furnishings and placement of furniture.

An inappropriate interior design of a building can disturb the flow of positive energies that are connected to every occupant, leading to disharmony, imbalance, and an increase in the level of stress and depression in the lives of the inhabitants.
The Vastu Purush

The Vastu Purush
as the legend goes was born out of the sweat of Lord Shiva. The picture below shows him lying down on the entire earth with His head at the North-East and feet at the South-West. Brahma, the creator of the universe along with other Devas blessed Him with a boon saying that whenever any person shall construct buildings on earth, they shall have to worship Him in order to enjoy health, wealth, peace and prosperity in their new buildings. Ever since, He has been worshipped before commencing the construction of any new building. In India, He is considered to be in each and every plot of land, whether big or small.
Vastu Shastra gives the directive principles regarding construction of buildings so as to not displease the Vastu Purush.

The 5 Elements that rule Vastu Shastra

Early sages of India laid down several principles for the construction of buildings that were valuable for the well being of mankind. Most of these principles were laid down keeping in mind the five great elements, namely - earth, space, air, fire and water. Each of the five elements of nature has a predetermined location on the property when taken in totality, then again inside the entire building, and finally in each room within the building. It is extremely important to honour the proper placement of these five basic elements to enhance smooth flow of energy and create healthy vibrations for the benefit of its residents.


The element of space rules the Centre of the property as a whole and also each individual room. Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of creation resides here - an area termed the Brahmasthan. Spiritual energies from all different directions merge here and at the same time radiate from this particular point in the form of positive vibrations that bless everyone in the home.

In Vastu, this area is akin to the womb, which retains the embryo, and the navel, which is considered the centre of the human body. We all know that the womb and the navel are fragile. Similarly the centre of the house or of each room should be protected and not bear any weight. It should be left clear of any kind of pressure in the form of stairs, pillars, beams or a wall running through it.

Keeping the centre free enables positive vibrations to move freely in every direction.

The element of air rules the North-West sector of the property as a whole and also each individual room. This sector belongs to Lord Vayu who provided the breath of life to the entire universe.

Since the characteristics of air are restlessness, fickle-mindedness and indecision, it attributes the same qualities to its occupants. For this reason the master of the house is never advised to occupy this room. It is usually kept for the guests and the marriageable daughters who are not expected to stay in the house for long. However, if the room in this zone is given to a married son, the strong movement prevailing here does not let the couple grow their roots here, or settle into a compatible lifestyle with each other.

The element of fire rules the South-East sector of the property as a whole and also each individual room. Lord Agni resides here and illuminates its residents with the light of knowledge. It nurtures its occupants with warmth, enthusiasm and passion but ensures that it is used in moderation and balance.

This southeast sector is best used for generators and barbecue grills in the outdoors; and fire stove, gas, oil or anything electronic in the indoors.

The element of water rules the North-East sector of the property as a whole and also each individual room. This area is the abode of God, and hence the supreme and perfect place of worship, i.e. a prayer room.

This is also known as the area connected with the mind because the head of the Vastu Purush points to the northeast. For this reason nothing heavy should be stored here as it directly brings pressure on the mind of its residents. The soothing, calming and reflective nature of the ruling water element lends tranquility to this zone. It is best advised to keep this corner of the house neat and clean without any kind of clutter.

Other than the worship room, this area is best used for a library, study or a place for meditation.

A spring, well or borehole with an underground tank when dug in the northeast of the property brings health and prosperity in abundance to its residents. Care should be taken not to cross through the energy line of the property running from northeast to southwest.

The element of earth rules the South-West sector of the property as a whole and also each individual room. The Earth element, which is akin to our mother earth, mirrors its qualities of strength, heaviness and steadiness. Its strong gravitational pull helps the occupants to ground themselves and stabilize well in life and business.

For this reason, the room in the southwest is strongly recommended for the senior most couple in the house or for the boss in his office. You will notice that in the grid, the Vastu Purush has his feet pointing to the earth. This means that if the residents want to stand on their feet and grow roots, they need to make this area heavy and strong with heavy, rocky decor in the garden and heavy furniture in the interiors. It is very similar to anchoring a ship.
The 4 Directions: NSEW
The East is the direction from which the sun rises, ushering in each day with its promise of new beginnings, optimism and hope. Lord Indra resides in the eastern part of our house and blesses us with prosperity and wealth. Vastu recommends that every house should have large windows in the east that would fill the house with beneficial life-giving solar energy.

The ruler of the western part of the house is Lord Varuna. He is the Lord of rain and represents the peace and order for its residents. The West is the direction of the setting sun that reminds us of endings and darkness of the unknown, but also promotes reflection and peace after a long day’s toil.

Lord Kuber, the Lord of wealth rules the northern part of the property and the house. It indicates the region of divine immortality. Wealth is always stored facing the north direction so that material riches can flow in abundance.

Lord Yama, the Lord of judgment rules the southern sector of the house that keeps reminding us of our responsibilities. This area is also known as the ancestors' area and is considered to bless their descendants when their photographs are placed here.
Key Vastu considerations when choosing a Property
The ground is considered good if it is level or gently sloping towards north and east. Such lands bring about good health and prosperity to its residents. If there is depression in the south or west it is said to bring drainage of health and wealth to its occupants.
A plot that is a perfect square with all the sides meeting at right angles, is generally considered to be the best. Second to this is a rectangular plot where the length of the plot is double its width. However, if it exceeds the ratio of 2:1 then it no longer remains a rectangle. It becomes a corridor where the cosmic energy travels too fast and becomes destructive for its residents.
Vastu always prefers to have an extension towards the northeast of the plot as it is believed to bring to its occupants the benefits of heavenly blessings, health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. However, care should be taken not to extend the northeast corner too far to affect the overall balance of the plot. Plots extended towards any other corner are not considered auspicious as they disturb the smooth flow of energy circulating in the plot.
Key Vastu considerations for the Rooms of your Home
Correct location of rooms is an important factor when making your house.

The Kitchen should be in the southeast corner of the home. Mainly because this is the region of fire and secondly because having a kitchen here would receive lot of light flowing from the eastern and southern windows.
The best area for a master bedroom is the southwest. This region is known for its strength and stability.
For God's blessings to flow into the house, the prayer room should be in the northeast sector of the house. Images of God should be placed on the eastern wall.
To enjoy a healthy meal with the family, the dining room should be located in the eastern side next to the kitchen in the southeast.
North of the house should have a living area, where the entrance to the house or an apartment should be from north or northeast.
Northwest area ruled by air is best used for a guest bedroom or for a marriageable daughter.
Rooms in the south should be designed for a formal drawing room for entertaining guests.
East of the house is conducive for a child's room as the rising sun's energy helps the young kids to grow well.
West of the house is good for a teenager's room as the setting sun in this direction helps young adults to settle well in life.
Vastu Positioning principles in practice
Position of Doors and Windows:

It is considered extremely auspicious to have a threshold at the main entrance door
The main door should open clockwise into the house
It should preferably never open to a lift well, staircase, street lamp post or a big tree
Try to have access to more number of rooms from the north and eastern sides
Doors in all rooms can be of equal size but the ones in the south and west could be higher than the doors in the north and east
Doors should never be placed in the centre of the wall for any room with the exception of temples where they should always be in the centre
Doors should always rest against a wall and never hang in between
Main entrance doors of two neighbouring houses or flats opposite to each other should not face each other
The total number of doors in a house should preferably be an even number like 2, 4, 6 and 8 etc. Numbers ending in zero, however should be avoided
All the windows in the house should have symmetry in height

Placement of Staircase:

The stairs can be built in the south west or northwest of the building
They should never be built in the northeast because of its weight
One should ascend the stairs from north or east
The stairs should always rise in a clockwise manner
Spiral stairs are never recommended
The staircase should never be built in the centre of the building
The steps should be odd numbers like 11, 17, 23 etc

Building a Basement:

Building a basement below the road level of a house is not advised but if the height of the basement is designed in such a way that it projects up above the road level and has windows to receive solar energy, then these are acceptable.
Basements should cover the entire base area
Basements built in the north, east and northeast are preferred
Basements built in the south, southwest and west are never recommended because they create depression in the area that gives stability to its residents.
A projected floor in between two floors known as mezzanine should be built in west, south or southwest of the building.

Loft and attic: These should only be built in the south, west and southwest sectors of the house.

Building height: The entire building can have equal height everywhere. Or North, east and northeast should be lower than the south, west and southwest.

Garden, terrace and balconies: All open areas like these should be located in north, east and northeast sides of the property and building. This placement is considered to be extremely auspicious as the cosmic energy flows into the property from these directions and brings with it health, wealth and happiness.



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