Overview on Vastu shastra

  • A refined combination of ancient Hindu traditions developed as an art, analyzed as a science, and interpreted astrologically can lead the way into healthy living. There is a universal call for world peace hence the smallest unit of the society like the family should raise their offspring in an environment that knows the meaning of peace.
  • It teaches us how to recognize a land suitable as a vastu for a house that will receive magnetic energy from elemental forces: the Sun, the Earth, the Sky, the Air, and the Water.

The Principles of Vastu Shastra

  1. Vastu means land to live on and Shastra has reference to harmony and balance of man with nature. Vastu Shastra teaches us on how we can lay out our house design so that we as human beings can get the maximum benefits of the natural forces given-off by nature. Basically, this system deals with the five elements in Indian Mythology namely, air, water, earth, fire, and sky which are believed to be sources of natural power.
  2. These five elements in ancient Hindu beliefs are said to be capable of giving off energy. How we, as human beings absorb this energy rely on where we are positioned. Therefore a good enough knowledge and understanding about the art or science of vastu shastra helps us appreciate its traditional values.
  3. Sky something that denotes space, a vacuum endless and infinite yet holds an unimaginable power that can reach our earthly existence.
  4. Air the gasses biologically needed by all living things on earth whether for subsistence or for ecological balance.
  5. Water believed to be rainfall from the skies which filled up the gaps and low lying areas of the Earth.
  6. Earth that which was formed out of the molten rocks and which attracts all other elements because of its great magnetic force.
  7. Sun the bearer of fire and the main source of life on earth. It plays an important part in vastu shastra since it is worshipped as the personification of God being the potential source of creation. If we are to really think about it, life without the sun is like having the main switch turned-off.
  8. The invisible powers emanating from these elements can come in all directions. It is a must therefore to know where we can position our property, our house as well as our physical beings in order to receive the natural life forces.


Position Benifits
North Happiness and Calm
East Abundance of wealth
South Shortage of female members or tragedies
West Stomach and sexual troubles to occur among male members
North West Unhealthy rivalry that can cause trouble
South West Brings conflict with the son
South East Death will be dreaded
Center of the House Suffer from heavy monetary losses



Vastu For Land


The Vastu For Land

A house should be constructed on a good vastu or land to live on. Hence care and proper selection should be exercised when choosing to buy a property you intend to build your house on.
Here are some helpful learning guides when acquiring Plots or lands for your buildings or edifices

Geographic Qualities of the Vastu Land

Shapes of the Plot or Land

Vastu Shastra recommends square or rectangular shapes of lands. However, since perfectly shaped lands are hard to come by, vastu recommends what is known as the Sherdah or one where the land is wider in front and coming out narrower at the rear. There is also the favorable vastu known as Gaumukhi wherein the front part is narrower compared to the rear part where the Plot is wider.

Shapes of the Plot or Land

  1. A Plot facing Northeast is a good site for homes, factories, and offices.
  2. A Plot facing Northwest is ideal for trading, business, and industrial sites.
  3. A Plot facing Southeast is good for chemical, petro-chemical, and electricity- related industries.
  4. A Plot facing Southwest can bring good business for night time activities.
  5. A Plot facing a roads in more than one direction can also be significant in vastu principles.
  6. Land facing the West road brings fame and popularity.
  7. Land facing a South road is ideal for business ventures.
  1. Plots facing two-side roads:
    Plots facing North and East roads are good for overall prosperity. Plots facing East and South roads foretell prosperity for female residents. Plots facing South and West roads as well as those facing North and South roads will provide moderate fortune. Plots facing West and North roads are considered as prosperous lands.
  2. Plots facing roads on three sides, one side of which leads to a road end or facing a T-junction are considered as not ideal or weak Plots.
  3. The best Plot of all is the Plot facing roads on all sides.


Vastu for Main Doors and Windows

Make sure they are located in the East. Placements may be modified as Northeast, East of Northeast, or North of Northeast. This location allows the positive energy to flow into the room. As an added feature it even suggests the swastika symbol to be placed on the door aside from suggesting heavy decorations as adornment.

Vastu house construction recommends that the house should have two points of entry. They should not be set in a straight line and the one which is used as an exit door should be smaller and must have only one shutter.

The main door being larger than the other doors should be equipped with two shutters. A recommended material for a door to bring in good balance is teak.


The Living room

In keeping with the traditional spots for living room you can have it at the forefront of the house, wide, and as large as you please. This is because the living room ranks first in the vastu shastra household. However, take heed as to where the dwellers are supposed to face while inside the room. Facing the East can give good results while facing the North could also be beneficial provided the living room is situated at the front side instead of front center.

Don't construct your living room on the west side or south side of your front room as these spots will not give-off the correct vibrations of the cosmic energy.

You can keep more than one door for living rooms in accordance with vastu shastra but keep it in the right location. Keep this room beautiful and decorate as well as you can to promote a life with little strife and with much enjoyment.

Be careful where you position yourself if you are in this room. If it will be used for discussions or business deals observe your seating arrangements. As the owner, take a seat that faces towards the East and your guests or business associates should sit facing the south or west. This seating arrangement will give you victory on the negotiation aspects.


The Bedrooms

For male family members, vastu places their bedrooms in the West or Northwest since this section holds commanding and authoritative forces.

For female family members, the South or Southeast will ensure good health and happiness if their bedroom doors and windows are located here.

Main or Master's Bedroom is suitably located at the Southwest.

Bedrooms of adult married children are also ideally placed here at the Southwest.

For that matter if there is a second story level, the master's bedroom should be located on the said second level. It would be unwise to choose this area for children's bedroom as it is said to cause trouble.

It is not advisable for newlywed couples to use the east side for their bedroom as it is said to bring bad luck.


The Bathroom

Vastu places the West and South for the bathroom and provides that the flow of its drain should be towards Northeast. This position has something to do with the sun falling on the body after a good bath.

Positioning of the toilet should be at the West or Northwest of the room at a level of 30 to 60 cm above the ground.

If the bathroom is structured as an attachment to the building, it should be positioned on the West or Northwest and never on the Northeast side.

Bathtubs and sinks are best located on the Northeast, North, or East side of the room.


The Dining Room

Vastu recommends the dining room to be near or attached to the kitchen and situated either at the Southeast, Northwest, or Northeast corner of the house. To encourage profitability coming in, place the dining room at the West side of the building.

It is best to keep in mind not to place your kitchen at the Southwest corner of the house since it is said to obstruct financial increase and brings certain detriments to the health of its dwellers.

You can place the dining table at the center of the house but make sure that it is not situated towards the Southwest corner.

Positioning the kitchen on the ground floor and the dining room on the upper floor is said to be improper since carrying food while crossing stairs is in itself improper.

During mealtime, the proper table places should have the head of the family facing the East while the rest should either face East, West, or North. It is said that placing a family member in a position facing the South will result to petty quarrels.

Make sure that the door of the dining room area does not face the main entrance of the room.

The dining hall area must have a door to the East, North, or West and should not be decorated with arches.

Dining tables should either be square, rectangular in shape or never round, egg- shaped, or irregular. Dining tables attached or folded against the wall are not advisable.

There should be water and wash basin in the East or North but never in the Southeast or Southwest corner of the room.

Landscape paintings or portraits of nature will permit a happy atmosphere in the dining area. In addition keep the dining room positive by painting the walls with light blue, yellow, saffron or light green hues.

Toilets are best kept as not annexed to the dining room although there's no harm for the laundry room to be near the dining room.


The Kitchen

Position the kitchen at the Southeast, although placing it in the Northwest can also be desirable. Whichever of these locations get occupied by the kitchen should also consider the cook who should be placed at the East. Avoid using the Northeast part of the house for kitchens; it's bound to bring negative vibrations concerning family relationships and finances.

The location of the sink where the tap water should be located at the Northeast and must not be near the stove or fire area since situations like this will hold back peace and mutual love within the family.

It is a must to avoid placing the kitchen at the Northeast corner since conflict among family member will always take place.

Storage shelves and attics should be in the South and West particularly those that are heavy.


The Pooja / Prayer Room

The pooja room is ideally placed at the Northeast corner of the house preferably on the ground floor; if this isn't possible, alternative areas can be East, South and West but never on the Northwest.

Although we may explore areas here as to where we can have the Gods give more attention to our prayers, we should not forget the fact that our Gods can be prayed too almost anywhere because it is our faith and devotion that will be looked upon.

Pictures and icons of the gods to be worshipped should face either the East or the West, while the person in worship should face either the East or the North. The altar should not be attached to the wall but instead kept about 2.5 cm away from the wall.

If possible, it is good for a Pooja room to be pyramid in shape sloping inward and pointing upwards to the roof. But it is more important for the pooja room to have a door with two shutters.

Pooja room should not share a common wall with the toilet or be placed opposite the bathroom or the toilet. This is in keeping with the pooja room being kept fragrant aside from being kept clean and clutter free since the room is a receptacle for blessings. It shouldn't be situated above electrical appliances or gas stoves either as there are a Plot of external energy emanating from these gadgets.

White, light blue, or light yellow are the perfect colors for the pooja room.


The Swimming Pool

(or Underground Water Tank, Wells, and Bore-Well)

The swimming pool, underground water tank, wells, and bore-wells are ideally constructed in the East or Northeast of the property; another choice would simply be the North side as these are favorable spots outside of the house.

As water denotes a positive flow of cash, bank balances, and good credit for the residents, take note that the flow of the swimming pool or water item should begin from the Northeast side going to the East side or from the Northeast side going to the North side.

For more positive results, the slope inside a swimming pool should begin from the West to the East if the pool is located at the North side. On the other hand, if the pool is located on the East side of the property, the slope in the swimming pool should begin from the South to the North.

Wells and tube wells are also ideally placed on the Northeast corner of the property; otherwise the home owner is bound to suffer from financial losses based on Vastu Shastra studies.


The Balconies and Verandahs

The balcony can achieve good health and wealth if it is incorporated at the Northeast of a house being constructed. If the house is already constructed and a balcony was placed in the Southwest, this should be corrected by enclosing it with glass or screen affixtures.

The floor or roof of a balcony should be at a lower level than the floor of the main building.

A slanted tin balcony roof where the corners of the structure are not rounded comprises a good balcony or verandah feature.

Avoid arches and planting creepers on the verandah while flower pots should be kept in minimal sizes.

Seating arrangements on the verandah should be set on the South or West sides. While provisions for shoes to be removed upon entering the house from point of the verandah, should be at the Northeast.



The Staircase

A staircase which is considered as a heavy installation is preferably situated in the South or West part of the house. Do not utilize the North or East part of the house for a staircase as it denotes conflict between heavy objects being placed on light zones. Should a home dweller insist on putting the staircase on the North or East side of the house, it is highly probable that the household will suffer loss of wealth.


Vastu & Interior decoration

In dealing with the interior decoration of a vastu shastra house, a good understanding of the zones is required. There are positive and the negative zones which vastu shastra aims to balance. These zones deal with placing light objects and furnishings on the positive zones while the heavy ones should be kept at the negative zones. Positive zones are located at the North, East, and Northeast while negative zones are located at the South, West, and Southwest.

Placement of Furniture

The ideal spots for the couches and chaise lounge sets are in the south and west portion of the room. The person sitting on a couch should make sure that he or she is seated facing the North or East directions.

Beds should be positioned pointing to the southwest direction of the room.

Bureaus or drawers containing valuables such as cash or jewelry are best kept in southwest portion of the room.

The dining table is best found in Northwest of the kitchen, living room, or dining room.

Study table will bring better results if situated in the North or East of the room.

Place aquariums in the North, East, or Northeast since they are light and water bearers as well.

Decors and Fixtures

Paintings and Statues – Vastu Shastra encourages the use of paintings that depict natural scenery, for example waterfalls, suNRIse, mountains, flower fields, and the likes. Do away with war scenes and other forms of conflict and violence since they obviously do not promote peace and harmony. Statues of God and deities should have a proper niche in the prayer room but take care in choosing its location. Heavy statues should not be placed in the Northeast of the room or the house.

Mirrors: These objects should find suitable places in the North or East wall of the rooms. However do not place them on walls opposite the bed or put them in a study room.

Indoor Plants: Do not put large plants in the Northeast of the house nor use cactus and other thorny plants as your decor.

Curtains: Bedrooms are best fitted with light colored curtains while dark colored curtains are suitable only for the living room. In choosing dark colored curtains, red and black are not the favorable hues.

Ceilings: Keep ceilings flat since elevated ceilings have less appeal for Vastu Shastra concept.

Lightings: The house should be kept brightly lit to bring more positive vibrations to the house; avoid keeping rooms dimly lit.

Floorings: Flooring materials recommended by Vastu Shastra are mosaic, ceramic tiles, and marbles; white marble tiles for regular rooms are not appropriate. Use white marble tiles for pooja or prayer rooms since this will prove favorable.

Paint Colors: Choose light shades of colors of blue and green aside from the naturally light shades of pink and cream. Exclude red and black from your choices as they are not recommendable hues for house paints.

Electrical Appliances: Heat emitting appliances like gas, ovens, and microwaves are best kept in the Southeast directions. TVs, audio, and video players are best located at the North, East, and Southeast of the room. Take note not to install electrical appliances in the Northeast corner of the room.

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