The term Vastu-Sastra
has been in use to denote the compendium of architectural knowledge not only of
buildings and their constituents, but also of the construction of markets,
towns, streets, drains, sewers, bridges, ferries, ports, wells, bath-tanks, reservoirs,
dams, embankments, parks, gate ways, arches, ladders, flights of steps to
hill-tops and so on. As another term for Silpasastra the knowledge of
iconography and sculpture, VŚ was meant to deal with the art and craft of all
artefacts like bedsteads, couches, palanquins, wardrobes, baskets, cages,
nests, lamps, costumes, coiffures, crowns and ornaments. This prescriptive
compendium was also to deal with matters such as the features of the ideal
site, soil conditions, planning and designing besides various normative factors
such as gnomonic and astrological calculations.
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It is well known that
there is a long history of architectural practices in the Indian subcontinent,
an advanced phase of which goes back to the Indus Valley Civilisation of c.
3000 BC. The houses in Mohanjo-daro consisted of rooms spaced irregularly
around one or more open courtyards, which were often paved with baked bricks.
They were imposing structures. The open central space would have provided light
in the absence of large windows in the external walls. All that could not
withstand the ravages of time are lost and consummated back in the earth.
monumental structures of the Buddhists and Jain monastic establishments besides
the Hindu temples have survived to our times as brilliant testimonies of Indian
architecture, almost entirely anterior to the extant VŚ texts that are dated to
c.6th century AD and after. Monuments at Sanchi, Sarnath, Amaravati, Barhut,
Ajanta, Ellora, Aurangabad, Bhaja, Karle, Kanheri, and Andheri are examples.
These structures in stone actually indicate how accomplished was the wooden
architecture, for their concepts, designs, plans, constituents and features
look like facsimiles of woodwork. They remain the enduring testimony of the
amazing level of perfection achieved by the architectural designers, masons,
craftsmen and artisans of early India. It is on the basis of these umpteen
monuments the architectural knowledge of India became explicitly coded and
गृह वास्तुशास्त्र : Home Architecture
The temple architecture of India represents the continuation of the Buddhist and Jain designs, plans,
and principles as adapted to the Āgamic cosmology, mode of worship and
iconography. It has been claimed that VŚ is an offshoot of Atharvaveda that is
generally assigned c.800 – 500 BC. Nevertheless, the extant texts are not of
that antiquity. Scholars have classified traditional Indian architecture into
three schools, viz; the nagara, dravida and vesara with their own prescriptive
We all hope for the
best always and pray for calmness, peace and prosperity in our homes. Staying
positive and praying is one thing but have you ever thought what else can be
done to achieve all your life-goals and attract peace, positivity? Vastu is the
answer. It is an ancient and traditional form of Indian architecture. The
fundamentals of Vastu-science circle around the various sources of energies,
solar and celestial included. Balancing these energies is the key to bringing
in success and peace to you and your loved ones.
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Vastu takes into
account the layout, design, measurements and spatial geometrical coordinates to
create an aura of harmony and peace in your home. It is one of the things that
truly makes your “house” a “home”. While constructing a house, if one ensures
that the construction goes on in accordance with the Vastu preferences,
negative energies will never be able to set foot in such houses. The same is
true when one moves into a new house. All it takes is a Vastu expert and a few
little arrangements and alignments of the items to give the house a
The system is believed
to be a divinely ordained system and has a deity as its God. He is called Vastu Devata or Vastu Purusha.
The body of Vastu
Purusha remains the place of residence of many Gods, and mythology gives an
account of this unusual phenomenon. Vastu Purusha emerged out of the sweat of
Lord Shiva in a large human form. However, when he started causing serious
trouble to the Devas, the heavenly beings were forced to come together, bring
him under control, and press him down forcefully with his face to the ground.
However, realizing that this entity was created only for the benefit of the
world, they calmed him down, bestowed him with blessings and made his body
itself their place of stay. Thus, Vastu Purusha is not merely a single
divinity, but a unified form of many Gods spread all over his body.
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As many as 45 Gods are
believed to reside in Vastu Purusha’s physical frame, with Lord Brahma, the
creator occupying the all-important central portion of the body. This location
is known as the Brahmastan and is regarded as perhaps the most significant
aspect of the Vastu principles. Of the total number of Gods, 13 are residing in
the middle parts of the body and 32, at the corners. The different parts of
Vastu Purusha’s body are thus said to represent the different Gods they arehousing.
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It is Shiva who
occupies the head portion and Brahma, the place behind the navel. As far as
other deities are concerned, Parjanya and Diti stay in both the ears; Apadeva,
above the throat; Ayarma and Prithwidhar in the breasts; Jaya and Aditi in
shoulders; Apavatsa above the heart; Savitra and Savita in the upper right
arms; Rudra and Dudradas in the lower right arms; Mrityu and Mitra in the
thighs; Indra and Jaya in the private parts; Agni and Roga, above the knees;
Nandi, Sugreeva, Asur, Kshona, Pusha, Varun, Papa and Yakshma in the blood
vessels of the legs, and Pitra in both the heels. All these 45 deities have
their specific mantras dedicated to them too.
The principles of
Vaastu, connect the individual home with the subtle laws of nature, such as
energy grid of the earth, beneficial earth energies, and cosmic energies from
the sun. They also align the home with the five elements of earth, water, fire,
air, and space, which are called the Panchabhutas as per Vedic
traditions. Each of these five basic elements is energetically associated with
a particular cardinal direction. This is not an arbitrary alignment but an
acceptance of the subtle laws of nature. By honouring the various elements and
their primal energies, we live in greater harmony with nature.
पांच भौतिकम् : Five Elements of Treatment (Air, Water, Earth, Fire and Sky)
The earth element is
associated with the south-west direction and is the best choice for locating
the master bedroom. This also reinforces the position of the head of a family
and acts like a solid and grounding element to the entire family.
Tip: Placing plants and
having rocks or hills in this direction will prove beneficial.
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Northeast is the
direction where the energy waves of the water element collect. This makes it
the best place for locating indoor and outdoor water features and bodies –
swimming pools, fountains, ponds, mini waterfalls and aquariums.
Tip: Water is
frequently used as a metaphor for pure consciousness in the Vedic tradition.
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The fire element is
predominant in the south-east, so it is best for locating kitchens, computers
and other electrical appliances. Digestion and transformation are also the
realms of Agni.
Tip: To aid and honour
this element, light diyas and non-toxic candles, always starting from the
south-east of your home.
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The air element is
liveliest in the north-west, so place your air coolers and air conditioners,
and wind chimes in this area. The concept of movement, in general, is
associated with this element and direction.
Tip: To enjoy the
benefits of the prana in the air, try and practice pranayama. Sitting down,
preferably with the windows open, will bring fresh air into your body and into
the space surrounding it.
This element is
directly linked to sound and silence. Akasha (ether) is the expansiveness in
the centre of your home, the elements of energy and dynamic space dominate
The centre of every
space is called the Brahmasthan – the interface between the seen and the
unseen, the manifest and the un-manifest.
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Tip: Avoid placing a
heavy object in this area. Honour the Brahmasthan by keeping it clear and
clean, a revered space for life to flourish.
This is the only space
in the house that serves as an open playground to a variety of energies
entering your home. It is so because all the guests and other family members
usually gather in the living room and they carry a variety of energies with
them, some positive and some negative. One must ensure that only positive
energy stays inside the house. Vastu suggests that the host must face the North
or East when guests visit. And guests must be seated opposite to the host. This
can be achieved by a simple seating arrangement change. Also, all electronic
items must face south, the direction of fire. That will ensure the best and
positive energy flows into your house.
A bedroom is the most
important room in every house and it must stay full of positive aura, round the
clock. Vastu suggests that the bedroom door must open to a maximum of 90%,
always. It is important for channeling positivity into the room. While you
sleep, your head must face south as it is the most calming and comfortable
direction. De-clutter your bedroom and only have the stuff you absolutely need.
Free and abundant flow of light and air in the bedroom is again an
The best Vastu-favored
corner to set up any kitchen is that “South-West” corner. Or else, the
“North-West” corner works just as fine. All burners and stoves must face south
while the drinking water should always be positioned in the northeast side.
Owing to spinning drastically different energies, try setting up the kitchen as
far away from the bedroom as possible.
A Pooja room is one of
the most important and auspicious places in any house. More or less, a Pooja
room serves like an engine that drives and circles various energies throughout
the house. It is, therefore, imperative that special care is taken while
designing and placing the Pooja room. As per Vastu, the best and most
auspicious direction and place for the Pooja room is the north-east corner of your
house. If north-east placement is not feasible, it can be set up in the east or
the west side of the house. Once set up as per Vastu, the Pooja room keeps
driving harmonious vibes throughout the house which in turn heightens the
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Cash/Money is what
makes the world go around. It is directly related to our social status,
prosperity, harmony and abundance. Our emotions are so deeply connected with
money that for us Indians, money is not just an instrument to buy or possess
material and worldly things. Our culture hails money as a form of goddess Lakshmi. We pray for money and it is, more or less, a part of our religious
beliefs. Hence, it is extremely important to have our money/cash box placed as
per Vastu to keep the money flowing in. A cash locker must always be placed
close to the south-west or the southern wall in a room. It is important to
ensure that the locker open towards the north. It is because the Lord Kuber is
considered to be residing in the northern direction. When we repeatedly open
the locker in the Lord’s direction, the gracious god refills it every single time.
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Location or placement
are of paramount importance in Vastu-Shastra. For the optimum confluence of the
best of energies, every room has been marked to be located in particular spots
as per Vastu. For instance, the main entrance of the house must face east, the
rising-side of the Sun. It is to allow the positive light enter and grace your
house. It is ideal to cook facing the east side in a south-east located
kitchen. This setup is the easiest recipe for happiness. While the bedrooms
must occupy the south-west corners, bathrooms must necessarily be built in the
northwest corners. In many cases, following the Vastu suggestions is tedious
sometimes. But there’s nothing to fret about. These suggestions are more of
guidelines rather than “do-or-die” rules. An expert’s opinion in terms of Vastu
usually goes a long way.
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