Frequently asked questions on Vaastu

More than 25 Questions answered.. Some of the questions may be relevant to you..

1.  We have bought a house recently, but we could not really keep Vaastu Shastra in mind. We have to name our house but we would like to keep a suitable name which we hope you can suggest as per Vaastu.

The name of your house is a very personal matter and should be kept keeping in view the aspirations of the family, your personal lifestyle and beliefs. Make a short list of names that fulfill the above criteria and then select one consciously. May the new house bring you harmony and abundance.

2. Entrance to my home is from east, kitchen is on south, bedroom on southwest, living room on southeast, dining room on northwest. Please advise on the application of vaastu to my kitchen.

The basic things you have to keep in mind should be as follows:

1.    Keep the Gas in the southeast corner of the kitchen

2.    Person should face the east while cooking.

3.    Drinking water should be in the northeast of the kitchen.

4.    Sink should be in the south portion of the kitchen.

5.    The kitchen shall be planned on the South East Corner of the Building. Next option is North East Corner.  In any case South West is not allowed.

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3. Could you suggest me Vaastu tips for the interior planning of my house?

For safe and sound interior planning of your house make sure that there is plenty of light, air with proper ventilation and minimum furniture.

Bed Room: The master bedrooms should be in the Southwest corner of the house. If the house has more than one floor, then it should be on the top-most floor. The ceiling should be level, this makes the energy of the room uniform, which in turn gives one a steady state of mind. Children’s room should be in the northwest or west side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms. Kitchen: The ideal place is the southeast corner of the building or a kitchen in the west of the building can also be tolerated.

Study Room: The best locations for this room are the north, west, northwest, east, and northeast. These directions attract the positive effects of Mercury for increasing brain power, Jupiter for increasing wisdom, Sun for increasing ambition and Venus helps in bringing about creativity in new thoughts and ideas.

Dining room: The dining room and kitchen should be on the same floor and it should be adjacent to the kitchen from the left. The entrance to the dining room and the main door should not be facing each other. The dining table should be square or rectangular in shape and should not be attached or folding against the wall.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms and toilets should be adjacent to the northeast corner. They should never be constructed in the center or in the southwest corner of the house.

Drawing Room: It should always be constructed towards the north. The rooms located in the northern part of the house should be bigger in size as that compared to the rooms in the southern part of the house. They should be shorter to them in height by one to three inches. This is an important rule of Vastu Shastra. Furniture should be square or rectangular in shape.

Store Room: If essential then the store room should be constructed in the southern part of the building, otherwise grain and other provisions can be stored in the kitchen or in other rooms and cupboards. Things should not be stored in diwans and box beds because it affects the magnetic environment of the self and the room causing sleeping disorders.

Waste Storage: Daily wastes from the kitchen should be kept covered in the southwest corner of the kitchen.

Height of Rooms: The rooms in the northern part of the house should be larger than the rooms in the southern side by 6-9 inches, and lower by 1-3 inches. Height of rooms should ideally be 12- 14 feet.

Doors/Windows: As far as doors are concerned, the main door should be larger than the inner doors and all doors should open towards the walls. All windows should be at least 3 feet 6 above ground level, and should be at the same level from the top. Window openings should be on the northern and eastern sides of the buildings.

4. What is the role of religion in Vaastu Shastra?

Vaastu Shastra is a metaphysical science – it has nothing to do with religion. It has proved over the years. Vaastu Shastra has imbibed religious overtones, but that does not seem to have been the original idea. The religious implications were probably inculcated by the proponents of the science, when they realized that the society of that time, being a God-fearing one, would not accept norms that strayed away from the notions of God.

5. Which deity is worshiped in Vaastu Shastra?

Religious icons have no place in science. The ancient text of Vaastu Shastra did mention various Gods from Hindu mythology fixing their locations on the site and prescribing the offerings to be made to them, but that also seems to have been a ploy created by ancient scientists to convince the people to accept the Vaastu norms. The nature of the particular segment of the property shall be resemble the nature of the God who is occupying that location. Generally as per modern engineering practice, this is some Code for the construction procedure to be adopted by all to make harmonious building in the society. Vaastu Mandala, where the Gods are supposed to be occupied can be treated to a highly powerful cosmic cycle. It has got several meanings in different mythological levels.

6. Vaastu Shastra is so superstitious, how can it be called a science?

Vaastu Shastra is a metaphysical science. In the age when it was formulated, the society was largely illiterate, the illiteracy generating a fear of the unknown. Science was beyond the realm of their understanding while religion was omnipresent. It was therefore simpler for the ancient Vaastu experts to spread the concepts of the Vaastu Shastra through the intricate network of religion and superstition. Unfortunately, as time passed only the superstitious filtered down the generations, while the actual theory eluded the world. In simple words, Vaastu Shastra helps us to make shelters in harmony with the Mother Earth and Nature. This will support the well being of the person himself and the society by influencing his attittude and actions.

7. Is Vaastu shastra relevant in the modern world?

All the ancient doctrines of Vaastu Shastra may not be applicable as such in the present scenario. Some of the tenets particularly show a strong social bias, which was relevant to the social structure which existed at that time. Such tenets have certainly lost their significance. However the fundamentals of the theory can be adapted to the modern world. Unfortunately, again most of the modern Vaastu exponents are also exploiting the layman ignorance and gullibility. That is why proper knowledge of common man will help him to survive against the so called exploitation of fraud Vaastu practitioners.

8. How does Vaastu Shastra work in apartment blocks?

It is a fact that the original Vaastu tenets prescribed the type of site and then specified the layout materials and construction techniques. In an urban milieu, one can hardly indulge in choosing dwelling sites. Thus the macro level implications can be successfully adapted to contemporary needs. A senior Vaastu consultant can help you.

9. How can Vaastu Shastra be applied to the commercial and industrial premises?

The original texts of Vaastu Shastra were confined to the architecture of temples, places and homes of the commoners. However, those very norms can be easily applied to other structures such as offices and industries. So if facing a particular direction brings in negative solar energy, the large machinery may be kept there to block it.

10. What if it is not possible to implement all the changes recommended by a Vaastu consultant?

It must first be noted that Vaastu Shastra is not a religion. However God-fearing you may be, you should not feel threatened by Vaastu Shastra because it is a science. Science does not condemn God, or disprove its identity but it does not accept it. Vaastu Shastra is the science of structure, formulated to help us live in tune with nature. It does not give solutions to your domestic or financial problems. A Vaastu consultant assesses your home or work place, and suggests changes that will improve it’s Vaastu compliance. If the assessment has been done in a systematic manner, it is obvious that implementing the more negative elements should yield substantially positive effects. Very often, merely changing the orientation of the interior fixture helps in achieving a Vaastu-positive environment.

11. What is the ideal plot/house?

The ideal plot is the one whose length and breadth are same and ideally facing each side of plot to exact north direction, south direction, east direction and west direction, and the house constructed in this plot shall also be ideal. If utility rooms are constructed as per the norms of Vaastu Shastra the foundation should be 9 feet but due to the construction of sky rise multi-story buildings coming up, the depth of foundation shall depend on the load bearing capacity of soil, the number of storeys that are going to be constructed and the materials used. As per Manushyalacandrika, 12m is an ideal minimum width of the plot. Length is governed by Legnth Breadth proportions.

12. Why directions are important in Vastu Shastra?

The Sun, as our ancestors revealed, is the only source of light and heat for human and other living beings. It directs and sustains life on earth. Therefore, the Sun, the rising Sun is like God, and its direction of rising is considered pious and is taken as a point of reference. If we face the rising sun, the facing direction is called East, behind us shall be West, our left hand denotes North direction and right hand denotes South direction. Therefore, the effect of the direction affects the building/house constructed therein. Also the movement of the Earth in the Solar system is from West to East and is governed by directions. The dwellings or houses in the Earth, like the travellers in a moving Bus should sit in proper directions. If you sit in an inclined direction (vidik), it will create uneasiness to us. So houses constructed facing the corner directions are not auspicious. All houses should face the cardinal directions such as North, East, West or South.

13. What is the best direction of the house?

An auspicious direction for the house/building to face is the east or north direction. This is subject to other factors laid down as per Vaastu Shastra. Other directions are also not bad. The function of the house and the inmates in the house decide the direction of the house.

14. What should be the proportion of length and breadth of house?

Ideally, the proportion of length and breadth should be 1:1, but it is used for temples only. We can adopt any other ratio which is satisfactory as per padayoni principles and calculations.

15. Does the size of rooms affect the fortune of the persons residing?

Yes, the length, breadth or both effect the fortune of inmates. Try to avoid Paicacha measurements for your room as per Ayadi Shadvarga Calculations. An expert in Vaastu can help you to calculate the auspicious dimentions for you.

16. What are the main factors to be considered regarding the door of the house?

As per Vastu Shastra, the number of doors and windows of a house should be even in number. When we construct doors, make sure that the frame and the shutter shall be of the same type of wood.

17. Will the facing of the main door be decided through Vaastu?

Yes, the zodiac sign of the owner of the house, on whose name the deed of the house is made can be taken as reference and according to zodiac sign of the owner, the main door can be fixed. But since the houses are used generation after generation and in every generation the owner of house is changed the main door if fitted as per the location of plot and road abutting.

18. How and why do inhabitants residing in FSI based constructed buildings face problems?

A. Residential Flats are being constructed like pigeon boxes. No open space is left in front of the main entrance door. If one door of a flat opens fully (outside which again is against Vaastu rules) another adjacent flat-owner will not be able to open his Main Entrance door fully. Then we observe that door is spliced into two parts 1/3 & 2/3 is recommended. The real problems start here. Nowhere in the ancient literature, is the splitting of the main entrance door in portion 1/3 & 2/3. Kitchen is health and kitchens in such flats are not designed as per the tenets and rules of Vaastu Shastra. Many a time, we observe that toilets in such flats are located in northeast. A family having a toilet in the northeast region of their place of residence will not be able to prosper in life.

19. What are the planets associated with the directions in Vaastu Shastra ?

East   – Ravi  (Sun)

South East  –  Shukra ( Venus)

South  – Angaraka  (Mars)

South West  –  Rahu(Dragon’s Head)

West  –  Shani (Saturn)

North West  –  Chandra (Moon)

North  –  Budha (Mercury)

North East  –  Guru Ketu (Jupiter Dragon’s Tail)

More details of the directions are as follows..

EAST: Indra is the ruling deity of the east. He was born out of Brahma’s mouth and is capable of destroying enemies. He can appear in any form as per his wishes. He is also the lord of rains and has the wind as his assistant. Increment in wealth, cereals and animal stock can be effected through worshipping Indra. Indra is also the king of the heaven. Elephant Airavat is Indra’s vehicle and Vajra (lightning) in his weapon.

The east is also the abode of gods like Surya, Agni, Indra, Jayant, Ish, Parjanya, Satya, Bhup and Akash.

The east is also known as a direction of lineage. During the construction of the house, some portion must be left open in the east. It leads to long life for the owner.

WEST: The west is the opposite of the east. No work can progress in the west. Varun (Neptune) is the lord of this direction, which is under the influence of sage Agastya. The sea is the abode of Varun (Neptune). He therefore has most influence on the water bodies. A proper utilization of westerly portion of plot leads to reputation, fame, prosperity and success for the owner.

NORTH: Kuber is the lord of this direction. Literally, Kuber means the one who controls the imminent events and causes increments. He has inaccessible wealth and property. Kuber is the king of Yakshas and Kinnars and is a friend of Rudra (Shiva). Kailash is the abode of Kuber who has three legs, eight hands and a yellow dot in place of eyes.

Mercury is the planet that rules the north. It is more influential in the dark phase of every lunar month. North is a also an abode of the gods like Kuber, Diti, Aditi, Shail, Naga and Bhallat, etc.

North is also a place of mother. Leaving some portion open in north leads to prosperity of maternal side as well as provides wealth, comforts, peace etc. for the owner.

SOUTH: Yama is the lord of this direction. He is the son of Surya and is hostile towards Vishnu. Nakshatra Bharani is the most important for him. During the last eight days of the lunar months of Ashwin and Kartika this nakshatra is more influential. South direction weakens human life, hence all the auspicious tasks are forbidden in the south. South is also an abode of the gods like Yama, Gandharvas, Mriga, Pusha, Vitath and Kshat. In all the south direction yields nothing but mourning, depression and pain.

AGNEYA (SOUTHEAST): Direction that lies midway between the east and the south is known as Agneya (southeast). Agni (fire) is the lord of this direction. He is the preserver and defender of every being. Agni also carries the message of people who worship and offer oblations with devotion to God.

Worshippers of Agni are economically strong and long living. Agni himself takes care of the people who make offerings into him. Agni also provides them with comfort, peace, prosperity and progeny.

While constructing a house, the first pillar must be erected in the southeast direction. Alternatively, kitchen of the house should occupy a place in this direction. This is the foremost and an important rule of VASTU Shastra. First day of every month also represents the element fire.

A warm Agneya direction makes a man healthy, whereas a faulty use makes the owner short tempered.

NAIRITYA (SOUTHWEST): It lies midway between the south and the west directions. Nairitya is the ruling lady of this direction. Literally, Nairitya means repeated happening – whether be it the birth of a baby or any other event. It also means that anything not done at proper time can’t have a repetition. If the house is built in this direction, the home suffers continuous decay.

The southwest portion of the house should never be left open, nor should a pit be dug in this direction. This direction is an abode of demons and ghosts. To prevent the accumulation of inauspicious and pain causing things, digging of pit in southwest is prohibited. If for some reason, digging is necessary it should be covered as early as possible or a sapling be planted in its place.

VAYAVYA (NORTHWEST): It lies mid way between the west and the north. Vayu (wind) is the lord of this direction. Five kinds of Vayu – Prana, Upana, Samana, Vyana and Udana, are necessary for human life. Hanumana and Bheema are the representations of Vayu. Those who worship Vayu in the form of Hanumana get their desired results at once.

Northwest angle is the progenitor of friendship or enmity. Hence, a faulty use of this portion of plot may result in a majority of enemies. If you use this angle of your plot wisely and flawlessly, you will have many friends who will undoubtedly benefit you.

ISHANYA (NORTHEAST): The angle that lies midway between north and the east is known as Ishanya (northeast) direction. Shiva is the lord of this angle. Pashupat is the weapon of Shiva. Nakshatra Ardra is the symbol of Lord Shiva. Semul (silk-cotton) tree is considered auspicious in this direction.

Worshipping of the ruling God of this direction yields many virtues in the life of the worshipper. The portion of the house in this direction must be kept holy for it yields many kinds of divine powers to the owner. Proper utilization of this portion of house provides wealth, reputation, property and every kind of excellence for the owner. A faulty utilization of this angle, however, may block successful continuation of progeny.

20. Does Vaastu contain anything that relates to the color of paint on the interior walls?

It certainly does, the interior is one of the biggest parts of the house. Here is what Vaastu Shastra says about interiors:

1.    Bright colors should not be used in the house.

2.    Cold and light colors should be used for painting the house.

3.    Paintings or photographs depicting war, sad faces, birds like owl, crow, pigeon, erotic pictures, etc. should not be used for decoration in the house.

21. Are there any conventions prescribed by Vaastu Shastra that pertain to doors?

Anything that is an essential part of a home, is inscribed in the Vaastu Shastra. Doors, in every sense, convey a lot of pertinent attributes about a house. Here are a few that Vaastu defines:

1.    The Main-Gate should have two panels.

2.    The main door should not open inside the house.

3.    The doors in the house should not be noisy. The total number of doors, windows and ventilators in the house should be even in number for eg. 2, 4, 6 etc. but should not end with a 0 i.e. 10, 20, etc. If the front door frame is painted black, then the owner might have to face hardship.

4.    If the door has cracks or is too old, then the owner will have a tough time gaining respect in society. The frame and the shutter shall be of the same kind of wood.

22. What are the things that are to be kept in mind while selecting a plot?

A. The major factors to be kept in mind while selecting a plot are:

1.    Geographical surroundings,

2.    Level of the land,

3.    and Roads around the plot.

23. Does Vastu Shastra apply to boundary walls as well?

Vaastu Shastra holds the conviction that the boundary walls are an effective way of containing the energy level and the magnetic field of the plot. The wall should be thick and high in the western and the southern directions. In the north and the east a smaller, thinner wall is desired.

24. What role does soil play in the selection of a plot?

According to Vaastu Shastra, a plot with soil that has a large salt content is considered to be inauspicious. The ground water table should be minimum 10-12′ below the existing ground level and maximum 30′. It should not have any sanitary back-filled or reclaimed soil or rubbish, bones, hair and other filthy material. The soil should be fertile and free from any decrepit or dead material.

25. Does the magnetic field of the earth have anything to do with Vastu Shastra?

Yes. Most Certainly. The magnetic field of the earth plays and important role while formulating Vaastu Shastra which can significantly influence human life. According to Vaastu Shastra, one should never keep his/her head towards the north while lying as it obstructs the circulatory system causing irregular sleep, tension, paranoia and other mental problems. The magnetic fields of the same poles repel each other while the opposite attracts each other, therefore a person should keep his/her head towards the south or east

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