An age old technique involving both art
and science, Vastu Shastra can be defined as the
Indian system of architecture and design of Vedic
origin. The word Vastu stands for dwelling of humans
and Gods. According to Hindu practice, buildings
should be constructed as per the directions mentioned
in the vastu shastra, to attain complete harmony with
natural forces for well being of humanity.
different directions and sectors of a house are
assigned to different Gods and Guardians. These
sectors, when constructed according to the nature of
the God, lead to complete harmony and bring in
prosperity, good thought and sound health to people
living inside. Some of the important parts of the
house have been listed in the following lines, along
with the idyllic direction.
Vastu Shastra Directions
Southwest side is the ideal position for the bedroom. A room in
the south would not only be congenial, but also work for comfort
living. In case your house has an upper storey, make sure that its
southwest portion houses the master bedroom.
Children room in the northwest side or in the west side is
considered ideal. The room not only acts favorably in terms of
health of the children. For developing better concentration in
children, make sure they have a separate study close to their
The right location of the kitchen insures favorable health of the
family. Ideally, since southeast side is the residing place of
Agni or the God of Fire, the kitchen should also be placed in the
The perfect position to study would be facing the north, east or
the northeast side. These directions attract the positive effects
of different planets - Mercury increases brain power, Jupiter
enhances wisdom, Sun raises ambition and Venus helps in bringing
about creativity in new thoughts and ideas.
Ideally, east is the perfect place for the bathroom. When it comes
to attached bathroom, one in the north or east side would be
favorable. Shower, bathing tub and wash basin in the bathroom may
be in the Northeast, or the North or the East direction. Do not
have bathroom in the center or southwest corner of the house.
Drawing rooms can be in the northeast or northern or eastern
side of the room. Avoid having drawing room in the southwest
portion. Keep the northeast corner of the drawing room vacant.
Store room can be in the northwest or southwest portion of the
house. It is best to store heavy things in the southwest of the
storeroom. Garbage can be collected in the southern side of the
At the time of sleeping, make sure that you have head towards
the South Pole and legs towards the North Pole. However,
sleeping with head in the east and legs in the west is also
favorable and brings in mental peace, good thoughts and