A Multi Disciplinary Approach To Vaastu Energy


Vastu For Plots

Vastu Guidelines for Land or Plot Selection

Relax and walk on the land. Close your eyes and do some deep breathing. Gradually begin to feel the rays and vibrations which that land would be emitting. If you feel good and happy it means the land has positive energy. Call it the first test. It is now necessary to further check the energy of the land. Vastu prescribes several traditional methods which are in practice even now and yield correct results.

Method 1: The Water Test

Dig a pit of size 45 cm wide x 45 cm long x 45 cm deep (18" x 18" x 18") and fill it with water. Wait for 3 minutes and observe the water. If the ground soaks the water and leaves it 15 cm or less, then the land is of low grade and should not be considered. If the remaining water is up to 30 cm deep, then it is of a medium grade. One may consider buying it if no other choice is available. If the water is marginally absorbed by the soil then it is of a high grade and should be considered for purchase.

A clockwise movement of water in the pit indicates a positive movement of energy in the land. If the water is not much absorbed by the soil and also moves clockwise, such a plot should be purchased even at a higher cost.

If the water moves anticlockwise, the land has negative movement of energy and the inhabitants will suffer losses, failures, accidents, or even premature death. Such a plot should be avoided.

Method 2: Seed Germination Test

Basil seeds are spread on the ground, watered and allowed to germinate. Basil is an auspicious plant and can grow only on land with positive energy. If these seeds germinate, then the land has positive energy, If they do not germinate, then the land should be avoided.

Method 3: The Smell-Taste-Colour Test

Remove the top soil and pick some soil from below. If it smells like decomposed organic matter it means that the land has bad energy. A good plot always emits a soft sweet smell. Vastu has categorised soil according to its colour and taste into four categories.

White soil which tastes sweet and smells good is suitable for people who pursue intellectual profession: teachers, preachers, artists, poets, musicians, intellectuals, writers, software professionals, consultants, analysts etc.

Red soil with strong smell and bitter taste is suitable for those who are engaged with agencies engaged in legal justice, administration and maintenance of law and order. This category includes government employees, public servants, armed forces personnel, policemen, administrators etc.

Yellowish or Greenish soil with a light smell and sour taste suits businessmen, bankers, sharebrokers, and all those who are involved in commercial activities and from the world of finance.

Black dark soil with a bitter taste and pungent smell suits all others.

Plot's location in relation to road

One side opened plot, facing south and having path in the same direction. Such a southerly located path is assumed to be a path of Yama (the deity of death), hence buying such plot is unadvisable.

Plot facing south with ways on two sides (south and east). This location is considered good. Occupant of such a plot is a successful businessman or physician. Only one way is in use here.

Three side open, south facing plot with entrance in the south. This location is considered excellent for the iron merchants. New generations flourish well in such plots.

Four side open plot with entrance facing south. Such location is excellent for shops of betel leaves and electronic goods. It should have entrance in one side only.

One side open plot with entrance facing north, is considered excellent for householders. Middle class families live specially happy in such plots. It too has only one entrance.

Two sides open plot with entrance facing north is also excellent for the householders. Occupants live here peacefully. This plot too has only one entrance.

Three-side open plot with entrance facing north is excellent for commercial purposes. Cinema halls can be run successfully on such plots. It is also ideal for hotels and restaurants. It has only one entrance.

Four-side open plot with entrance facing north, is excellent for businessmen and householders alike. Occupants experience all round development. It has only one entrance. One-side open plot with entrance facing the east. Such location is excellent. It's occupants remain free from diseases life long.

Shape of Plot

A plot of land is the first and foremost prerequisite of a building. While selecting a plot of land, you must be very careful regarding its shape and the omens related to it.


Rectangular (in which opposite sides are equal) shape of the plot yields perfection in every field, square shape yields wealth, circular shape of plot yields intelligence while Bhadrakar (many rectangular plots of land connected to one-another with their lengths decreasing sequentially while maintaining the basic shape) land proves beneficial in all ways for the occupant.

Perfect square or perfect rectangular shape of the plot is considered as best for construction of the home. All the four angles of the plot must be exactly of 90 degrees. Though a parallel tetragon has all the four angles, still plots with such shape are not suitable for making home. A perfectly rectangular shaped plot is also auspicious for making home, but its length ought to be one and a half times more than it's breadth.

Such a rectangular plot of land that is elongated more in north-south directions than east-west is known as Suryabhedi (dissected by the Sun.)

If the walls are longer in north-south and east-west directions, the plot in question is known as Chandrabhedi (dissected by the moon). If home is built on such plot, clan of the owner does not continue.

Apart from these, there are many shapes (though highly uncommon) in which plots are classified.

These shapes and their effects are as follows:

Shape Effect
Spiral Abject poverty
Uneven Mourning
Triangular Torture from the state
Cart-shaped Loss of wealth
Rod-shaped Loss of animal wealth.
Winnower-like Loss of cattle stock
Bow-shaped Fears of particular things
Octagonal Gives pains and sufferings
Bucket like Excess of debts
Barrel shaped Loss of wealth
Like beak of a crow Gives wealth
Angular plot Disputes and quarrels
Capsule shaped Mixed results
Triangular shaped Obstacles in collecting money
H-shaped Inauspicious
Temple shaped Happiness in poverty
T-Shaped Different kinds of upheavals
Fan-shaped Dire economic condition, the owner may take to begging.

The surroundings

The land should be away from a graveyard, mausoleum, cremation ground, or any site of last human rites.

Avoid a land which is opposite or next to a hospital or a nursing home.

A plot adjacent or opposite to a religious institution like a church, a temple or a mosque is considered unsuitable for any residential, institutional or commercial purpose.

A small plot which has two large plots on either side, seems compressed between them should be avoided. Such a plot will attract miseries and misfortunes.

The plot should not be near a garbage dump or a waste disposal site.

A plot which is next to a hospital, or faces a hospital is influenced by the diseased energy of the hospital.

Directions of the plot

Ideally the plot should face the cardinal directions (E-W or N-S). A twist upto 12 degrees is permitted. A diagonal plot (whose corners meet at E-W or N-S the plot) should be rejected. Such a plot invites confusion and miseries to the owner and his family.

Perforations or Pores

In VAASTU Shastra, perforation or pore means obstacle that arises due to faulty construction. These obstacles should not be mistaken with physical obstacles. These are purely metaphysical in nature, but have far reaching consequences on the occupants of the house. A house, thus built investing earnings of whole life may appear attractive from outside, but its occupants have no peace of mind. A few of such obstacles (perforations) are discussed here:

1) Obstacle due to Door: This blocks free movement of air and the Sun. Because of it, occupants fail to fully harness the goodness of the Sun and fresh air.

2) Obstacle due to Orientation: Orientation of the house must not be fixed arbitrarily in any of the four directions - east, west, north and south. If a house is built with its orientation in any arbitrary direction, it may lead to loss of wealth and clan. If you have slightest doubt regarding auspiciousness of any direction, do not extend your house in that direction.

Even when you are planning to get your old house demolished and builds a new one in its place, do not violate the orientation and directions of the old house, or you will suffer obstacles due to faulty orientation.

3) Obstacle due to Angle/Corner: All the four corners of a house must have exact right angles. If any of these corners is less than or more than the right angle, such situation causes obstacles due to faulty angles or corners.
If a corner of a house falls exactly in front of the gate of another house, this also causes obstacle due to corners. If a house has three, five or more corners, it also suffers from obstacles due to faulty corners. Occupants of a house with faulty corners face untimely death, extra-ordinary diseases and extermination of clan.

What can you do to correct obstacles?

  • Don't make a door at the centre of the house or at any joint.
  • If the house doesn't have more storeys, don't give a backdoor.
  • There should not be highway crossing, well, pond, gutter, corner of another house, big tree, pole peg, garage etc. in front of the main gate. These are not good from the security's point of view.
  • There should not be standing water or mud in front of the main gate. Such things cause obstacle to free passage and weaken the foundation.
  • Obstacles due to peg: There should not a peg right in front of the gate to tether cow, goat or any other animal.
  • Creaking sound: Creaking sound that is generated by the movement of the doors, is also a bad omen.
  • Obstacle due to well: A well, man hole and water tank situated in front of the main gate or the house casting its shadow on it, is also an obstacle.
  • There should not be an oil expeller or gutter right in front of the main gate. Such thing indicates grave calamity.
  • Doors of the house should not vary in height, for then they cause serious obstacles.
  • Ladder or staircase right facing the main gate is also an obstacle.

N.B.: It should be noted here if the obstacle is situated at a distance double than the height of the house, it's faults are removed. If there is a wall between the obstacle and the courtyard, the obstacle has no effect. Similarly if a through fare crosses between the house and the obstacle, the latter is rendered ineffective.

  • Obstacle due to Pillar: If there is a single column or pillar common between the two adjoining rooms, it causes enemity among the occupants. Each room must have its separate column. Also there should not be a column facing a door.
  • Obstacles due to learing: Such houses as attract learing gazes from the passers-by appear deserted with eerie atmosphere are said to have obstacles due to lear and sneers.
  • Obstacle due to hole: No space, even the size of a needle's eye, must be left open at the backside of the house. There should be no hole on the back wall also. Such openings facilitate the entry of ghosts and demonic forces and pose danger of theft.
  • Obstacles due to portraits: Never adorn the walls of your living or any other room with portraits of tiger, lion, dog, panther, leopard, crow, owl, vulture, falcon or spooks, demons and war scenes for these cause serious obstacles.
  • Obstacles due to sculptures: Sculptures of above mentioned creatures also produce similar obstacles.
  • If both the storeys of a house are exactly the same in height, the situation causes obstacles. Such situation causes disintegration of the family. Hence, the upper storey must be kept about 1/12th part shorter in height than the lower one.

Obstacles due to Trees

If there is a big tree right in front of the main gate, the situation causes serious obstacles. The older the tree, serious are the threats. Such trees, if fall ever by chance, will cause great harm to the house. Such a tree also weakens the foundation and there are dangers to be struck by lightning during thunderstorm.

Falling of shadow of a tree on a house, building, factory, etc. for more than a quarter of the day is also inauspicious. Such situation causes demonic virtues and serious diseases.

Presence of fruiting or thorny trees in the vicinity of house is also inauspicious. Thorny trees cause pains, while fruit trees pose danger of theft.

Planting of banana, lavender, Champak (laurel), Ashok etc. at the main gate or along the boundary-wall is auspicious.

As per the scriptures, planting of Banyan in the eastern side of the house, sycamore in the southern side, Peepal in the western side and Pakur in the northern side, is considered as auspicious provided that the house is facing east.

Planting of basil sapling in the courtyard is extremely auspicious and important religiously.

Obstacles due to Flag

If the shadow of a temple's flag falls on the house, the situation causes many obstacles. Because of casting of shadow of the temple's flag on the house or vicinity of the house to a temple, the house comes under the domain of the ruling deity of the temple. Many things like toilet, bathroom, mensus in women, mating, childbirth etc. are common in households, but forbidden in the domain of the temple, and the occupants have to bear huge losses as a result. Ideally a house must be situated at least one hundred feet away from a temple. Similarly, a house must be situated away from the shadow of the hills and the trees. But these last two conditions do not apply to the houses in mountainous region.

Obstacles due to Location

Obstacles due to location arise if there is a home of washers, hearth of a blacksmith, flour-mill or home of a childless couple just in front of the house. If there is a cremation site or parking place for the hearse carriers near the house, it faces grave obstacles due to location.

Obstacles due to Path

It is also an inauspicious sign if a house, factory or industry is flanked by a pond on one side and by garbage incineration site on the other. If such a building is situated at the junction of three paths, it is also considered inauspicious.

If a hill, huge stone or other unwanted hurdles face the main gate, the owner of the house experiences great obstacles at every step of his life.

If the two houses have a common entrance, their occupants experience serious miseries.

Presence of a pond, particularly triangular in shape, just in front of the main gate indicates bad omen.

If the boundary wall of a factory or shop is higher than the main building, the situation poses serious obstacles to the business. Owner of such premises is unable to raise capital beyond a certain limit.

Presence of ruins in front of a house, factory or industry is not an auspicious sign. Sighting of such ruins daily leads the person to fall ultimately forcing closure of his running business.

Spearing roads

Roads, streets and lanes are also channels of strong energy currents which can hit a house. A plot at the end of a dead-end lane is hit by this spearing energy with devastating pranic effects to harm the positive energy of the plot. Such roads or streets are called Vedh.

Expert call them spearing roads. Not all spearing roads are bad. There are several types of Spears of which 4 are good. If a plot has streets coming from either of these directions ( ENE, NNE, WNW and SSE), it is good. A plot with all other spearing roads should be avoided.

Dead End streets

A plot at the end of a dead-end road keeps on accumulating the highly negative energy which shoots down the lane all the time. This accumulated manifests into chronic illness or untimely death of its occupants and the owner.

Remedial measures and cures should be applied immediately to such plots.

Plot Shape

An ideal plot is a square plot with all corners at 90 degrees.

For a rectangular plot it's length: width ratio should not exceed 1:2.

A N-S long rectangular plot is preferred to an E-W long plot as it receives more sunlight.

Round, semi-circular plots, triangular plots, rhomboid plots, plots of other odd shapes should be rejected.

If a plot has an extended NE corner it is considered lucky.

High Pressure Plot

If a plot is wider at the front and narrower at the rear, then it accumulates energy. Such a plot is unfit for building a house. However, it may be used for a factory, warehouse, transport shed, railroad station, bus stand, police station or other functional buildings which may have a high level of activity. However, it is advisable to consult a Vastu expert about such a plot before taking a final decision.

Low Pressure Plot

If a plot is narrow in the front and wider at the back, then it is a low pressure plot. Such a plot is very suitable for building a residence, home for elders, hospital, school, meditation center etc. But here too, it is advisable to consult a Vastu expert about such a plot before taking a final decision.

Testing of land from the surface

From the appearance of the surface land is divided into four categories:

1) Elephant's back, 2) Turtle's back, 3) Demon's back and 4) Serpent's back.

1) Elephant's Back: The land which is somewhat elevated in the south, south-west, west or north-west directions is known as elephant's back. Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is said to inhabit such land. The occupants, naturally, grow rich and enjoy long life on such a land.

2) Turtle's Back: The land, which is elevated in the middle and shallow all around, is known as Turtle's back. Inhabitation on such land leads to greater enthusiasm, luxuries and accumulation of wealth for the occupants.

3) Demon's Back: The land which is elevated in north-east, east and south-west directions is known as Demon's back. Inhabitation on such a land leads to loss of wealth and children.

4) Serpent's Back: The land, which is elongated in east-west directions and elevated in north and south directions is known as Serpent's back. Inhabitants on such land meet untimely death. They also lose their wives, sons etc. and have lot of enemies.

Plot Topography

There are six types of plot topography which are discussed in Vastu
Vastu Name of Plot Description Effect upon it's occupants Remarks
Deerghayu Lower NE end and raised SW end Success in all ventures, Best possible plot  
Bhooit-vidhik Raised NE side and depressed SW side Owner will suffer from poverty, in fights, litigations, ill health. Plot needs rectification
Gaja-prushtha Entire Western side is high and entire Eastern side is low

Confers happiness, long life, prosperity and success in life


Kurma Prushtha Raised in center like a tortoise' back Excellent plot  
Daitya Prustha High E, SE, NE sloping towards West Unsuitable. Leads to loss of money, happiness and children. Plot needs rectification
Naga Prushtha Wider in West, narrow in East, Raised North, sloping towards South, depressed Center

Loss of spouse and children. Owner is always threatened with illness, mental agony,tension, competitors.


Plot needs rectification
Important Guidelines

1. Plot as per vastu should be square of rectangular in shape. Square would be best. If it is rectangle then the ratio of length to breadth should be 1:2 and not more than that.

2. The ground level should be higher in South & West rather than North and East.

3. Plots facing North or East are better than those facing South or West.

4. A canal, a lake, river, nallah, a big well or pond should be in north or east only.

5. Heavy construction or mountains should be in west or south of the plot.

6. There should not be any big tree in north or east of the plot.

7. There should not be any pit or well in south or west direction.

8. All four corners should be at 900 (set Square). If only north east is extended i.e. if it is less than900, it will do.

9. All rain water should flow from south to north and west to east.

10. South west should be highest & north east should be lowest in level.

11. If all the corners are not at 900 then we should correct it before starting the construction.

12. If the dead end of a road is coming in our plot then it should be taken care of because some are good & some are bad. This is called vidhee soola.

13. Their should not be any hills or mountains in east or north side of your plot as per vaastu rules.

14. At the time of purchasing the adjacent plot purchase only in east, north or north-east plots. Never purchase adjacent plot in south or west or accept if even if offered for free.

To conclude, an ideal plot has the following features:

 The soil smells good.
 It retains water.
 The water moves clockwise.
 Has a high-rise building or a hill to its South or West.
 Has a water body or a river in NE.
 If it is a river, then the ideal flow is from South to North.
 Should make one feel happy and light when one walks over it.
 Has a depressed North, NE and East and a raised SW, S, W.

A plot with the following characteristics should be avoided:

 The soil stinks of decomposed organic matter.
 Is sand witched between two tall buildings or two large plots.
 Has hills or high-rise structures in North, East, or North-East.
 Is near a burial ground or a crematorium.
 Is next to a place of worship.
 Has big trees in North, East, or North-East.
 Is near a pollution emitting industrial unit.
 IS below a high tension cable.
 Is close to an effluent treatment plant or a dirty water pond.
 Has a raised East, North-East and North and a depressed West, SW, and South, SE

Vastu Advice For The Selection Of The Plot

The selection of the land is the initial stage and is very crucial as it is like the starting of anything. If you get a good one, you are lucky, if you are not then the problems start prevailing. So if you are going to buy a new land/property, make sure you do under guidance. If you get a wrong plot and without any consultation start construction then it will be a invitation for all sorts of problems like financial problem, health problem, worries, sorrows. Make sure you do not invite such inexplicable problems.

We will provide you with the assistance in selection of the best suitable plot. We follow the following steps:

  • Check and determine the directions of the site.
  • Check the soil of the site as it plays a major role in forming the vibrations of that particular site.
  • Try to get a personal feel and touch of the property to observe positive or negative vibrations at the site.
  • Prepare a Vastu analysis chart indicating important aspects and grading of the plot and suggestions.

Er. Rameshwar Prasad invites you to the Wonderful World of Vastu Shastra

Engineer Rameshwar Prasad

(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)

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