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Vastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which helps in making a congenial setting for a place to live in and work in a most scientific way, taking advantage of the benefits bestowed by Nature, its elements and energy for enhanced wealth, health, prosperity and happiness. Vastu Shastra is a science which teaches us to be compatible and create a perfect harmony between the five essential elements of nature; Sky, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air with Earth's magnetic field.

It is imperative to harness the amazing power of nature and live in tune with it since we ourselves are evolved by nature, we live in nature and would perish and return back to nature. Records and scriptures are full of testimonials from kings, commoners, artists, saints and traders on how Vastu helped them reap great benefits. 

Be it a home or office, factory or a commercial block, Vastu has been known to reward the follower with benefits and protection from ill effects of life and unpredictable effects of nature.

We live in, and are surrounded by, various types of energy fields which operate freely in open space. When we place a structure in our establishment, the equilibrium is affected. Vastu helps in so designing the structure that it ensures a harmonious flow of energy in the building and restoration of that equilibrium.

The life force contained within the earth is what is called Vastu by tradition. The plants, trees, buildings and architecture are considered to be alive and part of the entire living sub-system. Vastu is thus a living space or a dwelling place.

Vastu is a boon to the modern world. The keys to the ancient secrets of the sages are now available to us. Vastu will enable you to vibe with your surroundings in and around your home and make life worth living. Vastu will help you in achieving success in your life, whether it is education, home or business .

Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian Vedic Science for construction of premises based on the forces and elements of nature. We can harness the positive energies and vibrations once the Vastu Shastra principles are incorporated within our homes and commercial work premises. This leads us to an atmosphere & environment where we experience harmony, peace, good health and success.

The following are the guidelines to design and construct an ideal house which houses prosperity, protection and peaceful environment in the house. It is essential to understand and interpret these ground rules and then apply.

  • The main door of the house should preferably be located in any of the exalted positions from the Northeast corner - either from North of Northeast or from East of Northeast. Doors can also be in the South of Southeast or West of Northwest but in no case, should the main entrance be from the center of any direction. Also the main entrance or door should be avoided in all the following four directions, namely, North of Northwest, East of Southeast, South of Southwest and West of Southwest. There should not be any obstruction or water body just opposite the main entrance.
  • Balconies should be planned towards the East and North and should be definitely avoided in the South and West. If balconies in the South and West cannot be avoided, then larger balconies must be provided towards the North and East. Care should be taken while providing balconies so that a cut or truncation is not created in the Northeast corner.
  • The kitchen should be ideally situated in the Southeast corner of the house and as an alternative in certain cases, may be in the Northwest corner, but in both cases, the cooking platform should be arranged to facilitate cooking while facing east only. The Kitchen should never be in the Northeast corner and it should also be avoided in the Southwest too, as both locations will create problems with respect to the health and finance of the inmates.
  • Rooms in the West and East can be used for dining. The appetite can be stimulated in the dining hall by having the walls painted in light pink or orange. A rectangular dining table is the most preferred. In the dining room, while eating, one should sit facing East or West.
  • Grains and other food can be stored in the Northwest sector. Oil, butter, ghee, milk and other oily liquids can be stored in the Southeast of the Northwest room.
  • When a generator or transformer is to be located outside the plot, it should be placed in an open space in the Southeast sector. As a second choice, it may be placed in the Northwest sector.
  • The overhead water tank should be located in the Southwest corner of the terrace preferably in the West of Southwest.
  • Penthouses, if built, should be in the Southwest corner of the terrace leaving an open space in the North and East.
  • The prayer room should be planned in such a way that it is placed either in the Northeast corner or in the central portion (Brahmasthana) of the house. The pictures of the god should touch the wall on the East side in the prayer room facing West; inmates should perform their prayers facing East for better concentration and devotion.
  • No garbage should be thrown or dumped in the Northeast corner of the building or plot and the Northeast should always be kept free and clean.
  • Heavy equipments such as the grinder, fridge, etc, should be placed towards the South and West walls in the kitchen. Even in the storeroom, racks should be built on the South and West walls.
  • Rainwater should flow West to East or South to North and ultimately flow out from the Northeast corner of the house or plot.
  • The Northeast, North and East walls should be decorated with photo frames, mirrors, and paintings of gods and with wallpaper with natural scenery; whereas the West, South and Southwest walls can be decorated with scenery in a dull or matte finish. The South wall can be used for hanging pictures of departed souls. Pictures of living beings may be hung on the Eastern wall.
  • It is always advisable, and it is considered profitable, to purchase additional adjacent plots on the Northeast, North and East sides.
  • Under no circumstance, should one acquire any plot adjoining the South or West sides of one's plot. Any adjacent land acquired on the South or West side can be disastrous to the person.
  • The master bedroom should be in the Southwest corner, while other bedrooms can be in the CentralSouth and Central-West directions. A bedroom in the Northwest is also recommended but should be used as a guest room or only for daughters. Bedrooms should be avoided in the Southeast corner.
  • It is preferable to have children's rooms in the West or North. Children should have their study desks in the North or East of the room and they should face East while studying.
  • One should sleep with one's head pointing towards the South. Children, however, can sleep with their heads pointing towards the West. No one should sleep with their heads in the North.
  • The bedroom can be painted in light to deep blues to induce sleep. Green is advised for study rooms to promote intelligence. Sandal/ yellow is advised for the prayer room.
  • The living room should be located in the North or East sectors of the house. Heavy chandeliers or fancy lamps should not be located in the geometrical center of the rooms. They may be placed slightly towards the West or South of the room.
  • TVs and computers should ideally be placed in the Southeast corner of the living room or study room. They should not be placed in the Northeast corner or Southwest corner.
  • Telephones can be placed in the Southeast or Northwest corner but not in the Southwest or Northeast.
  • Living rooms can be painted in white, yellow, light pink, light blue or green. Grey, red and black are to be avoided.
  • Always keep the center of the room, building and plot, free from any loads, weights, pillars, columns, beams, water bodies, etc.
  • It is preferable to have the staircase towards the South, West or Southwest of the building but it may be in the Southeast or Northwest, depending on other parameters. Staircases should be avoided in the Northeast, North and the East.
  • Circular/spiral staircases are generally to be avoided. The number of steps in a staircase should be odd, including the landing step, and they should rise from East to West or from North to South. It is better to make sure that the steps are by the South and West walls, and that it should be constructed in such a way that the movement is in a clockwise direction while going upwards, that is from the ground to the higher floors.
  • Toilets should be located in the Northwest corner of the building or in the Northwest corner of the rooms. Where Northwest toilets are not possible, Southeast toilets are allowed. Other alternative directions for toilets are Central-South or Central West. Closets in the toilets should face North or South, along the North-South axis; and should not face the East or West. See figure for all possible locations for toilets and bathrooms.
  • Toilets should be avoided in the Northeast, North and East.
  • Mirrors in the toilet and dressing room should be on the North or East walls.
  • A bathroom in the East sector is most preferred as the beneficial rays of the morning sun can enter and promote the health of the user.
  • In the office or study room, the table should be placed in the Western or Southern side so that one sits facing the East or North. No equipment, furniture, cupboards, etc, should be placed touching the North or East walls and if it becomes unavoidable, they should be kept at least 4" or 6" away from the walls.
  • Cash boxes can be located in the room towards the North (treasury). But if the box is heavy (such as a safe, heavy almirah) then it should be kept in the Southwest corner and the door of the almirah should open towards the North.
  • The storage or lumber-room can be located in the Southwest, adjacent to the Master bedroom.
  • If possible, the house should be extended by 4 feet to 5 feet in the Northeast direction to ensure the Northeast directional bliss for the household. Growing tulsi and other beneficial herbal plants in the Northeast will promote good health and prosperity.
  • Pictures of landscapes depicting mountains should be hung on the South and West walls only Landscapes containing water, such as pictures of lakes and rivers should be on the North and East walls. Pictures of eagles, battle scenes, and carnivorous animals should not be used for interior wall decorations.  Pictures of horses, cows and elephants can be used for decoration purposes.
  • The directions of East and West are important as far as obtaining the energy from the sun is concerned. The importance of the directions of the North and the South lies in the flow of magnetic waves which flows from North Pole to South Pole. Therefore southward portion of every building should be higher than the northward portion.
  • Besides this it should also be kept in mind that the inclination of land, building, floors of rooms etc. should be towards North-East. In other words the parts in the West and South of the building should be slightly higher than those in the North and East.

General Vaastu Tips:

  • Your head should be towards the east or south while sleeping.
  • The rooms in the south should never have ceiling low as compared to ceiling of the rooms in east and north side.
  • Shoes and slippers should not be scattered all over the house, as this leads to feud.
  • Don't keep dirty clothes with the washed clothes.
  • One should never sleep under exposed beam as it brings ill fortune.
  • Don't a keep jug or jar of water near the telephone. The electric rays produced from telephone leave bad effect on the water. Your face should be towards the east while cooking food. The cupboard containing food articles should be towards your right.
  • The ceiling of the poojaroom should be lower than the ceiling of all the other rooms in the house.
  • There should be no noise while opening the doors and windows especially the entrance door from hinges etc. To remove the noise keep the hinges well oiled.
  • A picture of Lord Ganesha and Saraswati is good in study room.
  • Place vegetables in a dish after cutting them. If they are kept on floor their nourishing substance will be adsorbed by the floor.
  • The house should always be kept need and clean and all the wastage etc., should be dumped or stored in west of the house.
  • To prevent the house from evil-eyes, seven green chillies and lemon should be hung at the main entrance of the house, shop etc.
  • Change the bed-sheets during day time.
  • Comb and other beauty aids should be kept neatly at the right place.
  • A cut-out in the roof should be provided in the northeast to ensure proper ventilation of the house. This factor works as a natural air-conditioner for the house.
  • There should be a separate towel for every member of the family and for guests.
  • One should never provide three doors on a single wall, especially in the front of the house.
  • One should never construct circular stairs in the house.
  • It is very auspicious to view rising sun after taking bath in the morning.
  • A blue bed-sheet should never be used in the house.
  • One should always wear neat and clean clothes while working.
  • All the things should be properly placed and well organized in the house, to ensure good luck.
  • Keep cash and jewelry in the safe or locker which opens in the north.



Rameshwar Prasad invites you to the Wonderful World of Vaastu


Engineer R. Prasad (B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.) VAASTU INTERNATIONAL
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