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Q. Entrance to my home is from east,
kitchen is on south, bedroom on south west, living room
on south east, dining room on north west. Please advise
on the application of vaastu to my kitchen.
A. The basic things you have to keep in mind should
be as follows:
the Gas in the south east corner of the kitchen
should face the east while cooking.
water should be in the north east of the kitchen.
should be in the south portion of the kitchen.
Could you suggest me vaastu tips for the interior planning
of my house?
A. For safe and sound interior planning of your house make
sure that there is plenty of light, air with proper
ventilation and minimum furniture.
The master bedrooms should be in the South West corner
of the house. If the house has more than one floor
then, then it should be on the top most floor.The
ceiling should be in 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 north
west or west side. To have a better concentration
they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms.
The ideal place is south east corner of the building
or a kitchen in the west of the building can also
Room: The best locations for this room are the north,
west, north west, east, north east. These directions
attract the positive effects of Mercury increasing
brain power, Jupiter increasing wisdom, Sun increasing
ambition and Venus helps in bringing about creativity
in new thoughts and ideas.
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 of rectangular in shape
and should not be attached or folding against the
Bathrooms and toilets should be adjacent to the north-
east corner. They should never be constructed in the
center or in the south -west 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 Vaastu Shastra.
Furniture should be square or rectangular in shape.
Room: If essential then the store room should be constructed
in the southern part of the building, other wise 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 effects
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 south-
west corner of the kitchen.
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.
What is Vaastu Shastra?
A. VAASTU SHASTRA is the traditional Indian system of architecture
and design of vedic origin. Vaastu means the dwelling
of humans and Gods. Many Vaastu rules are derived from
'Vaastu Purusha Mandala' which is depicted as a man
lying with his head pointing north east, in a grid of
usually 64 squares. The different directions and sectors
are assigned to different Gods and Guardians. It aims
at providing guidelines for proper construction. Vaastu
orientates, places and dictates the proportions of every
detail in building lines, skylines, elongations, levels,
slopes, water (underground and overhead), kitchen, bedrooms,
toilets, staircase, heights of ceilings and roofs, entrances,
loci of doors and windows, compound walls and so on.
Vaastu is effected with positive power of three elements:
the earth, the water, the fire (the sun).
- Earth: was formed about 460 crore years ago and it was a
fiery ball. In due course of time, the rocks melted
and the surface has formed and acquired magnetism
due to the magnetic particles embedded within. It
has two poles, north pole and south pole.
- Sky: is the endless space surrounding the universe. The
universal concept of sky is beyond the imagination
and reach of human beings as it is never ending and
(Atmosphere): is a composition of gases like oxygen,
nitrogen, carbon-dioxide, helium, neon, crypton and
vapour. Oxygen is life saving gas indispensable to
- Water: due to rainfall from clouds, water flowed into
low lying area of earth's surface and oceans were
formed. The eternal water cycle is mystery of nature.
- Sun: sun plays a vital role in Vaastu Shastra. It
is a source of life on earth and this is the reason
why Sun is worshipped as an incarnation of god or
the potential source of creation on the earth.
Does Vaastu Shastra promise prosperity?
A. No, not really. Vaastu Shastra cannot be directly linked
with prosperity. It only suggests ways in which we can
live in tune with the laws of nature, so that we can
be healthy and peaceful and work efficiently. The ancient
texts of Vaastu Shastra have probably claimed to bring
prosperity, as an indirect consequence or being able
to perform well at home and work.
What is the role of religion in Vaastu Shastra?
A. Vaastu Shastra is a science - it has nothing to do with
religion. It is true that 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 realised that the society of that time, being
a God fearing one, would not accept norms that strayed
away from the notions of God.
Which deity is worshiped in Vaastu Shastra?
A. 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.
What is the significance of the Vaastu Purusha?
A. The 'Vaastu Purusha' is said to be the spirit of the
site. It's in the form of a human male and lies on the
site with his head towards the east, his posture fitting
exactly in a square. It was easier to get the anthropometrically
and aesthetically correct dimensions of rooms, doors
windows and even the structural members like plinth
and pillars. Even the interior planning was governed
by the posture of the 'Vaastu Purusha' and the norms
which specified where and how the structure must be
built, so that it does not injure him.
Vaastu Shastra is so superstitious, how can it be called
A. Vaastu Shastra is a 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.
Is Vaastu shastra relevant in the modern world?
A. All the ancient doctrines of Vaastu Shastra may not
be applicable 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.
How does Vaastu Shastra work in apartment blocks?
A. 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 macrolevel implications can be successfully adapted
to contemporary needs.
How can Vaastu Shastra ba applied to the commercial
and industrial premises?
A. 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.
What if it is not possible to implement all the changes
recommended by a Vaastu consultant?
A. 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 elemants
should yield substantially positive effects. Very often,
merely changing the orientation of the interior fixture
helps in achieving a Vaastu-positive environment.
What is the ideal plot/house?
A. 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
storey that are going to be constructed and the materials
Why directions are important in Vaastu Shastra?
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 effects the building/house
What is the best direction of the house?
A. 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.
What should be the proportion of length and breadth
A. Ideally, the proportion of length and breadth should
Does the size of rooms effects the fortune of the persons
A. Yes, the length, breadth or both effect the fortune
What are the main factors to be considered regarding
the door of the house?
A. As per Vaastu Shastra, the number of doors and windows
of a house should be even in number.
Can facing of the main door be decided?
A. Yes, the zodiac sign of the owner of the house, on whose
name the deed of 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.
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 starts
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 north-east. A family, having a toilet in
the north-east region of their place of residence, will
not be able to prosper in life.
What are the planets associated with the directions
in Vaastu Shastra ?
According to the Vaastu Shastra scriptures,what do all
the various directions represent?
to the Vaastu Shastra scriptures, the variuos directions
denote the following aspects:
(Purab) Pitrustaan(Manes): It should not be blocked
, since it is the source of male issues.
(Aagneya) (Fire) source of health, place of fire,
cooking and food.
Source of wealth, crops and happiness.
source of character, behaviour, cause of longevity
Source of name, fame and prosperity
(Vaayavya) (Air)Source of change, income from business,
enemity and friendship.
Maathrusthan-This should not be blocked as it is the
source of female issues.
Source of health, wealth, prosperity and of male issues.
Does the magnetic field of the earth have to do anything
with Vaastu Shastra?.
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.
What role does soil play in the selection of a plot?
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 of rubbish, bones,
hair and other filthy material. The soil should be fertile
and free from any discrepit or dead material.
Does Vaastu Shastra apply to boundry walls as well?
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
What are the things that are to be kept in mind while
selecting a plot?
major factors to be kept in mind while selecting a plot
of the land,
Roads around the plot.
Are there any conventions prescribed by Vaastu Shastra
that pertain to doors?
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:
Main-Gate should have two panels.
main door should not open inside the house.
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.
the door has cracks or is too old, then the owner
will have a tough time gaining respect in society.
The staircase in my house is damaged. What does Vaastu
Shastra say to that?
the steps leading to the entrance are damaged or broken,
then the master of the house will face problems with
his career and his expenses will soar. The staircase
should ascend clockwise. The total no. of steps should
be such that on division by 3, a remainder of 2 should
be obtained for eg. 7, 11, 17 etc.
Does Vaastu contain anything that relates to the colour
of paint on the interior walls?
certainly does, the interior is one of the biggest parts
of the house. Here is what Vaastu Shastra says about
colours should not be used in the house.
and light colours should be used for painting the
or photographs depicting war, sad faces, birds like
owl, crow, pegion, erotic pictures etc. should not
be used for decoration in the house.
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