Vaastu Shastra (The Science of Direction and Space)
Vaastu means a place of living. In Sanskrit it is called "Vaasysthalaha Ithi- Vaastu". Therefore our place of living is called the Vaasthu Sthala and the Science dealing with it is called Vaasthu Shastra. In ancient days, Man lived in Cages and huts. While living in cages he thought he should make himself comfortable allocating different places for different purposes. Whether Man or animal, they not prefer to make use of the same place for all the purposes. A place of living is not only a shelter against rain and hot sun, but also a complete resting place to make him fully relaxed by the proper sources of energy around him.
There are five different types of energies.
They are namely the wind energy, water energy, magnetic energy, cosmic and radiational energy. Ever from the primitive days, these sources of five energies ( PANCHABOOTHAS) were of uniform and routine nature that play vital role in organising your place of living. Parallel to Indian art of Vaasthu, yet another Pioneers in the field the original Mongols or the present Chinese have chosen the two energies namely the water and wind . This is called as the art of FENG-SHUI.
The FENG-SHUI is more prevalent and more relevant in modern times where sky scrappers and multi storied flat systems are increasingly popular. While Vaasthu is dealing with the overall complete system of forming a house or building structure on a piece of land, The feng- shui confines to the interior formations and ratifications. Small and simple but effective measures of correcting the FENG-SHUI energies are more pragmatic and easily accessible by the modern mankind.
Based on Indian origin, we have not failed to give you more vividly the art of Indian Vaastu and beneficial aspects of the FENG SHUI in this.
The following things are to be considered before one builts a house.
SELECTING A PLACE, TYPES OF WOOD, HOUSE STRUCTURE
SOIL TESTING, ENTRANCE ROOMS IN A HOUSE
FLOWER TESTING GOD OF VAASTHU DOOR
WATER SOURCE AUSPICIOUS DAY WALL HEIGHT
FOUNDATION AUSPICIOUS TIME
The spiritual ratifications for the existing houses matter. In case you have an already built house which cannot be easily rectified or restructured, then you should only go in for the spiritualistic sanctions namely the Vaasthu Japas and Vaasthu corrections.
A simple copper sheet measuring 3 inches x 3 inches or 9 inches x 9 inches with carefully engraved mantric encryptions and spiritually augmented square disc with proper invocation of Mantras installed in the premises shall help warding off the evils. This system is also called the JADI BANDHANA system. Similar methods are adopted with slightly different Mantric in the temples and public places.
SELECTING A PLACE
It should not be a place where someone has lived previously and has been ruined. Land belonging to Temples, Trusts, Patients, Mentally retarded persons and Charity land should not be bought, In addition to this, land belonging to Black magicians, Destroyed house, Place where cactus grows, termites reside should not be brought.
There should not be any Dustbin or Sewage opposite to the house. As it would bring in Bad air. There should also be no Plateau in front of the house. If there are such things opposite to the house then the rays will be harmful to the house and also it will lead to infighting in the house.
The house can be in a place where there are clay and pebbles. If the soil is of Golden color then it is a good place. The ground should be in a higher place, should be even. If the ground is raised towards the West Side, it is considered to be good. If the East- west side is broader than the other sides, it is considered to be good.
There are some procedures mentioned in Manai Adi Shastrangal. Some of them is explained below:
A square pit of 1and 1/2 feet should be dug in the North East corner. After the pit has been dug, the pit should again be filled with the same mud. If even after filling the pit, some mud remains ,then it is considered to be a good land. On the other hand If some more mud is required to fill the pit then the land is not good to build a house. Building a house on this land will lead to Bankruptcy.
The second method is to test the land is to pour water into the pit and watch for how much time the water stays. Water should be poured into the pit in the evening and if in the morning the pit is full to its quarter, it is considered to be a good land. If the water is fully drained then it is a moderate land. If cracks are seen after the water is drained then it is not a good land.
The third method is to ask three married woman to pour water into the pit at the same time . A flower is then dropped into the water. Based on the direction, in which the flower rotates, the judgment can be made. If the flower rotates in clockwise direction, it is considered to be a good land. If it rotates in the anti-clock wise direction then it is not good. Even based on the direction in which the flower settles down after rotating, the land can be judged. If the flower stops in the East after rotating , it is considered to be a very good land. If the Flower stops in the West, South ,North and Northeast, it is also considered a good land.
However if the Flower stops in North-West, South East and South-West, it is not a good location for constructing a house.
WHERE SHOULD A WELL BE DUG
Normally a well is dug at the back side of the house. A well should be dug in Chitirai, Vaigasi and Aani. Aadi and Avani months are also OK. This does not mean that other months are not suitable for digging wells but there is a possibility of the well drying up. Well can be dug in the East, West and North-East of the house.
The well should not be dug in the South, South-west and Northwest.
The well should never in the centre of the house. It is considered to be not good for Family head.
The well should not be surrounded by trees. The leaves will spoil the water. Alum, Gooseberry bark, Limestone keeps the water pure. According to tradition, poojas should be performed before digging the well. The stars which are auspicious for constructing the well are: Mirugasirisham, Vishagam, Puram, Tiruvonam Fourth house. The well should not be dug during Ashtami, Navami, Chandrashtami, Prathamai. The digging should start within three hours of the sunrise. The well shouldn’t be dug during dusk.
FOUNDATION LAYING FOR HOUSE
The foundation should be laid during an auspicious time. If the entrance to the house is facing South, it is considered to be very auspicious and leads to wealth. Anyway this does not mean that the entrance should not be facing other directions. The wood for the entrance door should be of high quality and should not be a used one . The wood used for entrance frame and door should be of the same quality.
TYPES OF WOOD
The most important construction material in the construction of a house is the wood. The entrance to the house should be of wood and not of other materials such as Aluminum.
Trees are generally classified into three types:
Male tree is the one in which the base and trunk are of the same width. Female tree is the one in which the trunk is narrow and the base is broad. Gray has a broad trunk and a narrow base.
For the entrance, Male tree is the best suited one. For cross Bars, Female tree can be used. For others hermaphrodite trees can be used. High quality wood should be used.
The direction of the Entrance has a very important place in Vaastu. The family head & rsquo;s raasi should be taken into consideration while selecting the direction in which the entrance should be placed. The Direction auspicious for each Raasi is given below. Based on this, the Entrance direction could be chosen.
East- Karaka, Meena, Virishchika
West- Mithun, Tula, Kumbha.
North- Mesh, Simha, Dhanu
South- Vrishabha, Kanya, Makar
GOD OF VAASTU (VAASTHU PURUSH)
The God of Vaastu has no structure. He is of various forms in each month. He has his left hand on the ground and the right hand in the air when he sleeps. And during each month his direction of sleeping differs. But he sleeps in such a way that his foot is placed in the seventh raasi in line with the raasi in which the head is placed.
During Chitirai, Vaigasi he sleeps facing North. During Aadi, Avani, he sleeps facing East. During Iypasi, Karthigai he sleeps facing South and during Thai, Maasi he sleeps facing West. It is auspicious to build as house only when the God of Vaasthui is awake.
Month Date Nazhigai Time
Chaitra 10 5 7 to 9.30
Vaikasi 21 8 9.12 to 10.42
Adi 11 2 6.48 to 8.18
Avani 6 21 5.54 to 3.24
Iypasi 11 2 6.48 to 8.18
Karthikai 8 10 10.00 to 11.30
Thai 12 8 9-12 to 10.42
Masi 20 8 9-12 to 10.42
From the above table it can be seen that the God of Vaasthu is awake only for 1 and half hours.
During this 1 and half times he does five types of jobs. For each he takes 18 minutes.
First eighteen minutes- he bathes. If work is started during this time, Government benefit will come. Second eighteen minutes, he does Pooja. During this time if work is started then obstacles will come.
For the third eighteen minutes, he eats. If work is started during this time, poverty will come. Fourth eighteen minutes, he eats beetle nuts, During this time if we start the work Child wealth will increase. Last eighteen minutes he rules. This is the most auspicious time. So during the time he eats beetle nuts and rules, it is the auspicious time to start building the house.
Most suitable months for building house
Vaigasi, Aavani, Kaarthigai and Maasi are the most suitable months for building house.
Vaigasi- will lead a happy and prosperous life
Aavani-friends and relatives support will come.
Karthigai- Wealth and Health will increase
Maasi- Old Prestige will return and will be prosperous.
Moreover we should see in which days to start building the house. Sunday and Tuesdays are good days for laying Foundation. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays are not good days for laying foundations.
The house should be started after seeing the auspicious time in PANCHANGAM.
Shubham, Pramaim, Mahendiram, Sathyam, Shilam, Shupiram, Ayushman, Sowbagyam, Thuruvam, Thiruthi, Shoban, Agarmam, Piruthi, Sitham are good times for starting the houses. Like this Palavam, Pavam, Kaulavam,, Nathvai, Karasai, Pathina, are very good time. In stars, Karthigai, Uthiram, Uthiradam, Miruga Siridam, Chitirai, Avithajm, Punarpusam, Vishagam, Purathdi are not auspicious time for buiding houses. The following stars Prathanam, Tudidiyai, Tiruthiyai, Chaturthi, Panchami are auspicious for starting the house.
Malaiadi Shatram specifies where the various rooms of the house should be. Our Shastrams have divided the directions into eight and each direction has a Angel. East-Indran, West- Varnan, North –Kuberan, South-Yaman, NE-Easanyam, SE- Agni Corner,NW-Vaayu, SW-Niruthi. On this basis the house structure should be designed. For example, SE is known for Agni. So the kitchen should be in the SW. Indran is the God of Gods. So the Family Head’s room should be in the East.
SW corner can be used as a store room or as an office room. West room is Bedroom. The NW room should be used for Pooja room. North room can be used for Study room, Office, Store room. NE- Family head's bedroom. The amount of rooms in a house should be odd. The staircase should be facing East or North.
First Rated House
(All the dimensions are in feet)
Breadth 162 150 138 126 114
Length 202.5 187.5 172.5 157.5 142.5
Second Rated House
Breadth 96 87 78 69 60
Length 132 119 107.25 94.33 82.5
Third Rated House
Breadth 96 84 78 72 66
Length 108 94.5 87.75 81 74.5
Fourth Rated House
Length 45 42 39 36 33
Breadth 48 44.6 41.2 38.25 35.25
Five Rated House
Breadth 120 111 102 93 98
Length 160 148 136 124 116
Six Rated House
Breadth 60 54 48 42 36
Length 202.5 187.5 172.5 157.5 142.5
In the first house shown above, the width of the room should ¼ times larger than the length. In he second case, The length of the room should 3/8 times larger than the width, in the third case the length of the house should be 1/8 times larger than the width. In the fourth case it should be 1/14 larger than the width and in the fifth case, the length of the house should be 1/6 larger than the width. Generally the width of the house should be of the following size (in feet)
6, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 52, 56, 60, 63, 64, 66, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 79, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 95, 97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119.
ROOMS IN A HOUSE
The number of rooms in the house should be 5,7,9,11,..... No two rooms should face each other in the house.
The door of the house should be of the following dimensions. The should be 7 jans in length and 3 jans in width or 9 jans in length and 5 jans in width. (One jan is the distance between the tip of the little finger to the tip of the thumb in a completely stretched palm) The door should be made of single wood. There should not be any incomplete wall in front of the verandah. The verandah on the street side should be raised and the inside entrance should be raised.
HEIGHT OF THE WALL
There is a description of the height of the wall in Shastras. The heights 6, 8, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 (in feet) are good for the house. 26, 16 ft. houses gives a moderate result.
The colours used for painting the house should not be jazzy but pleasant to look at. According to the Gods of directions and the colours attributed to them, the colours of the room should be chosen. The colours can also be chosen based on your RAASI.
The Colours suitable for each Raasi are given below:
RED,YELLOW based colours - Mesham.
WHITE, YELLOW, CREAM - RISHABAM.
GREEN, RED based colours - Mithunam.
YELLOW, ORANGE - KADAGAM.
RED, WHITE based colours - SIMHAM.
GREEN, YELLOW based - KANNI.
LIGHT YELLOW based - THULAM.
RED,BLUE based - VIRUCHIGAM.
BLUE, YELLOW based colours - MAKARAM, KUMBHAM.
YELLOW, BLUE - DHANUS, MEENAM.
Thithi should also be seen.The days and the corresponding thithis on the day which are not auspicious is given below.
Sunday - Chaturthi Thithi
Monday - Shasthi
Tuesday - Sapthami
Wednesday - Thuthiyai
Thursday - Ashthami
Friday- Navami are not auspicious.
Similarly Yogam should also be seen.
There are four types af Yogams.
AMRITHA YOGAM is considered to be auspicious. SIDDA YOGAM has a Moderate effect. The other two are not auspicious.
LAGNA PAVAM should also be considered.
STIRRA LAGNAM is considered to be very auspicious.
STIRRA LAGNAM - There are twelve raasis and Lagnam is the place where the sun is at the time of birth. Of these twelve raasi's Mesham, Kadagam, Thulam and Makaram are SARA LAGNAM. Rishabam, Simham, Viruchigam and Kumbham are STIRRA LAGNAM. Mithunam, Kanni, Dhanus, Meenam are UBHAYA LAGNAMS. The STIRRA LAGNAS are auspicious for House Warming as mentioned above.
There are 27 STAR CONSTELLATIONS. Of these some are without leg, without Body, wihtout head Stars. There are three stars in each Raasi.These stars are not auspicious for House Warming. Bharani, Chitirai, Ahilyam, Maham, Puram, Visagam, Meenam, Puradam, Purrathadi are the nine stars not auspicious for House Warming. Chandrashthami days are considered to be not auspicious . Hence it is advisable not to have house warming ceremony in these days.
Abhisithana kalam , kari days are not auspicious for house warming ceremonies. Avoiding the above mentioned days are good.
Chitirai, Vaigasi, Karthigai and Thai are auspicious months for conducting House warming ceremony . But if the house owner is born in these months then the house Warming ceremony should not be held in these months. House Warming should not be held for incomplete houses.
DOES HOROSCOPE TELL ABOUT HOUSES
Based on the horoscope , it can be predicted whether a person will build a house or not. Based on the planets in the fourth house, the location of other planets , and considering the Period that the person is going through, it can be said if the person will build a house or not. Even the life period, life style, academics, family , ancestral property and friends can also be told based on the Horoscope. If the SUN is in the FOURTH HOUSE and is in top form, the person will enjoy ancestral property . If MOON is in the FOURTH HOUSE , he will be prosperous and will have more than one house. If MARS is in the FOURTH HOUSE then it will be a good house. If MERCURY is in the FOURTH HOUSE , the house will be according to your wish. If GURU is in the FOURTH HOUSE, there is a possibility of the person building the house. If SHUKRAN is in the FOURTH HOUSE, then the person will get a house through his wife. SANI is not auspicious. It will take away the existing house also. However in some context, Saturn is the highest Benefactor and provides extremely good fortunes.
THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE HOUSE
People who could afford independent houses may also take care of their surroundings , namely the left out place between the building structure and the compound wall. This adds on to the house a much better look and also benefits with enormous Vaasthu advantages. The evenly left out place around the house is not desirable. Less place in the front side and SW are advised. More space in the NE and the backyard shall bring in enormous prosperity.
While trees and plants are very auspicious for the home, a carefully chosen and selected few are only advised to occupy them Mango, Banyan, Coconut and Tamarind besides Neem are only advised among trees. Gooseberry , Cotton, Vilvam, villupy, Jamun are the trees to be avoided.
Among the plants, Thulasi is the most important in The Indian context. Jasmine, Rose and any scented Flowers may be grown in the house. Crotons are fashionable but not auspicious. Much care is required to place the well in the surroundings of the house. Similarly the drainage is also to be carefully formed. Eastern side source of water and western side drain is desirable. It is also advised that the drain water and the gutter water are to run from the front to the backyard of the house. If these small and easily accessible methods are followed, you will build a home that brings prosperity.
Vaastu Shastra plays a very important role in our life. Scientific finding as well as a case studies have shown that residence, business, premises, factories, shops, hotels etc have flourished and prospered when designed as per the principles of Vastu Shastra where, as when not designed properly result to may not be as expected or even create problem in life.
VAASTU SHASTRA FOR HOUSE OR FLAT
NW NORTH NE
BEDROOM FOR NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE, TOILET, WATER TANK,
STORE ROOM,PARKING PLACE ENTRANCE, LIVING ROOM, LIBRARY, ROOM FOR ELDERLY PERSONS. POOJA ROOM, TEMPLE,
WATER POT, BASEMENT.
DINIING ROOM,CHILDREN STUDYROOM, OVERHEAD TANK. STAIR CASS GUEST HOUSE, BATH ROOM, VARANDAH
OLDPERSON ROOM, WASTE STORE ROOM NECESSITY ROOM. BED ROOM. LOCKER KITCHEN, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, GAS, FREEZE, MIXTURE.
SW SOUTH SE
Bedroom should be towards south or Southwest corner of the building. East, Northeast or Southeast zone can be used for the purpose, probably for the use by children and younger generation. At the time of sleeping keep your head towards South, East & West are good but North zone is very bad.
It is inside the house it should be on the Eastern side or Northern side as an alternative. If it is attached to the bedroom, it should be on the Eastern or Northern sides of the bedroom. Fire wood oven should not be used; electric boiler can be used which should be located in the Southeast corner of the bathroom. Similarly it can be located outside the building in the Southeast corner of the plot but it should not touch can be used. In both the cases distance between bathroom and compound wall on the Eastern & Northern sides.
Best location for the kitchen is the Southeast corner. The cooking platform should be towards eastern sidewall of the kitchen, as good results can be achieved when one faces East while cooking in the Southeast corner of the kitchen. Platform touching the northern wall off side. If loft is required in the kitchen it should be in the western & southern walls and not in the Northern & Eastern walls.
Locating the Pooja room in the Northern-East corner is the best and East-North East is also permissible but in any case the deity facing west and the person offering worship facing east is an ideal proposition. The Pooja room should be in the ground floor only and not all in other floors. Don't keep temple in the bedroom or in kitchen.
NW NORTH NE
WORKERS QUARTERS, OVERHEAD TANK, FINISHED GOODS, TOILET, RANSPORT, DESPATCH SMALL MACHINE, FICTITTIOUS ASSTS, PARKING PLACE BORING GARDEN, UNDERGROUND WATER STORAGE, WAITING ROOM, RECEPTION COUNTER
MAIN OFFICE, LABORATERY, RESEARCH ROOM, ADMINISTRATION ROOM PARKING PLACE WEIGHING MACHINE
WASTE MTRL. RAW MTRL, STORAGE ROOM FIXED & HEAVY MACHINERY, STORAGE ELECTRICAL ROOM, WATCHMAN ROOM, BOILER
SW SOUTH SE
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