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RESIDENTIAL VASTU

What is Residential Vastu?

Every particle in this cosmos whether transient or intransient is madeup of fivr constituents which are called Panchamahabhulas. Vastu is basically a science based on the balancing phenomena of these five elements in dwelling places or the places of other activities. Various ancient text like Vedas, Puranas. sambilas and jain Agams mention about the vastu Principles for architectural constructions.

We have acquired the knowledge of Vastu Shastra from the four vedas namely Rigveda, Yajurveda, Soma Veda and Atharva Veda. Apart from the Vedas, lots of information regarding Vastu Shastra is available in the Puranas and in other ancient texts. The first mention of the principles of Vastu has been found in the Great Rigveda. After the vedas, four upavedas were also composed by the rishis. One of these upavedas is the Sthapatya veda, which is the upaveda of Artharva veda. With the passage of time Sthapatya veda was developed as Vastu Shastra.

The puranas which provide the knowledge of vastu are Matsya purana, Skanda purana, Agni purana, Vayu purana, Garuda purana and the Bhavishya purana. Matsya purana gives detailed information regarding rock carvings and the position and decoration of ceremonial sites and venues. Narad purana gives valuable information regarding temples. Similar information regarding temples is also provided in Vayu purana's but this purana deals with temples located at great height. Skanda purana deals with the principles of town planning and their layout. Metropolitan cities of the western civilisation would lose their lustre in front of the principles explained in this purana. Agni purana lays down the principles of residential dwelling units or residential houses. So we find that our classics are store houses of such vast knowledge.

Apart from these extremely ancient sources, there are many more granthas providing exhaustive knowledge regarding vastu. These are the Ramayana, the Mahabharat, the Arthshastra of Chanakya, Buddhist and Jaina granthas, Brihat samhita, Samarangan Sutradhar, Vishwakarma prakash, Mayamat, Mansar and Vastu Rajavallabh. The eighteen pravartakas like Bhrigu, Shukracharya, Brihaspati and the other's have also dealt with this subject extensively. All these classics are complete by themselves, but in the eleventh century the king of Malva Bhoj Parmar composed 'Samarangan Sutradhar which is one of the most established and proven granthas of Vastu. It is a compilation of the principles laid down in all these previous vastu granthas. It also provides simple remedial measures for correction of Vastu faults without damaging the constructed house.

Vastu shastra originated in the Vedic age and up to the 13th century AD it flourished and became a part of peoples lives. After the advent of the Mughals, the popularity and practice of this art diminished, though it remained popular in South India. Once the British arrived, this remarkable art practically vanished. People started ridiculing it and started considering it to be old fashioned and stupid, instead of accepting it and practising it. It has fortunately been revived today and is giving us health wealth prosperity and peace in the tension filled life of today.

The word Vastu originated from the Sanskrit word "Vas" and the meaning of this word is to live life or to reside. The word "Vasu" originated from "Vas" and finally this word "Vastu" originated from "Vasu". The meaning of वास्तु is व + अस्तु which means for living, therefore meaning of the word Vastu is a place where a person resides. The meaning of Shastra is a book which deals with the mysterious and systematic explanation of a subject, therefore the meaning of Vastushastra is a book related to the residence. The origin and anatomy of Vastushastra is based on the principle of the five elements of creation.

As our body is also made up of these five elements, if enough attention is paid to the incorporation of these five elements in the construction of a house then the people residing in the building shall reside happily. These five elements are- Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Our universe also is made up of these five elements only. Therefore the saying goes :

यत पिण्डे तत ब्रह्माण्डे |
Yatpindetatbramhande
God (भगवान— bhagwan) has given these five gifts to us :
  • from भ (bha) भूमि (land)
  • from ग (ga) गगन (sky, ether)
  • from वा (va) वायु (air)
  • from न (na) नीर (water)

God is represented by the symbol ॐ (Om). These five elements are present in this Om also. "Aa" (अ) is Agni (fire), "Au" (उ) is Jal (water), "Ma" (म) is Vayu (air), "ardhachandra" (ॅ) is Bhoomi (land) and "Shunya" (0) is Akash (ether, sky). Similarly the word Vastu also denotes these five elements. From "Va" (व) Vayu (air), from "Aa" (ा) अ Agni (fire), from "Sa" (स) "Srishti" Bhoomi (land), from "Ta" (त) Tat means Akash (ether/ sky) and from "Au" (उ) Jal (water).

Vastu Purush Representing Five Elements
Vastu Purush Representing
Five Elements
These five elements also are represented by the five planets:
  1. Earth is represented by Mars
  2. Water is represented by Venus
  3. Fire is represented by Sun
  4. Air is represented by Saturn
  5. Ether is represented by Jupiter

Similarly mind is controlled by Moon. Intelligence is controlled by Mercury. Ego and arrogance is controlled by Rahu and moksha or spirituality by Ketu. Disbalance of these elements in the body produces ill health and disease. In a similar manner the disbalance of these elements in a house creates varied kind of troubles for the persons living in it. There are unlimited forces present in nature. Some of these forces influence us, for example the gravitational force of earth, the magnetic and electrical energy of the universe and the electromagnetic force present everywhere.

These energies also exist in the constructed house and they continue influencing the electro magnetic force present in the human body. This produces the auspicious or inauspicious results. These results vary from place to place depending on the geographical location. For these reasons the results of vastu principles are not the same all over the world. They differ according to the longitude and latitude of the place. They also differ according to the horoscope of the person concerned. If man goes along with the flow of nature's energies, it produces good health, progress and prosperity. If he goes against the flow of nature, he faces hurdles and obstructions everywhere. Hence it is utmost important and necessary for us to organize our lives according to nature, only then we can live happily. Halayudha kasha makes the following statement regarding vastu.

वास्तु संक्षेपतो वक्ष्ये गृहादों विघ्ननाशनम |
ईशानकोणादारभ्य ह्योकाशीतिपदे त्यजेत् ||
Vastu is that art of house construction, which starts from Ishan kona etc. and which protects the residents of the house from natural calamities and obstructions. According to Amar kosha
गृहरचना वच्छिन भूमे |
The land suitable for house construction is called Vastu. Vastu is also considered to be that land on which a building or a house is constructed. In other words Vastu is that knowledge which gives us information regarding the construction and the utility of the house.

Similarly king Bhoj Parmar states in the fifth shioka of the first chapter of his famous 'Samrangan Sutradhar'

वास्तुशास्त्रदृते तस्य न स्याल्लः क्षणनिश्यचः |
तस्माल्लोकस्य कृपया शास्त्र्मतेदृदीर्यते ||
Apart from the principles of Vastu shastra there are no other guidelines for proper construction of a house.

In brief, keeping vastu of a place in harmony with the principles of vastu shastra is vastu.

समारांगण सूत्र धनानि बुद्धिश्च सन्तति सर्वदानृणाम् |
प्रियान्येषां च सांसिद्धि सर्वस्यात् शुभ लक्षणमफ ||

यात्र निन्दित लक्ष्मत्र तहिते वां विधात कृत |
अथ सर्व मुपादेयं यभ्दवेत् शुभ लक्षणम् ||

देश पुर निवाश्रच सभा वीस्म सनाचि |
यद्य दीदृसमन्याश्रच तथ भेयस्करं मतम् ||

वास्तु शास्त्रदृतेतस्य न स्यल्लक्षनिर्णयः |
तस्मात् लोकस्य कृपया सभामेतंदुरीयते ||
A house constructed according to the principles of vastu bestows all kinds of happiness, wealth, wisdom and peace. It also gives freedom from debts. By disregarding these same principles the same abode can cause undesired journeys, defamation, disappointments and unhappiness. So all houses, villages, towns and cities should be constructed according to the principles of vastu. This shastra has been composed by the rishis for the benefit and progress of mankind.

Narad Samhita also advocates that vastu propagates the aim of health, wealth, prosperity, peace, happiness and progeny of the owner of the house.

Vastu shastra is a very deep and profound subject, which is based on the principles of science and spirituality. The houses constructed in harmony with the principles of Vastu are auspicious and bestow happiness, while those which violate these guidelines cause destruction. Similarly industrial and professional complexes based on vastu principles promote success and happiness. The aims of residential vastu are attainment of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, while those of professional and industrial vastu is attainment of 'Artha' or money. Proper vastu in industry also promotes production, profits, customers and success. It produces harmony between the management and the workers and also between the industry and society. It also helps the industry to fulfil its social responsibility.

RESIDENTIAL VASTU ARTICLES

Vastu Deva or Vastu Purush

Vastu Purush is considered to be the main diety who is responsible for providing peace, happiness and prosperity in any constructed building whether it be dwelling houses or commercial complexes. The worship of VastuPurush is essential...

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Importance of Directions In Vastu

Directions are of utmost importance in vastu. Each direction is governed by a specific planet and lord. The construction of each aspect should be done according to the direction and rule for that purpose. If anything is constructed violating...

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Importance of Five Elements in Vastu

The universe as well as the man has been created from the five basic elements of nature. These are known as the 'Panchamahabhutas' or the Panchatatvas. These five elements hold a very...

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Connection between Vastu and Jyotish

Vastu is an excellent behavioural science based upon jyotish and Muhurta. Vastu appears incomplete without the planets and the Nakshatras. A man's life is equally controlled by his destiny and his Task. If...

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Muhurta

Muhurta is an important pillar of Astrology. Muhurta has been dealt with extensively in Muhurta Chintamani. Brihat Sambila and in other classics. Muhurta is selected to ensure smooth unhindered completion of some important tasks. In transit, planets...

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Selection of Land

Our culture considers the earth to be ‘Mother earth' and the land has a very close relationship with Vastu. The land has to be carefully selected before constructing a house or a building. One must have the knowledge about the auspicious...

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Adjoining Roads

Roads play important role in Vastu. The roads directly influence the destiny of inhabitants. Some roads are considered very auspicious for a particular building while some prove very inauspicious and bring bad luck and catastrophe...

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Energy Level of the Plot

Every plot possesses a certain kind of energy and a magnetic field. Natural flow of this energy is from North pole to South pole in the form of magnetic waves. This energy is known as electro-magnetic force. If the southern portion of the plot is higher...

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Shape of the Land

There are different shapes of any plot like square, rectangular, triangular, Pantangular, oval hexagonal etc. Except square and rectangular lands all are named irregular and considered to be Very inauspicious if any construction is made on such...

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Extension of the Plot

The plot having all its four corners of equal angles is considered to be the best. But normally if becomes difficult to get a square or rectangular plot. The results of extension of a plot, on one side or the other, depend on its shape etc. Sometimes...

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Reduction of the Plot

This condition is exactly opposite of the extension of a corner of the plot. When the corner gets extended, the power of the god and the related planet increases. With the result one finds progress and growth in the areas represented by the concerned god...

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Obstructions

Obstruction or Vedha means a hinderance in the natural path of sunlight and wind. There can be various kinds of obstructions in a house. These Vedhas prove harmful to the residents. If any tree or electric pole etc. is placed in front of the house then...

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Vastu of the House

The presence of a lake, pond, flowing ricer or a well or a hand pump in the Nortbeast of the house leads to continuously growing prosperity and inflow of money. Digging and constructing a tube well. underground water lank or installing a tap or keeping...

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Overhead Tank

In olden days the houses were normally of one storey only and rooter was stored on the ground itself. These are the days of multi storeyed houses and buildings. Now normally water is stored in overhead tanks. Overhead tank should be placed...

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Main Door of the House

The main entrance door of the house is also called “Pradhan dwar” or simba dwar. 'This door should be larger, stronger and more attractive than the other doors of the house. Flawless main door is necessary for the progress and prosperity...

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Window of the House

Less number of windows should be in Agneya or Vayavya kona. Windows should be made after leaving approximately 4 feel (11/4 of the hand) from the kona. The windows should be of the same shape and they should be even in number i.e...

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Main Rules for the Stair Case

The staircase of the house should be made according to the rules of vastu. The ideal direction for the staircase is the main West main South or Southwest (Nairritya). Best position is Nairritya which is very auspicious because this corner...

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Shapes and Sizes of the Rooms

Shapes and sizes of the room vary according to the availability of the space. However Vastu mentions about the ideal size and shape of a particular room e.g. a normal bedroom is ideal if its size is 10' x15'. Master bedroom should...

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Pooja Room

Nothing can be achieved without the blessings of god Puja room is god's abode in our house. So utmost care should be taken while planning the Pooja room. Pooja room should always be made in the Ishan Kona. If there is no place in Ishan...

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Kitchen

The kitchen is the domain of the housewife and normally she spends a large part of her day in the kitchen. So the kitchen should be planned in such a way that she not only enjoys cooking but she is able to produce healthy and nutritious food...

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Dining Room

The dining room is considered to be the most auspicious West direction. The other auspicious placement is in the North and East direction. If the kitchen is located in the South east then the dining room should be made towards the east or South of...

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Bathroom

The ideal place for the bathroom is in the east direction. The bathroom should not be made either in the centre of the house or in the Southeast or in the South direction. The bathroom should never be made under the staircase. The staircase is ruled by ...

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Toilet

According to the Indian Culture the toilet and bathroom should not be made together, though this has become a common practice today. If both have to be made together, a wall should be erected between the two. The toilet should...

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Septic Tank

The septic tank should be provided in the Northern or Western section of the Northeast. The North and West directions should be divided into 9 equal parts. The septic tank can be made in the third part from the Northwest corner...

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General Location of the Bedrooms

Northeast direction belongs to our creator the supreme god. Deva Guru Jupiter owns this direction. For these reasons it not a Suitable place for a bedroom. The bedroom is controlled by Venus who is a planet of enjoyment and luxury. Jupiter...

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Study Room

The ideal location for the study room is in the West direction. Saraswati Ji who is the goddess of education resides in this direction. Apart from this, the study can also be made in the North, east and the Ishan kona. The students should...

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Strong Room

According to Vastu Shastra, the ideal place for keeping wealth is the North direction. Lord of North is Kubera who is the treasurer of goddess Lakshmi the goddess of wealth. Having the strong room in the North promises continuous inflow...

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The Basement / Cellar

The basement remains deprived of the sunlight and solar energy. For this main drawback. It is not advisable in residential plots. If it is absolutely necessary then it should be made in the North-east direction keeping clear of the brahma...

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Garage and Verandah

Garage should be made in the Vayavga. But if there is lack of space then it can be made in the Agneya. 'The garage should not be touching either the main house or the compound wall. If a portico has to be made for parking of the cars, then it should...

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Store Room

Northwest region of the house is the ideal place for a store room for keeping food grains. This ensures their regular supply. The articles of daily use should be stored in the Northwest corner. The store should always be kept clean and its doors...

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Apartments, Buildings & Residential Complexes

With escalating land prices and scarcity of available land if has almost become a dream to acquire a suitable piece of land and construct a house according to the principles of Vastu. As a result an...

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Golden Principles of Vastu

Several religious scriptures have outlined many golden rules for Vastu. If those rules are followed with strict adherance. They bestow upon the inhabitant lots of success, wealth, wisdom, health and allround prosperity. It is the most important...

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The Importance of Colour in Vastu

Astrology, Numerology and Vastu, all accept that the colours influence our daily life to a great extent. Energy direction is ruled by some planet or the other. According to Numerology, depending on our date of birth, we can work out our...

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The Importance of Trees in Vastu

Having plants and trees around the house is essential for creating an auspicious environment. Some plants are useful for us and some plants help in correcting the Vastu doshas. We should be aware of their utility. Heavy trees should not be planted...

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Vastu and Diseases

In Vastu shastra different planets represent different directions. Each direction influences some body parts of the kalpurush. Like Astrology Vastu is also controlled by the power of planets and Nakshatras. Just as Astrology helps...

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Direction-Planet, Correlation, their Defects and Remedies

The fundamental base of vastu shastra is Jyotish shastra. The planets influence human life in beneficial or harmful manner. Similarly the planets also influence the different directions and subsequently...

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Feng Shui

The Five thousand year old Feng Shui has played an important role in Chinese and Japanese culture and has enhanced their progress. Now Feng Shui is becoming popular all over the world due to its effective results. Wherever it is not...

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Pyramid

The literal meaning of pyramid is conical stone pillar. According to the Egyptians the word `Pyramid is made from two words Pyra and Mid and their combined meaning is Triangular. Fire energy is generated in its centre. pyra means fire, indicator...

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Plans Based on Vastu Principles

If construction is done on any plot based on the knowledge of Directions and on the principles of Vastu, then residing in such a house, a person can be happy, prosperous, healthy and peaceful. Before starting the construction on any land, it is essential...

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