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 sthan. Such a basement can be beneficial for the owner and his children. Sunlight should be able to reach at least 1/4 of the basement between 7 AM and 10 AM.
The height of the basement should be at least 9 feet. It should be at least 3 feet above the ground level, so that sunlight and air can pass through it.
Basement or the cellar should be wider in the North and East rather than in the South and West. The basement should never be made in the Southwest. It is extremely inauspicious for the health, wealth, prosperity and the longevity of the family members. They keep suffering due to poverty, debts, disputes and serious ailments like polio and cancer. They become unfortunate and have to face sometimes extreme hardships. Thus, one should absolutely refrain from making a basement in the Southwest.
Basement should never be used as a bedroom. It can be used as a living room, meeting room, pooja room or a study room. If a sick person lives in the basement, he does not recover quickly.
The basement can be used for business purpose. It can also be used as a godown. All the same, despite all efforts, business or profession from the basement can only yield up to 60% profit, so the invoice should be made in the basement but the cash counter should be on the ground level. North-West of the basement is good for professional purpose, but fear of sudden losses and of theft also exists. It is beneficial to sit facing North for professional purpose. A large window should be there in the North. The door and window should be in the North and the East. A hotel can be run successfully in the Southeast part of the basement, but its kitchen should be according to the parameters of Vastu. The borewell or water source should be in the Northeast of the basement.
Basement is considered good for pooja purposes because a basement has the magnetic power of a temple and more spiritual power can be generated by the puja of saints and pandits. So, it is beneficial to perform pooja in basement. Pictures and statues of Gods and Goddesses should be installed in the Northeast part and the Northeast wall of the basement.
There should be plenty of light in the basement and proper arrangement for disposal of water etc. should be made, or it can create problems for the owner. Heavy articles like sofas cupboards, tables, chairs etc. should be placed in the Southwest. The walls, curtains, and sheets etc. should be pale blue or pale pink in colour.