Vaastu originates from the word ‘Vas’ which means to reside and Vaastu means the basic architecture of the building and the position where it is located. Shastra is translated as a science or knowledge. So, Vaastu Shastra is the science of architecture.
Vaastu for Peace and HappinessEverything in the world is made up of the five basic elements called the ‘Panchmahabhootas’. They are earth, water, fire, air and ether. Nature has given proper place to these elements and Vaastu Shastra provides the guidance about the ways we can maintain this equilibrium to channelize positive energy and enjoy lasting peace and happiness.
Importance of Directions in VaastuApart from harmonizing the Panchmahabhootas, the position of rooms, doors, windows and furniture inside a building and even the manner of conducting one’s activities plays an important role in the activation of positive vibrations. Demarcation of a plot in Vaastu is done according to the sacred Vaastu Purush Mandala, the energy grid of a plot. Purush refers to the energy and power of a cosmic man and Mandala is the concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance.
Birth of Vaastu Purush and His importance in architectureAs per the ancient texts Vaastu Purusha is present in each and every plot of land whether big or small. His head remains hanging down and his body occupies the entire length and breadth of the ground.
|East||Indra||Sun||Direction for growth. Entrance of the house, study, place of worship should face the east. Lockers and treasure boxes in the house should open towards the east.|
|West||Varun||Saturn||Entrance in this direction should be avoided or else it leads to losses. It is good to have staircase, garage or overhead tank in west.|
|North||Kubera||Mercury||Direction for wealth and career. There should be big openings in north to welcome the flow of positive energies. A slope in the north is good for financial gains. Students should study facing north.|
|South||Yama||Mars||Big openings in south should be avoided. It should be kept heavy and loaded. It is said that heavy walls on the south will keep the occupants safe from Yama.|
|Northeast||Shiva||Jupiter||It is a direction for purity and divinity. The direction is best for worshiping and meditation. Toilets, bedrooms and store rooms should be avoided.|
|Northwest||Vayu||Moon||It is a direction for movement. Tall structures in this direction should be avoided as it will cut the flow of air. Extension in the northwest is considered inauspicious.|
|Southeast||Agni||Venus||It is good to have kitchen in the southeast. An underground tank or well in this direction leads to loss of wealth.|
|Southwest||Niriti||Rahu||It is an inauspicious direction ruled by the king of the demons. It is good to have master bedroom in this direction. The direction promotes leadership attributes and bestows decision making qualities, so it is advisable for the head of the family to stay in southwest direction.|