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Vastu is the science of architecture that was being followed in India since the ancient times. This lays down specific principles for the construction of any building, including a residence. When followed, these are believed to bestow many benefits on the people using the structures, and hence this system has come to be referred to as Vastu Shastra, the scripture of Vastu guidelines.
Vastu covers the aspect of maintaining plants and trees in and around the place of dwelling, and here, let us have a brief look at some of its salient features.
Vegetation can rightly be called the lifeline of existence, as these provide the precious oxygen, which is the most essential for the very survival of a living being on our planet. Hence, great significance is attached to the growing of plants in houses, surroundings and also in public places, and tree plantation campaigns too are carried out with fanfare on many occasions.
Growing plants and trees is no-less significant in the realm of Vastu too. This system regards trees as symbols of auspiciousness and strongly recommends for having them around, for adding to the propitiousness of the atmosphere. Some trees can prove useful in many ways, as their roots, leaves, unripe and ripe fruits, etc. can be put to great utility. There are, however, several plants or trees, growing which may prove advantageous from the Vastu point of view, and these can also rectify or remove afflictions like Vastu Dosha from houses.
Vastu norms are quite specific in this regard and list out the trees and plants that are regarded auspicious to have in places of residence. Such vegetation includes the Tulsi (Basil), Banyan, Neem, Vilva or Bael, Plantain, Coconut, Areca or Betel, Pomegranate, Amla (Indian gooseberry), Ashoka, Jasmine, Madhumalti (Rangoon creeper), Jackfruit, and Lotus. The houses having these plants/trees in them can receive the blessings of divinities like Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Lakshmi, and the residents would be bestowed with prosperity, welfare and a variety of benefits. Money plant or Devil’s Ivy and creepers that grow upwards too are deemed beneficial.
Vastu also provides directional guidelines in this regard, highlighting the direction, which will be most suitable for a particular plant to remain in a house. For instance, it is beneficial to have the Ashoka tree in the North and Banyan in the East.
Likewise, there are some other plants/trees, which Vastu cautions against having in houses, and these include Papaya, Mango, Turmeric, Henna or Mehandi, Bamboo, Babul (Acacia), Rose and desert plants like Cactus. However, no plant or tree should be placed right in front of the main entrance, as this may result in an affliction.
As a remedial measure for having trees considered inauspicious which cannot be removed, Vastu suggests planting of auspicious plants around it.
Peepal tree is usually considered very auspicious, but its place is principally only a place of worship. There are however views that it can be grown in the Western direction in a house.
As a general principle, Vastu recommends for keeping the main entrance of a residence, always decorated with flowers and plants, as this may fill the atmosphere with tranquility and joy.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.