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Vastu is the traditional Indian system that lays down the rules of construction. This is an ancient science prevalent in our land even from the Vedic times. As these principles are believed to have divine sanction, this system has come to be regarded as Vastu Shastra. Vastu Devata or Vastu Purusha is considered to be the governing deity of this system, and worship is offered to him in many ways for the welfare of the house and the people residing in it.
Vastu Shanti is essentially a worship of the gods of the directions and the forces of nature namely, the five fundamental elements. This is also a remedial measure done for removing any Vastu Dosha, the afflictions caused due to some issues with the land, structure, and the environment. Performing this ritualistic worship can correct the faults that might have arisen in the construction of the building and liberate the house or building from all the evil energies and negative forces. This Pooja can also act as a counter-measure for carrying out any major structural changes that are not considered to be following the Vastu principles.
Vastu Purusha is the god and the guardian angel of a house. Performing Vastu Shanti Pooja can help to satisfy this divinity immensely and hence, Vastu Shanti is highly recommended for ensuring the stability, prosperity, peace, and joy of a house or a building.
Vastu Shanti worship commences with the installation of an image of Vastu Purusha at a proper place in eastern direction. However, for better effectiveness, this picture or idol should be installed taking into account the Sun’s transit time.
When the Sun is in the zodiac signs of Aquarius, Pisces or Aries, Vastu Purusha image should be set up in the southeast corner of the house. This corresponds to the period of mid-January to mid-April. When the Sun is transiting Taurus, Gemini or Cancer, that is, from mid-April to mid-July, the image should occupy the northeast corner. When the Sun is traveling in Leo, Virgo or Libra, which is from mid-July to mid-October, Vastu Purusha should remain in the south-west corner. When the Sun remains in the signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius or Capricorn, that is, during the period mid-October to mid-January, Vastu Purusha should be positioned in the north-west corner.
Recite the following hymn and worship the Lord of Vastu, for receiving his grace :
Namaste Vaastu Purushaaya Bhooshayyaa Bhirat Prabho|
Madgriham Dhan Dhaanyaadi Samriddham KuruSarvada||
Chant the following Vastu Shanti Mantra, to please the deity:
Om Namo Bhagavathe Vastu Purushaya, Mahabala Parakramaya
Sarvadhivaasasrith Sahriraya Brahmaputraya
Sakala Brahmanda Dharine Bhubhararpitha Mastakaya|
Purapathan Prasada Grihavaapi Sara Kupadhe, Sannedesha Saannidhya Karaya
Sarvasiddhi Pradhaya Prasannavadhanaya Vishwambharaya
Paramapurushaya Shakradharadhaya Vaasthespathe Namasthe||
Installing Vastu Purusha, and invoking and worshipping him at home can provide all-round protection to the owner and ensure the welfare of his entire family.
It is also believed that Vastu Purusha is always present in the house and that he keeps on telling ‘thathastu,’ that is, ‘so be it’ and blessing every saying to get materialized and every wish, fulfilled. Hence, people are cautioned never to swear or speak anything negative at home, and they are strongly advised always to think and talk only auspicious things.
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.