Vastu

  • Basics of Vastu Shastra

    Basics of Vastu Shastra

    Vaastu Shastra was first spoken about in Stapatya Veda, which in turn is a constituent of the Atharva Veda, one of the four esteemed Vedas of India. It affirms that because of Vaastu Shastra, the entire universe enjoys the bliss conferred by God. This ancient science channels all the positive energies of the universe to do good to the entire human race. Vaastu is not at all about unworldly remedies, but all about the physical, psychological, and spiritual arrangement of the built environment, and its compatibility with the cosmic energies. This science encompasses the standards according to which the architecture should be laid down, thereby ensuring the dwelling and the area
    of occupation to generate overall happiness, healthiness, tranquility, and affluences.


    The Stapatya Veda highlights:

    Shastrenanen Sarvasya Lokasya Param Sukham
    Chaturverg Phala Prapti Shlokshch Bhavedyuvam
    Shlip Shastra parigyan Mrityoapi Sujetaam Vrajet
    Paramanand Janak Devanami Dimiritam
    Shilp Vina Nahi Jagtishu Lokeshu Vidyate
    Jagad Vina Na Shilpanch Vartate Vasau Prabho

    These shlokas in Sanskrit mean that it is due to the science of art and sculpture, Vaastu, the positive cosmic energies prevailing in the universe, confer health, delight, harmony, prosperity, and success upon the human beings. All those who respect the laws of Vaastu Shastra and abide by them, acquire not only the materialistic comforts, but experience the heavenly bliss as well.

    The Shastra also believes that the earth or the soil is a living organism, which begets all the other living organisms and organic forms. The human beings do not inhabit this earth alone; they dwell in the space or Aakaasham as well. This further implies that the human beings are thus bond with their individual energies to the forms of energy. They are a part of the cycle of life of death, which is known as 'Kaala Chakra'. The cosmic energies in accordance with the Panchmahabhutas, the nine planets, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, act either in favour or against each other, and generate harmony and disharmony, respectively. This signifies they immensely influence our dwellings. Vaastu Shastra claims that our places of work and residence should therefore be designed in such a manner that the positive energies supersede the negative energies. Consequently, all round happiness and prosperity would dwell with us. But in case the negative energies are dominant over the positive energies, there would be in and out disharmony, disappointment, ill health and distress that would prevail.

  • Vastu Architecture

    Vastu Architecture

    An architecture that is Vaastu complaint, would promote an environment for a contented and healthy life. 

    The nine planets, the Panchmahabhutas, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth consistently govern the eight directions, namely East, North, South, West, Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest. The Table 1-1 lists the Vaastu chart, representing the eight directions that are ruled by the different Gods and planets:



    Directions God Planets Symbolizing Section of Architecture
    East Indra Ravi (Sun) Lord of Lords Entrance (omen of good luck)
    North Kuber Buddha (Mercury) Lord of Wealth Vault (money never finished)
    North-East Dharma Guru (Jupiter) Morality Puja rooms (for worship and meditation)
    South Yama Angaraka (Mars) Lord of Death Ghastly masks(to repel evils)
    South-East Agni Shukra (Venus) Lord of Fire Kitchen (joyous housewife)
    West Varun Shani (Saturn) Lord of Water Bathroom
    North-West Vayu Chandra (Moon) Lord of Wind Bedroom (nobility and tranquility)
    South-West Niruti Rahu (Dragon's Dead) Lord of Demons Assets (avoids being stolen)
  • Vastu Purusha Mandala

    Vastu Purusha Mandala

    In order to understand Vaastu Shastra it is necessary to understand the Vaastu Purusha Mandala, which is energy grid of square. The Vaastu Purusha Mandala is the basic form in architecture and all other figures are derived from this elementary design. It provides the method that determines the requirements of architecture in relation to its directions. Each direction is allotted a particular role by the Vaasturatnakara. Every part of the Vaastu Purusha's body is sacred and contains energies that help us in living a contented and peaceful life.  
  • Mythology

    Mythology

    Being a part of the Indian mythology, Vaastu Shastra is also associated with a legend in the Matasya Purana. It was believed that the giant Vaastu Purush surfaced from the sweat of Lord Shiva, while He was fighting with a demon, Andhakasur. Vaastu Purush drank all the blood of the demon, yet his thirst wasn't quenched. Then he underwent a long-term atonement, as a result of which, Lord Shiva granted him a boon - to be the most powerful spirit on the earth.

    Consequently, the giant began to threaten and wolf down people, and spread terror and agitation. Seeing this, the deities crushed him on the earth and defeated him. They surrounded him from all the directions and sat on him.

    The Purusha then prayed to Lord Brahma, who gave him a boon that whoever will respect Vaastu Purusha and offer him puja before starting construction of any kind, will enjoy the materialistic comforts and be joyous and contented in that architecture. But those who disrespect Vaastu Purusha or do not offer him puja would be at his mercy and he may bother them in anyway he wanted.

  • Godly Architecture (design) Of Vaastu Purusha

    Godly Architecture (design) Of Vaastu Purusha

    Lord Brahma, who is seated in the center of the Vaastu Purusha Mandala along with the other deities residing over the Vaastu Purusha, is depicted in Figure 1-1: Vaastu Purusha Mandala.

    This figure depicts the Vaastu Purusha Mandala, wherein the Vaastu Purusha lays on the ground with hi head facing the ground. He is surrounded by the deities from the directions and in the center is Lord Brahma.

    Whether this legend is absolutely true, or partially, the laws of Vaastu Shastra are not mythological stories. They are in fact authentic and reliable experiences of people and have stood the test of time for thousands of years now.  
  • Significance of Vaastu Shastra

    Significance of Vaastu Shastra

    Vaastu Shastra has been divided into two parts:

     Deva Shilpa Vaastu Shastra: deals with the art and laws of constructing a temple and conducting religious activities, such as 'Yajna', idol worship, and so on.

     Manava Shilpa Vaastu Shastra: deals with the art and law of constructing homes, commercial and residential buildings, schools, and so on.

    Vaastu Shastra is not a magic wand that would change things for you overnight. It is essentially a discipline that does effect your life, but in a phase of time, gradually. Vaastu bestows consolation in the times of trouble, tranquility at the times of misfortune, and gratification in the midst of anguish. What this knowledge serves as is the means of conveying peace, strength, comfort, and a sense of satisfaction, when an individual is undergoing tough times in life. It functions as the healing lotion to the wounds, agony, and imbalance caused by the world outside. This Shastra definitely manipulates the time and manner in which the events happen, but an individual's actions and destiny also play a major part in what that individual acquires, and eventually develops into. Therefore, Vaastu Shastra can be said to have some obligations. 

    The effect of Vaastu Shastra fluctuates from one location to another. Besides, an individual at one location would achieve something different from another individual at the same location. This implies that effect of Vaastu Shastra is also different for different people. The positioning however matters for one and all. It is based on the numbers, ratios, and customs that enjoy harmony with the nature. Architectures that are designed considering the principles of Vaastu and the numerical calculations of 'Ayadi' (receiving more and spending less energy), influence an individual in three ways:

     Physical: pays attention to the space offered, required height, proper ventilation, colour, shapes, and good circulation. These things offer luxury to the inhabitants of that architecture.

     Psychological: sorts out the conflict, eases the pain, creates a feeling of delight and contentment, and also enhances the relationships of the inhabitants.

     Spiritual: stimulates awareness towards the meaning of life and death, insists the individual on moving on a path of dharma or righteousness and helps in establishing an undeviating connection between the individual and the Supreme Power.

    The architecture that is built while taking into consideration the principles of Vaastu Shastra, makes the inhabitants' state of mind focused, keeps them healthier and happier even when they are actually passing through challenging phases of their lives. The inhabitants would always be full of energy and have a refresh mind that would come up with innovative ideas. They would be able to solve not only their own problems, but would also offer a helping hand to others around them.



Whether it is a developed nation or an underdeveloped one, an advanced town or a backward village, the God Almighty has bestowed on it several blessings, without any discrimination. Trees that bear fruit, soil to grow crops in and help the living beings survive, water to drink, charming flowers to cherish, and a lot more, are all blessings of the God Almighty. The most indispensable and the most priceless blessing among all is the mind, which we have been given, so that we could analyze, experience and decide things; and use His blessings to make our lives more beautiful, momentous, and cherished.

Realizing these facts, ancient sages of India laid down certain principles, following which, the human race could enhance its way of living. If followed correctly and religiously, these principles indisputably bear out benefits and peace in our lives. The sages became aware that the only way the human race could benefit from Nature and the Cosmic energy is, to be in accordance with it. Hence was born Vaastu Shastra, an ancient science that was derived from the laws of nature.

The word 'Vaastu' in Sanskrit is derived from "Vas" means a place of residence, a nature, a surrounding or an environment that encloses within itself, an enormous and supreme force. The effects of this force can only be experienced in our lives. According to the principles revealed in Vaastu Shastra, the world is governed by the Sun, Moon, Earth, the nine planets, the gravitational force, the magnetic waves, and the Panchmahabhutas, namely, Air or Vayu, Aab or water, Prithvi or earth, Aakaasham or Space, and Agni or fire. It is the perfect harmony among all these cosmic energies that facilitate humans to lead a cheerful, contended, and healthy life. But, these cosmic energies can also cause imbalances in the lives of humans, if they are not respected and messed around with.

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