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History of Vastu Shastra

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Vastu Shastra (or short just Vastu) is the Indian science of space and architecture and how we may create spaces and environment that supports physical & spiritual health and prosperity.

Vastu Shastra evolved during Vedic times in India. The concept of Vastu Shastra was transferred to Tibet, South East Asia and finally to China and Japan where it provided the base for the development of what is now known as Feng Shui.

Vastu Shastra is the art and science of designing houses, offices, temples etc that swirl with good energy. Indian Maharajas and Moghul Emperors used Vastu Shastra when they built their symmetrical palaces, artificial lakes, and geometric courtyards that thirstily absorbed positive energy.

Like feng shui, Vastu Shastra is based on an octagon with the four directions being the anchors. Hindus believe that gods live in each of the quarters of the house, and govern the rooms, possessions, and activities in these locations.

Vasthu is an inherent energy concept of science. We cannot see energy with our naked eyes but we can realize and see its application in different forms and fashions. Vastu Shastra uses the forces of natural energies and aims to restore the balance between the home (the microcosm) and the cosmos (the macrocosm).

Vastu Shastra is not only a science, but is a bridge between man and nature, thus teaching us the Art of Living. Just like every subject of human aspect is governed with rules, regulations and acts, similarly the nature has also got certain key factor principles for smooth governing of its residents, in which Vastu Shastra stands for the law of natural energies.

Vastu, which literally means to live, works on the premise that the earth is a living organism, out of which other living organisms emerge. This life energy is known as Vaastu Purusha. The Vastu Shastra works for a bounded premise i.e., a house, building, industrial area or shop. The main aim is to form a balance between the outside atmosphere and the atmosphere within the premise. Vastu Shastra makes use of five elements – prithvi (earth), agni (fire), tej (light), vayu (wind) and akash (ether), the earth’s magnetic fields i.e. the north and the south pole and the sun’s rays.

History of Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra dates back to the times when the sages lived – probably 6,000 and 3,000 BC. The mention of Vastu Shastra can be found in ancient scriptures like the Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Mayamatam, Manasa saar, etc. Ancient Indian architecture depended on this science for the building of almost all the palaces and temples. Although the exact origins of Feng Shui are debatable, it is thought to have originated about five thousand years ago. Scholars have recorded various aspects of Feng Shui as early as the Song Dynasty (960 BC). However, the basic principles of Feng Shui were first written down during the Han dynasty (25 AD).

How Vastu Shastra works

Vastu Shastra works on three principles of design that cover the entire premise. The first one is Bhogadyam, which says that the designed premise must be useful and lend itself to easy application. The second is Sukha Darsham, in which the designed premise must be aesthetically pleasing. The proportions of the spaces and the material used, in the interiors and exteriors of the building – ornamentation, colour, sizes of the windows, doors and the rooms and the rhythms of projection and depressions – should be beautiful. The third principle is Ramya, where the designed premise should evoke a feeling of well being in the user.

Also, Vastu Shastra is a complicated form of science put together by seventeen sages. There are certain rules that should be followed while building a house or a building. For instance, the building’s underground water tank or well should be situated in the northeast direction. But, if the building has an overhead tank then it should be placed in the southwest direction. Also, more space should be left to the north and the east of the building compound and less on the south and the west. Open space should be kept around the building and if the plot has a road on the east-north directions, it is better for the inhabitants.

Some short principles of Vastu Shastra

  • Indra, the god of gods, is positioned to the East. The East is where it all begins in Vastu Shastra. When people build their homes, the main door or the entrance is always facing the East. The eastern direction is the harbinger of good luck, which comes into the house through the door.
  • Kubera, the god of wealth, resides in the north. In this location some symbolic valuables should be placed to attract wealth.
  • The Northeast is the position for Dharma, the god of righteousness. In Vastu Shastra, this is the place for worship, meditation and introspection.
  • Agni, the god of fire, lives in the southeast corner. This should be the place of the kitchen.
  • Yama, the god of death, resides in the South. He prevents the evil eye from taking control of our lives. In India, people put a ghoulish pumpkin mask, similar to Halloween masks, in Yama’s position to ward off the evil eye.
  • Niruthi, who prevents homes from being robbed, dwells in the southwest corner.

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Vastu for Pooja Room in Home for Positive Energy

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In the present times, Vastu Shastra is the most commonly used term, especially when it comes to purchasing or constructing a new home. To have a happy and prosperous household you must lay stress on enhancing the positive energy inside your home. Vastu Shastra increases wealth, well being and prosperity if you live in structures that allow positive cosmic forces.

One of the most important and sacred corner in any home is a zone of tranquility, the prayer or meditation area; usually known as ‘Pooja Ghar’. Although placement of a Puja Ghar itself brings positive energies in a home, but designing this sacred place as per Vastu guidance enhances positivity in the environment all around. According to Vastu Shastra, the North East zone or the Eeshan (Ishan) corner of a house is the best suited area for placing the Puja room.

It is believed that when Vastu Purush was brought down to the earth, his head laid in the north-east direction. So, while worshipping in this direction along with coming closer to the deity, we also pay obeisance to him. The direction also receives the purifying rays of the rising sun, which purifies the environment and brings positivity and prosperity into our homes.

Follow the below mentioned attributes in order to get an ideal Puja room:

  • Never locate the Puja room in the south and the south-east, as these directions are ruled by Yama and Agni, respectively.
  • Never locate the Puja space in the bedroom, as this place is for rest and pleasure. However if there is no choice, locate it in the north-east corner of the room. Take care that your feet do not point towards this corner while lying on the bed.
  • Avoid locating the toilet above, below or opposite to this room to prevent the negative energies of the toilet from spoiling the auspicious atmosphere of the Puja room.
  • This room should also not be constructed next to the kitchen or located under a staircase. In case you do make the Puja space in the kitchen, keep the deity in such a way that you face east while praying.
  • In very big plots, factories or apartments, the prayer room can be located in the centre or the Brahmasthana, the sector governed by Lord Brahma, the Creator.
  • Make the roof of the Puja room dome or pyramid-shaped. This facilitates smooth flow of positive energies from the tip to the dome or pyramid into the puja room. This shape also assists in meditation.
  • Use tranquil colours on the walls of the Puja room like white, soft shades of yellow, blue or violet. These colours do not distract while praying.
  • Ideally, the doors and windows of this room should open towards the east or north. These should be made of good quality wood and have double shutters.
  • Although north-east is generally the direction recommended for locating the idols or pictures of various Gods; yet different deities have different auspicious locations as described:
    • Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Kartikeya, Indra and Surya are placed in the east and facing towards west.
    • Ganesh, Durga, Kuber, Shodas Matrika and Bhairav in the north direction and facing south.
    • Hanuman in the north-east facing south-west, but never in the south-east as it creates fire hazard.
  • Never keep idols brought from ancient temples in the puja room. Also avoid Shrichakra and Shaligram idols, unless you have tremendous spiritual control and are capable of performing puja in a traditional manner.
  • Never display photographs of the dead family members along with the deities.
  • The height of idols should not be more than 18 inches and should always be placed on a high platform or singhasan.
  • Keep the holy books or dharmic granths and other items of samagri and dresses of the deities along the west and south wall.
  • The lamp or deepak should be placed in the south-east direction, governed by Agni.
  • The Puja room should not be used for other purposes, like storing items that do not belong here. It should also not be used for sleeping purposes or to conceal money and other valuables.
  • Never keep a dustbin in the Puja room, as the positive energy gets diminished due to the negative energies emitted by it.
  • If you ensure the above mentioned points, you would not only add to the serenity of the room, but would also find yourself spiritually uplifted with increased powers of meditation.
  • Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma, resident astrologer of Hindustan Times and Vastu consultant, has authored many books including ‘A Comprehensive Book on Vastu’ and ‘Cultivate Your Relationship the Vastu Way’.

~ By Astrologer Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma

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Importance of Door position in Vastu shastra

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First the length of the wall should be measured; its length should be divided into two equal parts. The door should be fixed a little bit nearer towards the northern side from the centre of the wall, as the southern side is not a prosperous one. Similarly the door should be fixed a little bit nearer towards the eastern side from the centre of the wall, as the western side is not a prosperous one.

All the doors fixed in the parallel walls should be in the same line.

Extended sides and diminished sides of sites and their consequences:

  1. A site which has its south-east and south-west sides extended yields bad results. People who live in such houses may become ill and may make enemies.
  2. If the south-east corner and the north-west corners are extended, the dwellers will face many negative consequences such as fire related accidents, thefts or debts etc.
  3. If the south-east and the north-east corners are extended, they may have to spend huge sums of money and incur losses.
  4. A site that has its sides extended on the north-east and the south-west may lead to mental agony and spending huge amounts of money.
  5. A site that has its sides extended on the north-east and north-west may yield to good results such as enhancement of riches, but often result in family disputes etc.
  6. A site that has its north-eastern slightly extended than its south-east may prosper well in life but this growth on the north should be very limited.
  7. If the north-east side of a site gets extended than its north-west, the dwellers of the house prosper and they become politically shrewd.
  8. If the south-west and the north-west sides are extended, the dwellers are prone to many problems, diseases, imprisonment etc.

Vastu Doors: Places of the Doors and Windows

A house can have the doors on all sides. A house needs doors, windows, shelves and ventilators. These things should be in even number. The house-owner should avoid round figures having a zero such as the numbers 10, 20, 30 etc. The door is to be kept opposite to another door. A house should not have three doors. The south-western side of the house is considered to be the mean sides and the north and the eastern sides are considered to be the good sides.

Each room should have the doors on Eastern and Northern sides. To fix the doors, wo have to measure the length of the wall and note the Centro of the wall and fix the door. Each room has two sides mean side and good side. Here is an example:

Big doors and big windows are to be fixed on the southern and western sides.

Importance of Door position in Vastu shastra

Small doors and small windows arc to be fixed on the eastern and the northern sides. The level under the threshold on the southern and the western sides should be over and above that of the eastern and northern sides. The level of the floor inside the rooms should be comparatively low and water should go out through the north-east corner. While fixing the doors and windows, we have to take necessary/ precautions so that the edges of the walls of the other houses and the roofs of the thatched and tiled houses should not be in their direction. Doors should not be fixed so that they face the roads coming in opposite direction. If the roads come in opposite direction and face the door, the house may yield to negative results.

Eastern Simhadwara (Main Door) in Vastu Shastra

The house which has its main door on the eastern side is the house with eastern simhadwara (the main door).

Such a house should have minimum possible extent of site on its southern and western sides. The house may have its verandahs on south and west. There should be adequate height on the southern and the western sides. The level should be comparatively lower its eastern and northern sides.

The water-level should be lower on the eastern and the northern sides. The owner should have verandahs on the north and the east. The eastern verandah should be lower in height.

The house with eastern simhadwara should have its staircase on the south-east or the south-west Or the north-west corner. It should not be on the north- east corner.

Southern Simhadwara (Main Door) in Vastu Shastra

The house that has its simhadwara on its southern side is a house with southern simhadwara.

Such a house is to be built leaving the minimum extent of site on its southern side and leaving so many sites on the northern side. It is better to have verandahs on its northern side. The movement of water inside the house should lead to its north-eastern corner, if the house has so much of site on the north, it yields good results and the family prospers. The staircase again should be on the south-east corner or on the south-west corner or on the north-west corner also.

Importance of Door position in Vastu shastra

Western Simhadwara (Main Door) in Vastu Shastra

The house that has its main door on the western side is the house with the western simhadwara. To build such a house, we should not leave much space-on the western side. If the owner leaves- much space-on the western side, he may incur huge financial losses, he may undergo mental agony etc. He may face the danger of becoming iH and may die a premature death The water level inside the house should point to the north-east corner. The owner should leave space to the maximum extent possible in north and east. The stair-case may be on the southern or the western side.

North Simliadwara (Main Door) in Vastu Shastra

The house which has its simhadwara on its northern side is the house with north simhadwara.

To build such a house, the owner should not leave much space on the western and the southern sides. He should leave the space to the maximum extent possible on the north. He can have verandahs on the northern side. The water flow should lead to the north-east corner. The house should not completely be closed on its northern side. There may be so much of open space on the eastern side of the house. The stair case should be on the south west or on the north-west.

South-East Cornered Simhadwara in Vastu Shastra

Some people build houses keeping the main door on the south-east corner of the house. In such cases, the dwellers of the house are prone to several troubles including huge financial losses, fire accidents, thefts etc, They may take to gambling, prostitution etc.

South-West Cornered Simhadwara in Vastu Shastra

Some people build houses keeping the main door on the south-west corner of the house. Such house yield to bad results such as premature deaths, making many enemies, incurring financial losses and the owner may suffer many set-backs.

North-West Cornered Simhadwara in Vastu Shastra

When people build houses keeping the main door on the north-west corner of the house, they may make enemies, get imprisoned, become ill, mad etc.
North-East Cornered Simhadwara in Vastu Shastra

The house with its door on the north-east corner leads to so many good results, such as wealth, prosperity. The people who live in such houses become influential, they make many friends, they prosper in business, in such a house, the north-eastern room should be in a lower position comparatively. The owner should use that room for worshipping God.

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The Impact of Colors in Vaastu Shastra

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Colours affect various domains of our life – world, food, clothing, the living place, transportation, education and recreation. Colour also can harmonize and balance our energy and thus improve our life and destiny. Out of the balance and harmonizing of positive and negative forces arises energy – the most essential feature of life and human energy is greatly affected by colour. Colours play a vital role in influencing vastu shastra to a greater extent.

Let us take a look at how colours influence vastu, which bring balance to our minds and bodies and stimulate our energy that is a colourful change which gives zest:

Colors are most powerful in influencing the human mind and body. It is also the least expensive, easiest and quickest to use, to change and to create a decorating scheme. In Vedic periods, all colors were taken out from vegetables and flowers, which were more permanent in shade, soothing to eye and natural tint. At an early period in human history the symbolic use of colors was made. During early period Heart, which was the seat of life and the blood was identified with life and consciousness and was colored red. Yellows were possibly the color of fire and white that of the day. Vaastu Shastra provides vital guidelines as to how to decorate our homes etc. in decent manner to derive maximum delight with dignity and décor.

According to some Vaastukars, the color schemes should conform to the raashi (constellation / zodiac sign) of the owner to bring good luck and happiness.

Zodiac sign and their suggested colours:

Aries:                Coral Red
Taurus:            Milky white
Gemini:            Green
Cancer:            Rose red,pearl
Leo:                  Ruby red, dim white
Virgo:               Emerald green
Libra:               Cement color, milky white
Scorpio:           Pink, coral red
Sagittarius:      Golden yellow
Capricon:         Dim red
Aquarius:         Pink, blue
Pisces:               Yellow, pure white

If a room has poor daylight, it should be painted in light color and if a room gets good amount of natural light throughout the day, it can be painted in some deep color. If a room has only a North window, which admits cold light, we should not use blue on the walls. If a room gets much direct sunlight, it is not advisable to paint the walls yellow or peach. It is nearly better to have ceilings white and the ceiling temperature should be less than the human body temperature. Some scholars suggest different color to the direction the building faces. They are really the colors of the planets governing these directions.

Direction and their suggested colours:

East:                   (Sun) Shining White
West:                  (Saturn) Blue
North:                (Mercury) All Greens
South:                (Mars) Pink,Coral Red
North-East:       (Jupiter) Golden Red
South-West:     (Rahu) All Greens
South-East:       (Venus) Silver White
North-West:      (Moon) White

Color contrast in value is perhaps the most important factor in a composition or a design. Maximum contrast is obtained by the use of colors of extremely strong chromes. A strong yellow on a black field is an excellent example of maximum visibility. A bright strong yellowish red would be considered as a powerful color. The color of an object depends upon the light it emits or sends back to an eye. Opposite contrast colors are quickly changed when it mixed as for black which makes colors both brighter and lighter in looks. Surrounding an intense color with a Grey increase the apparent colorfulness of the intense color making. It appears even brighter or brilliant. Surrounded by yellow, a Grey color may appear slightly blue. Surrounded by red, it may appear slightly green and surrounding by Grey with a bright color on other hand may influence the eye to discern in the greying of the complementary of the bright colors.

A sensible good blending can create a forceful creation. A particular color can activate or can control human glands by different bodily functions. Such as for good appetizer or to give excitement for the low blood pressure patient, a light limited soothing color atmosphere is recommended. Similarly Blue color is to stop overeating habits. For a high blood pressure patient, a light limited soothing color atmosphere is recommended. For quicker healing, green color is used in hospitals. For a good healthy, tasty food, golden yellow or tinted brown color is recommended.

Colors effect our body and mind very much. The purest and most thoughtful minds are those, which love, colors the most. The cool colors are blue sea or mainly blue in cast. The warm colors are red or mainly blue in cast. The warm colors are red and yellow in cast. Red make you feel happy while man can work best when surrounded by blue, but too strong blue or red cause depression. People often feel cold in blue room and warm in a red room. It is the color that makes them feel that way.

Vastu and suggested colours for Home:

Bedroom:                 Pink , Light Green, Light Blue
Living Room:           Yellow, Green, Blue, Beige And Tan
Kitchen:                   White, Orange, Yellow, Rose Pink, Red And Chocolate
Bathroom:               White, Mixture Of White And Black, Gray Colors, Pink And Other Pastel Colors
Dining Room:         Green, Pink And Blue

 

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