An Introduction to Vastu Shastra:
A happy home is all everyone wants. Without a happy home nothing will be prosperous in life. People shares different problems of their life within the boundary with their near and dear ones’. People have all the aspiration for their house which they wish and nurture with loved ones. A family bonds over happiness and sorrow, health and wealth. People celebrate their first foot in a new house with auspicious celebration, which is called as ‘Griha Pravesh’, a grand event for menage. It is necessity to perform certain rituals to welcome auspicious and good omen in a house. To get prosperity to sustain happiness, your house’s interior and exterior design need to compliment with some strong scientific astrological recognition. All these concerning matters determines the details of Vastu Shastra– One of the most practiced ancient yet modern day science of forming of a cozy peaceful home.
Vastu Shastra is the scientific study that is based on the juncture of nature with architecture, and their relative effects on different corners of the solid base in response to the four initial directions – north, east, west and south. Vastu Shastra also takes into consideration the vital elements – fire, air, water and earth- four basic element of earth. It is a science that mostly states about the placement of property and furniture of certain shape in certain direction in a house. The main agenda behind the entire concept is to bring about a sense of peaceful balanced ambiance everywhere, so that positive vibes intermingle and negative energy will wipe away. Vastu Shastra can brings and store harmony, prosperity, wealth and good health into the lives of those who practice it.
Instructions for a Vastu-Compliant Home:
Laying the foundation of the house:
There are certain rituals to follow; first of all we have to make sure that the formation of your house is such that the house faces either the North or the East. The utilization of more land should be towards these directions barring the West and the South. The first brick should be placed in the Northeast corner or in the center. The land digging should commence in the Northwest corner and the foundation of the house should be placed in the Southwest corner. While constructing walls, make sure they are higher and wider towards the South and West than in the North and East. The kitchen must face the Southeast, the dining place must in the West, and bedrooms must in the South and West. Bathrooms can be constructed in the Southeast and Northwest. All doors should face the eastern way. Doors, apart from the kitchen and bathroom must open inward.
Placing the accessories in and around your house:
Many houses have a small temple inside the premises. In that cases you can build it in the Northeast side faced. Also if you want to build a swimming pool in your house, let it be on the Northeast side. The sink in the kitchen should be placed to the cooking surface. If you have desire to install any kind of mirror in the dinning place in you must put it in the South and Western directions. Pet shelters in case you have any must be built in the Northwest direction. In today’s Eco living strategy you should think about rainwater harvesting, where you should build in South and let it fall on the North or from the West to the East. All storage spaces should be kept on the South or West arena.
It is suggested that you should not place a bed beneath a beam. Also, if the bed has a headboard, we will suggest you to place it in the South or West. The toilet seat in bathroom must be kept towards the North-South direction; avoid putting it on the West-East direction. If you have staircases, make sure they are towards the South, West, or Southwest directions. Only wooden Staircases can be in the north directions. Water tanks should be kept in the Southwest overhead. We will suggest you not put tank without placing a base plate under it. A basement can be built towards the North or East, and an attic must set up towards the South or West. Trees in your garden will enhance the vastu in the South or West only.
Coloring your house:
Color of walls is significant in any house; it impacts on the lives of the human beings in their minds. Color deviate the energy and strength of the body and imparts positive and negative flows to the people. As a consequence, colors give useful and effective mindfulness. The color of the wall paint of your bedroom and dinning should not be same. Bedroom must get shade of blue or pink shades. These colors are peaceful and impart a romantic aura. Apparently the kitchen and dining area should be painted in orange complexion as it gives joyfulness. Living rooms can have shades of white and cream as per Vastu. These are soulful colors and just right to initiate a conversation. For a study room, keep it green. This color commemorates knowledge with more ease. Never overdo dark color in the bathrooms. Also, if you have a temple within your house, paint it in soulful white.
Preparing your house:
Preparing a house according to Vastu is an important and significant part and should be done before entering the house. The process of construction of a house goes through a number of negative activities like digging, blasting, burrowing, bulldozing, and leveling the ground; drilling, hammering, welding, and cutting of the materials, and a lot of other technical stuffs. By this time, these activities lead to an accumulation of negative energies within the space. The Vastu suggests doing Shanti ceremony to purify the structure and clean out all evils. The rituals done during the ceremony help in wiping all the negative energy and replacing it with positive energy. During The ceremony any kind of cooking, sleeping, or using the toilet of the house should be discarded before it finished. Also, the date for the ceremony must be decided as per astrological calendar.
After the entire ceremony of Griha Shanti is over, milk should be boiled in the kitchen until it overflows. This milk should then be used to prepare a sweet dish for the entire family as per rituals. Also, camphor should be burned in the whole house area.
Using your house as per Vastu rules:
The last step is to ready your house for use. One of the top famous astrologers in Delhi, Dr, Sohini Sastri, has shared some important tips that can be followed:
- At the time of preparing food in the kitchen, always face the East. If this is not possible, the Western direction is optional as well. However, it is a strong opinion to not use the Southern directing while cooking.
- Any kind of buying or business transactions within your home (including online shopping) should be done facing the Northeast direction. This is also suitable for studying.
- Place a bowlful of sea-salt in the bathroom to keep the evil away. You must not read newspapers or make crucial decisions within this area as it is likely to be full of negative energy.
- In the bedroom, always sleep with your head towards the South. It is advisable to not use any electrical devices running in this space. Also, never place or watch TV in your dining room, especially while taking food.
Vastu Shastra has gone through various experiments over the years for the prosperousness of the people. If Vastu Shastra is followed religiously, it will certainly give peace and prosperity in your home.