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May 9 Gods On Vasthu Mandalam Dear Friend, We have discussed Vasthumandalam in my last post. It is a square plot with four sides facing East, South, West and North. According to Vasthu Vidya, the Vasthu Mandalam has 45 gods inside it and 8 outside. When we divide each side into 9 equal parts and draw parallel lines joining the dividing points on the lines, we will get 9 rows and 9 columns, giving us 81 cells in all. The names of gods, if we begin from the North East and proceed in a clockwise direction, are... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Easanan Parjanyan Jayanthan Indran Adithyan Sathyakan Bhrusan Anthareekshan Agni

10. Pushav 11. Vithadhan 12. Grihakshathan

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32.

Yaman Gandharvan Bhrumgan Mrugan Pithrukkal Dwarapalan Sugreevan Pushpadanthan Varunan Asuran Soshan Rogan Vayu Nagan Mukhyan Balladan Soman Argalan Adithi Dithi Nine cells in the centre of Vasthumandalam is occupied by the god Brahmav". On the east side 6 cells are occupied by Aryakan; on the South 6 cells are occupied by Vivaswan; six cells on the West side are occupied by Mithrakan; and six cells on the North side are occupied by Bhoobhruth. In the North East corner two cells are for Apavalsan and two for Apan. In the South East corner two cells each are for Savithran and Savithav. In the South

West two cells are for Indrajith and two for Indran and in the North West two cells are for Sivajith and two for Sivan. Outside of Vasthumandalam, there are some evil spirits, such as Charaki in the North East, Vidari in the South East, Poothanika in the South West, and Paparakshasi in the North West; and there are some gods like Sarvaskandan in the East, Aryamavu in the South, Jrumbhakan in the West and Peelipinchakan in the North. Looking at this in another way, the Centre of Vasthumandalam is the symbol of Parabrahmam, around the Parabrahmam there are twelve devathas and they are the symbol of the Sun (representing the Sun of 12 months); and around these, there are thirty two devathas and they are the symbol of 32 stars. The gods present in the Eastern side of the Vasthumandalam, are the gods of light; in the Southern side, are the gods of death; in the western side, the gods that rule over darkness and in the Northern side, the gods that rule over birth. In my opinion, all gods, those within and outside of Vasthu mandalam are the different types of life forces. The shape of Vasthu mandalam is square and the plot with 3, 5, 6 sides are inauspicious as per Vasthu Vidya. The Brahmasthanam is very holy place in Vasthu mandalam. When sunlight passes through the prism, we get 7 colours and many more invisible light frequencies. In the same way, the square plot may generate life forces, which are favourable to our life. The words Brahma, Para Brahma, Nirguna Para Brahma, Saguna Para Brahma are the vedic names of the universe. Everything is created or developed from Para Brahma and goes back to Para Brahma. In my opinion, the original nature of Para Brahma (Universe) is Nirguna Para Brahma. Now our universe is Saguna Para Brahma because it has all qualities and we can experience colour, taste, hardness etc. These qualities are controlled by the number of moving particles present in the molecules and their movements. When the movements of moving particles stopped, the universe became Nirguna Para Brahma. But this may be an imaginary and not material.

Yours lovingly, Raj Posted 9th May 2013 by RAJ Labels: names of gods Vasthu Vidya Vasthumandalam vastu
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Mar 4

Vasthupurushan,Charavasthu and Vasthu Mandalam

Dear Friend, We have heard about Kalapurusha in jyothisham, Kavyapurusha in song, and Vasthupurusha in vasthuvidya. The word Purush is a confusing one because it is a synonym of male. But in Indian philosophy, Purusha means the person or Chaithanyam (Chaithanyam means life force) who exists or abode in Puri (Puri means place, body, a creation or time etc). In Vasthuvidya, Vasthupurushan means the life force existing on the earth or Vasthumandalam. Vasthuvidya considers Vasthupurushan as a demon, whose head is placed in the North-East direction and the feet in the South-West direction.

There are many stories about the origin of Vasthupurusha: One story says that it originated from a sweat drop of God Siva (in jyothisham the Sun is considered as Siva). Another story is that a demon got a blessing and became a megalomaniac and began making problems for all the gods. They were disgusted and went to war with him. During the war, the demon fell on to the earth and started tormenting all living organisms. When his head came to settle in a North-East position and the legs in a South-West position, all the gods come over his body and defeated him. This is the demon who became Vasthupurushan. The great book of Vasthuvidya Manushyalaya Chandrika Vasthupurushan lies on back and some other books lies prone. But the position of Gods in Vasthu Mandalam are mostly same to all books. In my opinion, the above stories are connected to the modern science understanding of the origin of the earth. 1. All stories have some quarrel-type situations and this may be to symbolize the explosion of the Sun. In jyothisham the Sun is considered as Siva. The sweat-drop of Siva therefore means something coming from the Sun. Vasthupurushan is a demon and he makes problems for living beings. This may be a symbol of the earth which is unfit for supporting life soon after the time of the explosion.

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3. Gods came over the Vasthupurusha and defeated him and this may symbolize the earth becoming fit for living organisms due to the effect of different types of cosmic forces over a long period of time. The details of such forces are explained in different gods on the Vasthumandalam.

Charavasthu Madhaveeyam the great book of jyotisham says this about Charavasthu. We can see the detailed explanation in the 6th stanza of Chapter 9. The stanza means that the position of Vasthupurush is changeable, based on Rasipramanam. The foot of Vasthupurush is placed in the Sun-rising Rasi (month) and the head is in the 7th Rasi of the rising Rasi. When the month changes, the foot and the head of Vasthupurush also change. In my opinion, this Pramanam also is another supporting evidence to prove that the Vasthupurusha concept is totally connected to earth. On June 21st, the Sun arrives at the maximum point of the North East side and on December 22nd, at the maximum Southern position.

The inclination of the earth in its rotation and revolution around the Sun gives us the feeling of movement of the Sun from the North to South and the South to North. Actually this movement is connected to Vasthupurusha or Charavasthu or earth. As per the stanza of Madhaveeyam, Vasthupurushan lies in the left side of Vasthu Mandalam, with the feet at sunrising month and head at seventh month. When we fix a stump in Vasthumandala for a new construction, it is

inauspicious if fixed on the foot, head, buttocks, chest, thigh of Vasthupurusha; and auspicious if fixed on the stomach. Vasthu Mandalam Vasthu Mandalam is a square plot with the four sides facing the east, south, west and north directions. Vasthuvidya says that the Vasthupurushan lies in the Vasthu Mandalam with the head in North-East side and the legs in South-West side. A square has the highest position in ancient Indian science. A square symbolizes the Prithwi Bhootha. The shape of Adhara Sila in Shadadharam of a temple and the outer lines of every Yanthram (which is connected to thanthrikavidya) and the Vasthu Mandalam are all shaped as squares. Our next topic of discussion will be the names of gods in Vasthumandalam.

Yours lovingly, Raj


Posted 4th March 2013 by RAJ
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Feb 12 Ayadishadvargam This is a very important post regarding the mathematical calculation of Ayadishadvargam in Vasthuvidya. Here, ayam means income, shad means six, and vargam means groups, which includes yoni (which discusses directions), ayam (discusses income), vyayam (discusses expenditure), nakshathram (discusses stars), vayas (discusses age), thidhi (discussed earlier), varam (week) and pakshantharavyam (expenditure with a different types of calculation). Vasthuvidya considers that these components influence the perimetre as auspicious, medium, or inauspicious. The great books of Vasthvidya: the Manushyalayachandrika, Thanthrasamuchaya, Silparatnam, Vasthuvidya and Mayamatham (Mayamatham discusses Pakshantharavyayam) generally use certain formulae to calculate the Ayadishadvargam. The perimetre of a structure is considered the base measurement in Vasthuvidya.

Here: Q = Quotient. B = Balance or Remainder; P = Perimetre; K = Kole; A = Angulam 1. 2. Yoni = P x (3/8) Here B is Yoni. Here B is Vyayam.

Vyayam = P x (3/14) 3.

Ayam = P x (8/12) Here B is Ayam.

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Nakshathram = P x (8/27) Here B is Nakshathram. 5. 6. 7. Vayas = P x (8/27) Here Q is Vayas. Thidhi = P x (8/30) Here B is Thidhi. Varam = P x (8/7) Here B is Varam. Here B is Vyayam.

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Pakshantharavyayam = P x (9/10) For example,

Perimetre of a house = 4056 cm Given that 1 Kole = 72 cm; and 1 Angulam = 3 cm, we get Total Angulam = 4056cm / 3 = 1352 A 1352 A = 1352 / 24 = 56 K 8 A. 1. Yoni = 56K 8A x 3/8 = 169 / 8 Here Q=21; B=1 Therefore, yoni number is 1; so it is called Dhwajayoni. 2. 3. 4. Vyayam = 56K 8A x 3/14 = 169/14 Here Q=12; B=1 Here Q=37; B=6K 16A

Ayam = 56K 8A x 8/12 = (450H 16A) / 12

Nakshathram = 56K 8A x 8/27 = (450H 16A) / 27 Here Q=16; B= 18K 16A 18th Stars completed and next star is Moolam. 5. Vayas = 56K 8A x 8/27 = (450H 16A) / 27 Here Vayas is Balyam. Here Q=16

(Note: Vayas can be: Balyam (1), Kowmaram (2), Yovvanam (3),

Vardhikyam (4), Maranam (5), Balyam (6), Kowmaram (7), Yovvanam (8), Vardhikyam (9), Maranam (10), Balyam (11), Yovvanam (12), Kowmaram (13), Vardhikyam (14), Maranam (15), Balyam (16) and so on) 6. Thidhi = 56K 8A x 8/30 = (450H 16A) / 30 Here Q=15; B=16A. So thidhi is Pradipadham or 1st of second half. 7. Varam = 56K 8A x 8/7 = (450H 16A) / 7 Here Q=64; B=2H 16A. (Here: 1H = Sunday; 2H = Monday; 16A = Tuesday) So the Varam is Tuesday. Here Q=50H; B=7H

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Pakshantharavyayam = 56K 8A x 9/10 = 507H / 7 Yoni

We can discuss Yoni in detail. Yoni is the Prana (life) of the building. There are eight yonis:

In this picture, NE, ES, SW, NW are inauspicious and E, S, W, N are auspicious In earlier posts, we have discussed Angulamanam, Thalamanam and Kolemanam. Here, the basic unit of Kolemanam equals 8 Angulam or is calculated as 1 padam.

In this way, the development or progression of Kolemanam is based on direction P = Padam. We can discuss about vasthu purushan, vasthu mandalam and chara vasthu in the next post.

Yours lovingly, Raj Posted 12th February 2013 by RAJ Labels: Angulamanam Ayadishadvargam Kolemanam Nakshathram Padam Pakshantharavyayam Pradipadham Thalamanam Thidhi Varam vasthu vastu Vayas Vyayam Yoni
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Aug 18 PANCHANGAM Dear friend, We believe that in everything there is both good and bad. Indians believe that a new project should be started in an auspicious or appropriate time. Otherwise, it flops and the result turns out a failure. So, we use the Panchangam to discover the appropriate time. The Panchangam helps us to find out the position of the moon, sun, stars and the planets. Our ancients held the belief that the position of the heavenly bodies helped us to succeed in our new projects. The information in a Panchangam includes the Week, the Star, Tidhi, Karanam and Nithyayogam. Week

We know that there are seven days in a week and that they are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We can examine how these names are allotted the days from Sunday to Saturday. The ancient Indians believed that the morning of every day started with the influence of a planet. The day is named according to the name of the influencing planet (eg. Sunday is based on the Sun). According to their calculation, one day has 60 Nazhika (a unit of time) and every planets influence remains for 2 Nazhika. The duration of this time is the same as one hour. The name of the days is based on the distance of the planets from the earth. (Note that here the Sun is also considered a planet.) The Average Distance of the Planet from the Earth Saturn Jupiter Mars Sun Venus Mercury Moon 980200000 miles 576900000 miles 234000000 miles 93000000 miles 25760000 miles 57000000 miles 238850 miles (Saturday) (Thursday) (Tuesday) (Sunday) (Friday) (Wednesday) (Monday)

In the above table, the distance of Mercury from the Earth is more than that of Venus. But the Indian Astronomer considers Venus as farther away from Mercury. It may become very far during the rotation through its orbit. It can go more than 2 crore and 50 lakh miles away from Mercury. On the basis of the above calculation, every planet has its influence for one hour in the morning of every day and hence the day is called by the name of that planet. For example, we can start from Saturday morning (a day 24 Hours). Saturn (1)* 8 Jupiter 2 9 Mars 3 10 Sun 4 11 Venus 5 12 Mercury 6 13 Moon 7 14 *(1) Morning First Hour This process is called KALAHORA in Indian astrology. Here, another important thing is that all over the world the names of days are given in the same way according to their relation to planets. STAR 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 (1)* 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 (1)* 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 (1)* 2 3 4 5

The star is calculated from the base of the rotation of the moon round the earth. Moon takes 27 days for this rotation. Or it covers 360o round the earth within 27 days. So, we can calculate the degree of a star as 360o % 27= 13.330 (13.200). The group of stars included within this degree is together called a star in Panchangam. The stars are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Aswathi Bharani Karthika Rohini Makayiram Thiruvathira Punartham Pooyam Ayilyam Makam Pooram Uthram Atham Chithra Chothi Vishakham Anizham Thrikketta Moolam Pooradam Uthradam Thiruvaonam Avittam Chathayam Pooruruttathy Uthatattathi Revathi

THIDHI Thidhi simply means the distance between the Sun and Moon. The speed of the moon round the earth is more than the speed of the sun. (Thought the Earth is moving round the sun, we perceive the sun as moving round the earth.) The Sun covers average 1o in a day (360/365 = 59 minutes 8 seconds) and the moon cover 13o in a day. The difference is 12o and that is called in one Thidhi. On the day of the new moon, the Thidhi is zero. Because sun and moon are present in the same degree in day time.

1st day (Prathama) 2nd day (Dwithiya) 3rd day (Thridhiya) 4th day (Chathurthy) 5th day (Panchami) 6th day (shasti) 7th day (Sapthami) 8th day (Ashtami) 9th day (Navami) 10thday (Dasami) 11th day (Ekadasi) 12th day (Dwadesi) 13thday (Thriodasi) 14th day (Chathurdasi) 15th day (Full moon)

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12o 24o 36o 48o 60o 72o 84o 96o 108o 120o 132o 144o 156o 168o 180o

On the day of the full moon, the moon rises at the time of sunset. From full moon to new moon, the above process, which continues from prathama to chathurdasi is called Thidhi. Actually, it is a technique to find the position of the moon on a particular day. KARANAM of Thidhi is called Karanam. So, there are 60 Karanams in a moon month or lunar month. There are two types of Karanams: first, the Sthirakaranam (Permanent Karanam); and second, the Charakaranam (Repeating Karanam). Sthirakaranam Sthirakaranam are four in number. They are: Pullu (Hawk), Nalkali (Cattle), Pambu (Snake) and Puzhu (Worm). Charakaranam Charakaranam are seven in number. They are: Simham (lion), Puli (tiger), Panni (pig), Kazhatha (donkey), Aana (elephant), Surabhi (cow), Vishti (an animal similar to a dog). Example: Prathama 1st is Puzhu IInd is Simham 1st is Puli IInd is Panni 1st is Kazhutha IInd is Aana 1st is Surabhi IInd is Vishti 1st is Simham IInd is Puli

Dithiya

Thridhiya

Chathurthi Panchami

Shasthi

1st is Panni IInd is Kazhutha

This system goes up to 57 numbers and 58 is Pullu, 59 is Nalkali and the last 60 is Pambu. Nithyayogam Nithyayagam is the sum-total of moving degrees of sun and moon. Total nithayyogam are 27 Numbers. They are:

Vishakham Preethi Ayushman Soubhagya Shobhana Athikaranam Sukarma Dhruthi Soola Khanda Vrudhi Dhuva Vyakhyatha Harshana Vajra Sidhi Vyatheepatha Variyan Parikha Siva Sidha Sadhya Subha Subhram Brahma Mahendra and Vydhruthi.

The week, the star Thidhi, Karanam and Nityayogam have been explained above. All of them can be categorized on the basis of quality as one of the following: auspicious, medium, or inauspicious. In the case of the week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are auspicious; Sunday is medium; and Saturday and Thusday are inauspicious for starting a new project. In the case of the star, Kathika, Bharani, Ayilayam, Pooram, Vishakham, Ketta, Pooradam and Pooruruttathi are inauspicious. In the case of Thidhi; Chathurthi, Ashtami, Navami, Chathursassi and the new moon are inauspicious. Karanam All sthirakaranams (Pullu, Nalkali, Pambu, Puzhu and Vishti) are inauspicious.

Nithyayogam Vishkabha, Athikannam, Soola, Khanda, Vyakhyatha, Vajra, Vyatheepatham, Parikha, and Vydhruthi are inauspicious. For academic interest, we can discuss Rasipramanam. There are twelve rassi around the earth. Rasi means 360o/12=30o. In modern days, this is called the month. Rasichakra means a circle around the earth and divided into 12 equal degrees. But in certain months, the days are different because the distance to cover 30o is more than in other months. In Malayalam (the language of Kerala), there are twelve months. They are: Chingam, Kanni, Thulam, Vrichikam, Dhanu, Makaram, Kumbham, Meenam, Medam, Edavam, Midhunam, Karkidakam.

This circle is converted to a squire for easy practice. This square Rasichakram helps us to find the position of Upalayam (well, store, bath room, etc).

Next we shall discuss the concept of Ayadi Shadvargam of Vasthuvidya. Posted 18th August 2012 by RAJ
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Aug 8 Thalamanam, Angulamanam, Yavanamanam and Dandhumanam in Vasthuvidya Dear friend, The last time, we discussed Hastham and today we can discuss about Thalamanam, Angulamanam,Yavanamanam and Dandumanam in Vasthuvidya.

Thalamanam

Paramanu (atom), Thilam, Navararanellu are used for measuring the Angulam. The Ancients used the length of the face and the palm of human beings as a unit of measurement for constructions. This unit is called Thalamanam. Thalamanam is used for manufacturing sculpture. 1/12 of the length of the face or the palm is an angulam. Sculptures of children, such as of the God Ganapathi, are made by panchathalam (pancha means five). The sculptures of demons and of human beings are made using the unit of measurement Ashtathalam (ashtathalam means eight) and of the Gods and Goddesses such as Brahmav, Vishnu, Sivan, Devi are made by using dasathalam (dasathalam means ten).

Angulamanam

Angulamanam is also used as a unit for construction. This is the length of the middle part of the middle finger of the right hand. Three angulams equal a mushti. Eight angulams equal a padam and twelve angulams a thalam. In certain places in Kerala like Kannur and Thalassery, the angulam is used as the unit for building construction. When the unit became very small the construction also became very complicated. Lack of accuracy in the measurements made the result of construction become inauspicious. The great book Manushyalaya Chandrika gives some directions for the usage of Angulam, Hastham and Yavam. When the perimeter of a construction is more than three hasthams, the unit of construction is hastham. If the perimeter is below three hashtams, then the unit is angulam and if it is three angulams, the unit is yavam.

Yavamanam
The navaranellu, thilam based unit is called yavamanam. Here eight navara is one angulam or 8 thilam x 8 is one angulam. 12 angulam is one vithasthi and two vithasthi is one hastham.

Dandumanam

Dandumanam is the width of a wall, foundation or length of a beam of a sree kovil or temple. The position of antharmandalam, anthahara, madhyahara, bahyahara and maryada (the five parts of temple) are calculated by dandumanam.

Manapramanam can be classified into three types also on the basis of result such as auspicious, medium, and inauspicious. A construction with auspicious measurements creates pranasakthi and it is surprising. Ayadi Shadvargam includes yoni, ayam, vyam, nakshathram (star), age, thidhi, karanam, week, pakshantharavyayam, etc. Of the above list, star, thidhi, karanam,week, pakshantharavyayam are included in panchangam. So before going to discuss the ayadi shadvargam, we can discuss panchangam. Yours lovingly,

Raj Posted 8th August 2012 by RAJ


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Jul 26 MANAPRAMANAM IN VASTHUVIDYA Dear Friend, Every thing in our universe has its own proportions and measurements. It is essential for a healthy existence. In this way Manapramanam has a very important role to play in vasthuvidya. Mana means Mathematics and pramanam means theory. Hence the whole word manapramanam means Mathematical relations of Vasthuvidya. The great book, Manasaram, emphasizes the importance of Manapramanam. The measurements of Vasthuvidya start from Paramanu (atom), the smallest unit. A paramanu is not visible to our eyes. Paramanu and other units of measurement are hierarchically scaled as follows: 8 Paramanu 8 Renu 8 Belagram 8 Liksha 8 Thilam = = = = = 1 Renu 1 Kesagram 1 Liksha 1 Thilam 1 Yevodaram

8 Yevodaram = 8 Angulam = 12 Angulam = 24 Angulam = 4 Hastham = 8 Dandhu =

1 Angulam 1 Patham 1 Vithasthi 1 Hastham (Kole) 1 Dandhu 1 Reju

The minute units of measurement in the above table are not easy to measure in practice. So we start from Thilam. Thilam is an oil-yielding seed called sesame. Eight Thilam join together to form a unit called the Yevodaram.. 8 Yevodaram joined together called Angulam. The size of a Thilam changes from place to place due to geographical and climatic differences. So the length of angulam also changes accordingly. These changes cause confusion and so the mistaken feeling of Vasthuvidya being an irrational science. But that is not a fact. In my opinion, the change of climate, geography and other natural components affect all living organisms, including their size and height. This needs to be taken into consideration. The habitat (the place of residence) of all organisms has some relation to the size of their body, e.g. nest, cave, hole of rat, etc. So the variation in angulam is not a problem. In Kerala, the length of a Hastham (kole) varies from 71 cm to 75 cm. In Thirumoozhikkulam Temple, there are two types of Hastham marked on the south and the north sides of the door. The length of Hastham marked on the south side is larger than that on the north. This indicates that a smaller Hastham is used on the northern side of the temple and a larger one for the southern side. (In Kannur, the length of Hastham is 71 cm, in Thalassery 72 cm, Udayannur 71.66 cm, Kottayam 72.6 cm, Aranmula 73.33 cm, Mavelikkara 73.66 cm, Kollam 74 cm and in Thiruvananthapuram 75 cm). Navara Nellu a type of medicinal paddy is using for measuring the length of Angulam. The name and the use of the Hastham change with the increase in size of the Angulam as follows: The Hastham (kole) with 24 Angulam is called Kishku The Hastham (kole) with 25 Angulam is called Prajapathyam The Hastham (kole) with 26 Angulam is called Dhanurmushti The Hastham (kole) with 27 Angulam is called Dhanurgraham The Hastham (kole) with 28 Angulam is called Prachiam The Hastham (kole) with 29 Angulam is called Vaideham The Hastham (kole) with 30 Angulam is called Vypulyam The Hastham (kole) with 31 Angulam is called Prakeernam In this above list, Kishku (24 Angulam), Dhanurmushti (26 Angulam), Prachiam (28 Angulam), Vypulyam (30 Angulam) are used for house construction; Prajapathyam (25 Angulam), Vaideham (29 Angulam) are used for temple construction; and Dhanurgraham (27

Angulam) Prakeernam (31 Angulam) are used for measuring village, palace, pond, river, etc. However, Kishku is generally the most accepted measurement of Hastham (kole). On the basis of result, there are three types of Hastham. An Angulam with 8 Yevodaram is auspicious, 7 Yevodaram is medium, 6 Yevam is inauspicious. Navaranellu is used also for measuring angulam. 8 Navaranellu vertically is auspicious, 7 Navaranellu is medium, and 6 Navaranellu is inauspicious. Another way of measuring is: 4 Navaranellu lengthwise is auspicious, 3 is medium and 2 is inauspicious. So the total number of Hastham is Angulam with 8 Yevodaram Angulam with 7 Yevodaram Angulam with 6 Yevodaram Angulam with 8 Navaranellu Vertical Angulam with 7 Navaranellu Vertical Angulam with 6 Navaranellu Vertical Kishku Prajapathyam Dhanurmushti Dhanurgraham Prachyam Vaideham = 72 Vypulyam (9x8=72) Prakeernam

Angulam with 4 Navaranellu Lengthwise Angulam with 3.5 Navaranellu Lengthwise Angulam with 2 Navaranellu Lengthwise Now in Kerala, Kishku (24 Angulam) is used for house and temple constructions. For practical ease, 1 Angulam is considered as 3 cm and 1 Hastham as 72 cm. Our next discussion will be about Thalamanam, Angulamanam, Yevamanam and Dhandumanam Yours lovingly, Raj Posted 26th July 2012 by RAJ Labels: india kerala traditional buildings vasthu vastu
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Jul 5 Importance of Directions in Vasthuvidya Dear Friend, Vasthuvidya gives great importance to directions, such as East, South-East, South, South-West, West, North-West, North and North-East. There is a stanza in Manushyalayachandrika Dhvaja Dhooma Simha Kukkura Vrusha Khara gaja vayasa kramena syu Pragadionayo astow Theshva Yuja sambada yuja vipade

Vasthuvidya considers that the directions give pranan or life to houses, which in turn are considered yoni. These concepts are related to some mathematical measurements. Here the East is called Dhwaja Yoni or Eka Yoni (one); the South -east, Dhooma Yoni or Dhy Yoni (two); South, Simha Yoni or Thri Yoni (three); South-west, Kukkura Yoni or Chathur Yoni (four); West, Vrishabha Yoni or Pancha Yoni (five); the North West, Khara Yoni or Shad Yoni (six); North, Gaja Yoni or Saptha Yoni (seven); and North-West, Vayasa Yoni or Ashta Yoni (eight). Here the odd numbered yoni are considered auspicious and even numbered ones, inauspicious. We can discuss the calculations of yoni later. Dwaja Yoni The quality of dwaja yoni is that it is auspicious for everything - God is Brihaspathi, the guna is sathvic, the caste is Brahmin and the measurements of Dwaja yoni are applicable to all directions. Simha Yoni This Yoni brings economic prosperity. God is Kujan (Mars), the guna is thamoguna, the caste is Kshetriya and the measurements of Simha yoni are usable for the South, West, and North. Vrishabha Yoni Surplus of grains is the peculiarity of this yoni, the God is Sani (Saturn), the caste is soodran and the measurements are fit only for the West. Gaja Yoni This is auspicious, the God is Budhan (Mercury), the caste is vysian, guna is rejoguna and the measurements are suitable for the North and the West. But the even number yonis are not fit for angels and are despicable, because the result of Dhooma yoni is fear, Kukkura yoni is quarrel, Khara yoni is fragility and Vayasa yoni is total destruction. In vasthu vidya, the houses which face the East are called Padinjatini; south-facing houses are called Vadakini; west-facing houses, Kizhakini; and the north-facing ones, Thekini. When all houses are joined together, it is called Nalukettu. When we decide to make a single house, Vasthuvidya gives first preference to thekini and second to padinjatini, third to kizhakini and last to vadakini.

Why is such a hierarchy given by Vasthuvidya? In my opinion, India mainly Kerala is situated north of the Equator. The position of the Sun keeps changing from month to month. It moves southward until December and back to the north until June. In this movement, the majority of the time the position of the Sun is in the southern part of India. So sunlight falls directly on the south side of the house. If the house is Thekini (facing north) the sunlight falls on the back side and this will not hardly affect the residence. In the case of Padinjatini sunlight falls on the east side only for a short period of time. In this case also the direct sunlight does not affect the residence. But in the case of Vadakini and Kizhakini the effect of sunlight is not like this. So, I think one of the reasons for the preference of Thekini and Padinjatini is perhaps the direct sunlight. If the houses are not facing the correct direction sunlight falls on two sides and increases the room temperature. The increase of temperature affects the residents mentally and physically. Another fact of importance is the magnetic field of the earth. In Malayalam (the language of Kerala) there is a proverb about the position of sleeping: Venam Kizhakkottu, Avam thekkottu, venel padinjattu, venda vadakkottu. This proverb tells us about the direction our head should point to while sleeping. The best position is the east or the south. This helps to improve our health conditions. The reason seems to be the magnetic field of our body and the earth. Next, we shall discuss the Manapramanam of Vasthuvidya. Yours lovingly, Raj Posted 5th July 2012 by RAJ
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Jun 28 Soothram, Reju, Marmam (Vital Spot) in Vasthuvidya Dear friend, What are these terms: soothram, reju, and marmam? We are going to see. Soothram Draw a line from east to west on a level piece of land intended for house construction. This line is called Brahmasoothram. Another line 90 degrees to this line, i.e. a line running from south to north, is called Yamasoothram. We divide the level land into four pieces using these two Soothrams.

The piece of land in the north-east is called Eassana Khandam and the north-east corner is called Eassana Kone. The piece of land in the south-east is called Agneya Khandam and the corner is Agni Kone. The piece of land in south-west is called Nirthi Khandam and the corner is Nirthi Kone. The piece of land in the north-west is called Vayu Khandam and the corner is called Vayu Kone.

In the above four pieces of land Eassana Khandam and Nirthi Khandam are suitable for house construction. Eassana Khandam has another name Manushya Khandam and Nirthi Khandam has another name Deva Khandam. Agni Khandam has another name Yama Khandam. Vasthu Vidya objects to house construction on this piece of land because it gives an inauspicious result. Vayu Khandam has another name Asura Khandam. In certain places, Vysyas use this land for construction. Reju

Draw a line from Agni Kone (south-east) to Vayu Kone (north-west) and draw another from Nirthi Kone (south-west) to Eassana Kone (north-east). These lines are called Reju. The first of these two lines is called Mrityu Soothram and the second, Karna Soothram. The two ends of Brahma Soothram, Yama Soothram, Mrityu Soothram and Karna Soothram go to eight directions. Touching of these soothrams or lines in the centre or

corner of other constructions such as houses, roads, cattle shed, well, ponds, etc, is called Vedha Dosham. However, this principle is not applicable to Nalu Kettu type of houses. Width of Soothram Draw a square on a level piece of land and divide each side into nine equal lengths. These rows and columns will give 81 (9x9) cells. Here the width of a soothram is 1/12 of the width of a column. If the total number of cells were 100 (10x10), then the width of a soothram should be 1/8 and if the total number of cells is 64 (8x8), then the width of a soothram is 1/6.

Marmam (Vital spot)

Draw a square on a level piece of land, which is intended for house construction. The sides of the square should exactly face the east, south, west and north. Divide every side with 8 lines cutting it into 9 equal bits and we will get 9 columns and 9 rows, with a total of 81 cells. The lines from east to west and north to south are called Naadi. Draw new lines from north-east points of Naadis to south-west points through 9, 6, 3 cells and north-west to south-east points through 9, 6, 3 cells. These lines also called Reju. The intersecting point of a Naadi and a Reju is called Marmam (vital spot). Around the centre of the square, there are 4 points with 2 Naadies and 2 Reju intersecting in a single spot and this point is called Maha Marmam. In the construction of houses, the wall or a pillar of the house should never come on this vital spot. If it happens, it is called Marma Peeda. The result of Marma Peeda is abortion, theft, stomach complaint and also some problems for cattle. Corrections to Marma Peeda Pancha Siras Sthapanam is the correction method in case of Marma Peeda. Here Pancha means five and Siras means head. A head sculpture of a buffalo, lion, elephant, tortoise or pig is used for this purpose. Pancha Siras Sthapanam is a Thantric process. Next, we shall discuss the Importance of Directions in Vastu Vidya.

Yours lovingly,

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Jun 20 Different Types of Trees and their Position around Houses Dear Friends,
Indian philosophy considers that all movable and immovable organisms are equal in front of the Cosmic Soul. So our ancients respected trees. They divided trees in four groups as per the hardness of wood. The four types are: Anthasaram, Bahirsaram, Sarvasaram and Nisaram.

Anthasaram Anthasaram - here Antha means inner, Saram means hardness. So trees with hard wood at the core were called Anthasara, e.g. Jack tree, Anjili (Artocarpushirsutus), etc. Bahrirsaram

Bahirsaram - here Bahir means outer. So trees with hard wood away from the core were called Bahirsaram, e.g. coconut tree, arecunut tree, palm tree, etc. Sarvasaram

Sarvasaram - here Sarva means whole. So trees, which had hard wood all through its trunk were called Sarvasaram, e.g. Teak, Eetty, etc. Nisaram

These were those trees which did not have hard wood. e.g. Carioca or Papaya, Cotton tree, Coral tree, etc. Vasthu vidya permits and objects to the growth of certain trees around houses. Ancient acharyas believed that the continuous influence of some trees were helpful for the physical, mental and spiritual development of people, while other trees were not.

Pipal Leaves

Pipal Tree

The position of trees was very important. Vasthu vidya permits Peral (banyan tree), Elenji (Mimusops elengi) in the east, Athi (Figtree) and Tamarind tree in the south, Arayal ( Pipal tree) and Ezhilam Pala (Indian devil scholaris tree) in the west, and Punna (Indian laurel tree) and Ithi (Dye-figtree) in the north.

There is also a controversy in the book Viswakarmeeyam. The book says that the best position of Arayal (Pipal tree) is in the east. Other books say that the best position for pipal tree is in the west. Moreover, we can grow the jack tree in the east, Arecanut tree in the south, coconut tree in west and mango tree in the north.

Baniyan Leaves

Baniyan Tree

Vasthu vidya objects to the change of position of trees and says that it creates some problems. The distance between the house and a particular tree should be double the length of the tree for it helps to save the house from natural calamities.

Another important thing is that the pipal tree, banyan tree, fig tree, dye-figtree, are included in Nalpamaravrikshangal (an aurvedic bond of trees) and others are called Sahakarivrikshangal. All are flowering types of trees, but they flower in different seasons and give fresh fragrances all over the year around houses.

Neem Tree

Indian Devil Scholaris Tree

The tamarind trees of the south save the houses from the radiation of sun and protect the people of house. Kumizhu (Gmelina arborea), Koovalam (Aegle marmelos), Kadukka (Terminalia chebula) , Konna (Cassia fistula), Nelli (Phyllanthus emblica), Devatharam (Cedrus deodara), Karingali (Acacia catechu), Chembakam (Michelia champaca) and Ashokam (Saraca asoca) can be planted in the back and on the two sides of houses. But Kanjiram (strychnosrlusvomica), Cheru (The marking nut tree), Naruvari (borginaceac), Thanni (Terminavelliarica), Peelu (Cluster of Palmyra tree), Vepu (Neem tree), Kallichedi (Cactus), Murinja (the muringa tree), Erumakalli (arqumone Mexicana) are not permitted to grow in residential areas. Next, we shall discuss about Soothram of Vasthu vidya. Yours lovingly,

Raj

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Vasthuvidya became an irrational belief due to wrong interpretation of the Caste System. There is a line in the great book Bhagavadgeetha:

Chathur varnyam Mayasrushtram, gune, karma vibhagasa This means that the Chathurvarnyam or caste system was introduced by Cosmic Soul based on guna or quality and karma or duties of a person. Contrary to this, in modern days, the caste system is based on heredity and not on guna or quality. It is not the mistake of Vedas but the self-interest of some people which is responsible for this.

Down the ages, society accepted the hereditary caste system and this is against the principle of the Vedas. According to the Vedas, there are three gunas or qualities. These are sathvaguna, rejoguna and thamoguna. The objective of Indian philosophy is the transition from thamoguna to rejogunato sathvaguna and to Nirguna. This condition is the same as Nirgunaparabrahma. Sathvaguna This guna or quality includes honesty, faithfulness, simplicity, noncompetitiveness and the shunning of Sapthadosham or seven faults like alcoholism, hunting, shouting, misuse of money, gambling, prostitution and fighting. Moreover, the sathvics have deep knowledge of Vedas and Puranas. They are persons with equanimity of character. Rejoguna This guna or quality includes leadership, bravery, courage, creative activity, earning habits, honesty, faithfulness and the same qualities of Sathvaguna. These are the qualities of common man. Thamoguna This guna is entirely the opposite of Sathvaguna. The thinking and activities of people with this guna are not helpful for the development of society. Caste Chathurvarnam - here chathur means four and varnam means caste. The whole of humankind are divided into four groups as per the above three gunas or three qualities. These groups are the Brahmins, Kshathriyan, Vysian, and the Soodran. In the great book Purusha Soothra, there is a stanza about origin of Chathurvarnam.

Brahmano Asya Mukhamasid, Bahu Rajanyaha, Krutha, Ooru thadasya Vyasya, Padbhyam Soodra Ajayatha"

This means the brahmin is created from the face of Virad Purusha (Cosmic Soul), Kshathriya from its two hands, Vysya from the Thigh and Soodras from the Feat. This indicates that whole types of caste are essential for the existence of human beings or society. Vasthuvidha says that every caste have their own qualities and have land which suits those special qualities. Brahmins The persons who have the Sathvaguna are called Brahmins. The qualities of land for the Brahmins are: 1. Inclination of land towards the north side. But the great book Brahathsamhitha says the inclination of the land towards the north, east, south or west is fit for Brahmins. 2. The width and length of land is equal. 3. The land has sacrificial grass called Kussappullu. 4. Soil is of white color, odor of ghee and taste of sweet. 5. The land has a fig tree (ficus glomerate). Kshathriyan The person who has the Rejoguna is called Kshathriyan. The qualities of land for kshathriyans are: 1. Inclination of land towards the east; but the great book Brahathsamhitha says the Kshathriyan can stay on the land with inclination towards the east, south or west. 2. The length of land is 1/8 of the width. 3. The land should have the special type of grass called Amakuttam. 4. The soil should have the colour and smell of blood, taste of kashayam, an Ayurvedic medicine. 5. The land should have a Pipal tree (peepul).

Vysian The person who has the Rejoguna and Thamoguna is called Vysian.The qualities of land for Vysians are: 1. Inclination of land towards the west. But the great book Vasthuvidya, Viswakarmeeyam says the inclination of the land towards the south is fit for the Vysian. Brahathsamhitha says the Vasian can use the land with inclination towards the south or west. 2. The length of land is 1/6 of width. 3. The land has Karukapullu a kind of grass used for rituals. 4. The land is one with yellow colour, smell of rice and bitter taste. 5. The land has a Banyan tree. Soodran The person who has the Thamoguna is called the Soodran. The qualities of land for soodras are: 1. Inclination of land towards the south. But the great book Mayamatham says vysias and soodras can use the land with inclination towards the west or south. Brahathsamhitha says inclination of land towards the west is fit for Soodras. 2. The length of land is of the width. 3. The land has black colour, smell of alcohol and bitter taste of chillies. 4. The land should have Ithi (a type of tree). In the above discussion, there is a controversy about land for Vysias and Soodras; but it is not serious. More books of vasthuvidya say the south and west are fit for Vysias and soodras. Some plots of land may have mixed qualities and are not for fit for any caste. In such situations, they did an experiment. They dug a pit with one Hastham (approximate 72cm) depth, length and width. Then they put in the pit, an unburnt mud pot filled with paddy (rice). A lamp was placed on the pot which was full of ghee. The lamp contained wicks of white colour thread towards

the east, red colour thread towards the south, yellow thread towards the west, and black towards the north. All the wicks were lit and they waited for 48 minutes (2 nazhika). If the wick of white thread was burning, the land fit for Brahmins; if the red wick was burning, the land was fit for Kshathrian; if yellow wick, then for Vysian and if black, then for Soodran. If all the wicks were burning, the land was deemed fit for all castes; and if no wick burned, then the land was considered unfit for house construction. We shall next discuss the different types of trees and their position around the house. With Love, Raj
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Jun 6 Experiments on Land in Ancient India Dear friend, In modern days, we have many techniques to find out the strength, and other qualities of soil. For academic interest, we can discuss about the experiments of the Ancient Period.

They dug a pit with one hastham or kole (approx. 72 cm) width, breadth, and depth. After this they refilled it with the same soil and if the soil was in balance, it was considered the best land. If it was equal, the land was moderate and if the soil was not sufficient, the land was not good for building construction. In the same manner, they dug a pit and filled it with water and walked a hundred feet away and back. If the water level in the pit was not low, the land was the best, and if the level went below 1/4, then mediocre and if it was below half, the land was not fit for construction. The two experiments above gave an idea about the hardness of the soil. Next, we shall discuss about the caste system of vasthuvidya. Yours lovingly, Raj Posted 6th June 2012 by RAJ
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May 29 Merit and demerit of land with slope and Height

Dear friend,
Before going to detailed study of merit and demerit of land, we want to discuss about direction and the relations of houses. We know very well about East, West, North and South directions . East and North angle is called Esanakone or Angle of Esan or angle of god. East and south angle is called Agnikone or Angle of Agni or angle of fire. South and west

angle is called Nirthikone or angle of Nirthi or angle of a demon. West and north angle is called Vayukone or the angle of Vayu or air. Then we can go to study the merits and demerits of land.

A land with height in west and depth in east or inclination from west to east and this land is called Goveedhi. Vasthu vidhya says that this land gives prosperity for 500years.

A land with height in Vayu kone(West, North direction) and depth in Agnikone (East, South direction) is called Agniveedhi (Andhaka veedhi). This land gives prosperity for 12years and after 12years loss of money in the result.

A land with hight in North and depth in south is called Yamaveedhi. This land gives 8years prosperity and after this period death or same to death is the result.

A land with hight in Essanakone (North, East direction) and depth in Nirthikone called as Bhoothaveedhi. This land gives 6years prosperity and after that, loss of money is the result.

A land with hight in East and depth in West called Varuna veedhi. This land gives 10years of prosperity and after that poverty in the result.

A land with hight in Agnikone (East South Direction) and depth in Vayukone( West North Direction) called as Naga Veedhi. This land gives 100years of prosperity and same time it make some problems to son.

A land with hight in south and depth in North is called Gajaveedhi. This land gives economic propirity for 100 years.

A land with hight in Nirthikone (South west direction) and depth in Essanakone (East, North direction) called as Dhanya veedhi. This land gives the prosperity for 1000 year.

A land with hight in the centre of East and South east portion and depth in centre of west and North west is called Paithamaham. This land in Best for House construction .

A land with hight in the centre of South East and South and depth in the centre of North west and North is called Supadham. This land is best for House construction. Here I call your attention. That is Nagaveedhi the land with height in south east directions and depth in north west and gives prosperity for 100 years and this land is harmful for male child(son). But Just Right (Paithamaham) and Left ( Supadham) are best for residence. This principles gives an idea about the accuracy of Indian vasthuvidhya.

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A land with hight in the centre of south and south west and depth in the centre of North North east is called Deerkhayus. This land also gives prosperity .

A land with hight in the centre of west and south west and depth in east and north east is called Punyakam. This is very best land for Brahmins.

A land with hight in the centre of west and north west and depth in the centre of east and south east is called Apadham. This land is not suitable for house construction. Which make so many enemies and create quarrel.

A land with hight in the centre of north and north west and depth in south and south east is called Rogakrith, the result of this land is mental problem and disease.

A land with hight in the centre of north and north east and depth in south and south west is called Argalam. The result of this land is the killing of Brahmin (Brahma -hathya) and all type of distruction.

A land with hight in the centre of east and east north and depth in west and south west is called Smasanam. The result of this land is total distruction.

A land with hight in Nirthicon, (South west) Vayukone(North west) Essanacon (North East) and depth in Agnicon (South East) is called Swenakam. The result of this land is whole distruction and death.

A land with hight in Essanakone, Agnicon, Vayucon and depth in Nirthi con is called Swamukham and poverty is the result.

A land with hight in Essanakone, Agnikone Nirthicon and depth in Vayu cone is called Brahmaghnam And the result of this land is death.

A land with hight in Agnicon, Nirthicon, Vayukone and depth in Essanakon is called as Sthavaram and this land give some prosperity.

A land with hight is Essanakone and depth in Agni, Nirthi and Vayu is called Sandhoolam and the result is unlucky.

A land with hight in Nirthikon and depth in vayukon, Essanakon and Agnikon is called as Sthandilyaveedhi and this land is suitable for residence. A land with depth in the centre of land is called Nimna Madhyaveedhi and result is go far away from the residence. A land with hight in centre is called Unnatha Madhyaveedhi and poverty is the result.

In the above things we can conclude that the inclination of land towards East, East North, North and North west are good for residence and other are not. The cause of this decision by ancient acharyas are not known. But in my opinion this is related to the movement of sun. The depth towards East or North given less direct sun light and so temperature and radiation are less in this area. This is more safe for residence. But the original causes are not revealed, they says that the land with inclination towards vayukon make some problems to sons. This prediction is not related to the movement of sun. More studies are needed in this subject.

Next day we can discuss about ancient technique of examination of land.

Yours lovingly

Raj
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May 23 Ancient technique to find out the Direction Dear Friend,

We are using magnetic compass for identifying the correct direction. But the ancient peoples have their own technique to finding directions like East, West, North and South. One of it is Sankusthapanam and another is using of Dhruvanakshakthram (Polestar). Ancient peoples give great importance to direction for the construction of houses and their houses are facing towards correct directions. So we want to know the correct directions before the commence of new constructions.

Sankusthapanam

Sanku means a round stick with 12 Angulam (approximate 36 cm) length, 2 Angulam (approximate 6 cm) diameter in base and 1 Angulam (approximate 3 cm) diameter in top. 1. Level the land first. 2. 3. Draw a circle with double the length of Sanku as radius and fix the Sanku in the Centre. Next day during the time of sunrise, shade of Shanku fall on the circle, when the top of the Sanku coinside with the circle, mark the touching point. Same day evening do the same process. But the mark should be in the opposite side of morning. 4. Next day morning do the same process. 5. There is a small deference in the marking of two days due to the movement of sun (Actually the movement of earth). 6. Divide the gap in equal three parts and mark the point.

7. So we will get four marks one side and single in other side. 8. Draw a line from very near mark of yesterday morning mark to the Evening Mark. This line give us the direction of East and West. 900 of this line give us North and South direction.

Dhruvanakshathram (Polestar)

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Level the land first

Make a stick with height of 1.5 m or 1.75 m and fix in North Side. Light a lamb on the stick. Find out the straight line which coinside with Polestar and lamp. Then this line extend to the land and mark the point.

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Then draw a line from this point to the base of the stick. This line give us the correct direction of North and South. 900 of this is East and West line.

In the above two experiments we can see that, there is a slight variations in the direction of magnetic compass and our experiment. Our experiment gives the correct direction.

Next day we can discuss about the merit and demerit of height and depth of land.

Yours Loving,

Raj

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May 16 Relation between temple and Residential Houses

Dear Friend,
God exists in temple, and controls all the affairs of each one, is a common religious belief which drives many to make their stay closest to the temples to seek greater bliss and lifial comfort. However Vasthuvidhya does not endorse such kind of thinking. Temple, the pivotal invention of ancient Indian spiritualism, has been architectured to develop a technique to invoke the cosmic soul into it to use the omnipotence for the physical, mental and spiritual development of humanity. I opine, therefore, that the cosmic soul represents the sum total of universe and its large consciousness. Sum total envisages the total energy of the universe, which includes creative energy (Swathvic Guna), maintaining energy (Rajo Guna) and destructive energy (Thamo Guna). Indian Philosophy refers huge number of Gods which amounts to thirty three crore and more different types of Gods. The number may be infinite. The infinite power, God, is believed to be responsible for all negative and positive kind of energy; however the cosmic soul NIRGUNA (havent any quality) is called NIRGUNA PARABRAHMAM which exhibits the quality of sunlight, which is colurless in appearance but comprises of myriad colours. Two components of temple are very important, one is its complex architectural construction based on accurate ancient measurements

and the second is the application of enigmatic Thanthric Vidhya, and when these two things are combined in a systematic way, of course, the temple turns to be an energy centre for the use of public. Vasthuvidhya vehemently objects the idea of constructing houses very close to the temple, but in some unavoidable circumstances it is permitted to construct but with specific guidelines which are discussed elaborately in the great book of Vasthuvidhya under the name Manushyalaya chandrika. Sathvic God (Positive)

It is allowed to construct houses in front and right side of the Sathvic God as to Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganapathi, Lakshmi Devi etc.

Thamoguna God (Negative) However it is allowed to construct houses either back or left side of Thamoguna God (Bizarre/terrible/dreadful god) as to Lord Siva, Bhadrakali etc.

But Lord Ayyappa is considered to be peculiar because the Swathivic guna and Thamoguna manifestation shifts according to the ground level of Temple. Swathivicguna of Lord Ayyappa gives out when the temple has been constructed above the level of houses around the Temple and Thamoguna gets expression when the level

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Sides, other than the above mentioned, are not recommended to construct houses generally, which has an exception in the case of temple employees and are allowed to reside if it is required. I think more studies are needed in this subject.

Vasthuvidhya again objects the construction of homes very near to the temple and strongly warned not to construct any house over and above the temple height. Everybody would have noticed the presence of flag pole in front of the temple, which is usually covered with copper, brass or gold, stands always as the protection of the surroundings from heavy lightning also. Next, we can discuss about the ancient technology which can tell us how East, West, North and South directions are identified with accuracy.

Yours lovingly,

Raj
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May 8 BHOOMI DOSHANIVARANAM

Dear Friend, Not everyone can hope to get the most appropriate places as referred earlier for the construction of houses. In this contest there are different procedures and methods prescribed by Vasthu for the correction of defects of land. The process is called Bhoomidoshanivaranam. Which includes khananam (Digging), Haranam (Division), Daaham (Burning), Pooranam (filling), gonivasam (Allow the cow to stay for some time), Viprochishtam (Allow the Brahmine to stay for some time) and gavyam.

Khananam
When the land is with slop or height, the land is levelled for construction. Vasthuvidya prohibits the construction of Houses in burial ground. Long Stay in burial ground can create some mental illness to the dweller due to the radiation of phosphorus that is present in the bones in the grave. In this case entire soil is dug out and removed to be replaced by fresh soil. This process is called Khananam.

Haranam
Some land has no marked boundaries. Before the construction commences marking of the boundary and leveling the ground is essential. This process is called Haranam.

Daham
Vasthuvidya prohibits the growth of certain trees and herbs around the residential houses. In this case such trees and herbs are

cut and burned before leveling the land. This process is called Daham

Pooranam
Filling the pits with good soil is called pooranam

Gonivasam
gov means Cow. Ancient Indian society ascribes high esteem to Cows. They address the cow as Gomatha (A salutation which gives cow a place of respect equal to mother). Cow gives us milk for growth, dung and urine for agriculture. The cows have another peculiarity. That is, they tend to stay only in positive energy area. They can easily find out the negative energy and move away from there. Ancient peoples of India used these qualities of cows to find out the suitable place for temple construction. They release the cow for grassing in an area. After 21 days they search the cow and find out where the cow was staying in night. Then they mark the sport and construct the Sreekovil (temple) there. Due to the loss of fertility certain land does not grow any herbs or trees. In such area they permit the cows stay for long time and the dung and urine help to improve the fertility of land. After some time seeds are sworn to allow growth of seedlings which also help to improve the health of soil. This process is called gonivasam

Viprochishtam
Vipran means Brahmin and Uchishtam means balance. Certain Bhoomi become healthy and useful due to the continuous stay of Brahmin. They grow some herbs for pooja and use cow dung and urine for the growth of herbs. They do some poojas (worship) and everything help to improve the health of soil. This process is called Viprochishtam

Gavyam

Gavyam also related to cow. Panchagavyam is the mixture of milk, ghee, curd, dung and urine. This mixture is very effective in the growth of herbs. Ancient people uses the panchagavya for some thanthric poojas in pre determined places and this process also help to improve the health and fertility of land. Next day we can discuss about the relation of temple and residential houses. Yours lovingly, Raj
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Apr 18 Acceptance and avoidance of land

Dear Friend, Earth provides us with everything that is needed for subsistence. Human attach great importance to the land on which his dwelling place is created. The nature of land is different from place to place. According to vasthu sasthra some places are suitable for residence and others are not. First step in construction of a house according to vasthu is Bhoomi Pooja (Worship of Earth). It shows the amount of respect attached to the mother earth where you plan to reside, and importance of influence of Bhoomi in our life.

Vasthuvidya deals with three sub divisions and they are Bhoomi (Earth or Land), Harmyam (House or Temple), Yanam (Vehicles that ply on land, ocean and air)

Bhoovasthu
Early morning our Acharyas pray to earth Pada sparsham Kshamaswame (Please forgive me for touching our foot on you) and they believe that Earth is our mother. The quality of land is depends upon the availability of pure water, vegetations and peculiarities of land. Water is very important for residential places, the medicinal plants improve its quality and water should flow in clockwise direction (flow from left to right side). Ancient people believe that every living body has an aura field surrounding it and the aura moves in clockwise direction. The continuous flow of water creates some energy and it should never disturb the aura field. Hence Acharyas recommend that the land with clockwise water flow is good for dwelling houses. Vegetation like The flowers with attractive smell, medicinal plants, trees that gives us food and shelter also have high influence in our life. Quality of land is connected to climate, rain, inner crust of the earth, height, depth and slope of land etc. Keeping these criteria into account Bhoomi is classified in to three types. They are Jangalam, Sadharanam and Anoopam a. Jangalam

The Bhoomi Jangalam is same to desert. Scarcity of water, low height vegetation with full of thorn, windy area; land with black and hard soil are the peculiarity of Jangalam. This land is not suitable for residence and agriculture. b. Anoopam

Land with Canals and Rivers, thick vegetation with flowers and fruits and acceptable temperature, populated with different types of small animals and the soil is soft, is classified as Anoopam and is fit for residence and agriculture.

c. Sadharanam

The land with the quality that is a mixture of Jangalam and Anupam is Sadaranam. Features of Best Land The Land with Cows and happily living people in the locality, thick vegetation with flowers, fruits and trees with milk-like sap, plain or land slopping towards east, clockwise water flow, seed planted on the land that germinates within three days, soft soil which while thumbing make heavy sound, dig and refill a pit with same soil that results in some soil balance, not too much hot or cool atmosphere, enough water during dry season; these are the best qualities of residential land and opposite to it is law quality and mixed quality is mediocre land. Features of in-Auspicious land The land which have the shape of circle, half-moon, three, five or six corners, spear, back of fish, elephant or tortoise, face of cow (width of one side is more than other) are not suitable for residential house. The land which denotes signs of being a burial place (with ashes, charcoal, Husk, Hair, worm, termite soil, caves, land with foul smell,) land with a sudden dip in the centre, inclination towards corner are not fit for residential purpose.

Moreover Vasthuvidhya prohibits certain places for residential houses. Very close to paddy field, Temple, Ocean, River, Ashram (abode of monks or rishis), cowshed, mountain and also does not permit to build a house more than the height of temple. a. Paddy Field : When flowering time of grain the pollen spread all over the area and can be allergic to the people, stagnated water increases the humidity and became the breeding places of mosquito. Thus Proximity to the paddy field can create some health problems. b. Temples We can discuss it later. c. Ocean and rivers Flood, Sea erosion, Tsunami etc can create calamity to people living in the proximity of the sea. d. Ashram (Abode of monks) There are always pooja or yagam (certain type of holy sacrifice) which radiate some harmful energy in the surroundings. So Vasthu vidya prohibit the construction of house near to abode of monks. e. Cow Shed Cow shed and dung are the breeding places of flees/mosquito and fouls smell also make some health problem. f. Mountain side :

Flood and mountain-slide are the problem of the close living peoples. g. The height of building: Temple is an energy centre. Energy created by Thanthric vidya. Infront of the temple there is a flag post which covered with copper or brass. Here the flag post work as a lightening arrester. When the height of the building is more than the temple, there is possibility for lightening. There are so many un-revealed causes connected to each and every thing of the above. Next day they can be discussed as a new topic Bhoomi Doshanivaranam (Correcton of diffective land) Yours faithfully Raj
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Apr 10 ACHARYA VARANAM AND ARCHITECTS OF VASTHU VIDYA.

Dear Friend,

MATHA, PITHA, GURU, DAIVAM, (Mother, Father, Teacher and God) have very highest position in our culture and they are given the heist esteem and respect. The position of Guru (Acharya or Teacher) is next to Pitha. He kindles the lamp of knowledge in ones life. During the ancient period, when a person decide to make a home he used to approach an Acharya, a local Brahmin, a respectable person from an aristocratic family, (We can discuss the meaning of Brahmin later) having knowledge of geography, climatic conditions of the territory, Vedas, sasthras and puranas, capable of earmarking the site for Temple and Brahminical homes, to get some guidance from him. This process is called ACHARYAVARANAM. The line Silpa Karmadikam Vasthu means that every act of creation by shilpi (Architect) (pertaining to houses, temple, well, pond, House hold furniture, bridges, and vehicles of land, ocean, and air etc) is vasthuvidya. There are four types of Shipis in Vasthu Vidya. They are STHAPATHI, SOOTHRAGRAHI, THAKSHAKAN AND VARDHAKI.

STHAPATHI
Sthapathi should have deep knowledge in vasthuvidya, Jyothisham (Astrology) Nimithasathram (Science of signs) and he should posses the same qualities as Acharya. He is supposed to know about the technic of Sanku Sthapanam

(an ancient technique of pointing out the exact directions such as east, west, north and south) and laying a foundation stone. The sthapathi should be clean honest and not handicapped, chronic patient, greedy, competitor and free from sapthadoshangal (Seven fault). The sapthadoshams are Alchoholism, Prostitution, hunting, Shouting, Misuse of Money, Gambling and fighting. In our modern engineering the status of Architect is same as sthapathi in ancient vasthuvidya.

SOOTHRAGRAHI
Here Soothram means thread or string. Soothragrahi is the one who use the soothram or measurement string during construction. Sthapathi lay the foundation stone and the soothragrahi mark all other points and guide the construction with accurate measurements. He may be the son or very dear disciple of sthapathi and should know all principles of vasthuvidya. He should control all work of Thakshakan and Vardhaki. In our modern engineering the status of site engineer is same to soothragrahi in ancient period.

THAKSHAKAN
Here Thaksh means cutting and shaping of material in appropriate size. The person skilled in the art is called Thakshakan. Materials mean not only timber, but also metals, stone etc. He works under the control of soothragrahi and know about manapramanam (Mathamatics of vasthuvidya). He must be polite and obedient to soothragrahi. In modern times they are called Carpenter.

VARDHAKI
The meaning of vardha is the art of erecting the material developed by thakshakan to a finished form. The person who executes the work is called Vardhaki. He is an expert in the usage of lime, earth, and granite and construction technology of foundation, wall, and roof. Modern time they called as mason. Next day we can discussed about the different type of land and acceptance, avoidance of land for the construction of dwelling house. Yours lovingly RAJ
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Apr 3 ACHARYAS (TEACHERS) AND BOOKS OF VASTHUVIDYA

Dear friend, Acharyas are the pioneers of all sciences. Experiments and observations helped them to derive certain conclusions. These conclusions, after years of cogitation are accepted as scientific probabilities and after deliberations among the yogic community, if logically proven, are accepted and taught as science. These are accepted as customs and and they themselves follow these customs. The book Malsyapuranam says, Vasthuvidya has 18 Acharyas. They are Bhrugu, Athri, Vasishtan, Viswakarmavu Mayan, Brahmav, Naradan, Nagnajith, Visalakshan, Purandaran, Gargen, Kumaran, Nandikesan, Sounakan,

Vasudevan, Anirudhan, Sukran and Bruhaspathi. In this list the demous architect Mayan the author of Mayamatham (a great book of vasthauvidya) also included. We can classify the books of Vasthuvidhya as Agama, Samhitha, Pramana (Reference book) and study books. Here Agama is the Shyvagrandham and which connected to Lord Siva(a Hindu god). The important Agamas are Ajithagamam, Amsudbhedagamam, Kamikagam, Karunakam, Vyghanakam, Suprabhedhakamam, Deepthagamam and Mrugendragamam.

Samhithas are Vyshnavagrandhas and which are connected to Lord Vishnu ( a Hindu god). The important Vyshnava grandhas or samhithas are Vishvaksena Samhitha, Padmasamhitha, Vishnu Samhitha, Viswamithrasamhitha, Jayakhya Samhitha, Bruhath

Samhitha, Harisamhitha, Ahirbudhisamhitha, SanalkumaraSamhitha, Vasishttasamhitha, Aghasthyasamhitha, Anirudha samhitha,

Jyanamrutha sara samhitha,

Hayagreeve samhitha, Kapinjala

Samhitha and etc. Certain puranas also discus about vasthuvidya and they are Malsya Puranam, Bhagavatha Purnam, Varahapuranam etc. Pramanegrandhams (Reference books) include Mayamatham, Manasaram, Samarangane soothredhara Manushyalaychandrika, Thanthra samachayam, Esana gurudeva padhathi, Silparathnam,

Viswakarmaprakasike,

Aparajithaprajna,

Viswakarmeeyam and Vasthuvidya. Now in Kerala we are using Manushyalayachandrika for construction of houses and thanthra samuchayam for temple. We discussed about the author of Mayamatham is Mayan the father in law of Ravana (An ancient king of Srilanka). This book is originally written in Tamil and then translated to Sanskrit. The book Manasaram is written by Manasaran and this book deals with Manapranam (Mathematics) of Vasthuvidya. Samarangana

Soothradhara is written by the king of Kashi named Bhojan and the Esanagurudevapadhathi written in 16th century and the author is unknown. Manushyalayachandrika

The author of this book is Thirumangalath Neelakandan Moos and he lived in 16th Century. This books deals with the Vasthu principle of houses of Kerala. For writing this book he depends on some books like Mayamatham, Prayoga manjari, Nibandhanam, Bhaskarreyam, Manumatham, Gurudevapadhathi and Hariyajenam, It has only around 200 lines and is quite easy to study. Thanthrasamachayam

It has the basic principles of the creation of Temples of Kerala and written by Chennas Narayanan Namboodiri. He was one of the poets of king of Samoodiri. There are so many unknown precious books of Vasthuvidya kept guarded as family treasure and not revealed to public. Next day we can discuss about Architect and craftsman of Vasthuvidhya. Yours lovingly, RAJ
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Mar 28

Principles of Indian Vasthu Vidya

Dear Friend, Ancient Indian Knowledge, thoughts and writings mostly revolved around the subject Attainment of Nirvana or Moksha. Nirvana can be explained as a mental condition, a state of detachment from the physical world with the understanding that everything that is around us is part of the Physical body of the cosmic soul, where the mind is free of greed, physical or mental need craving, desire, love, pain (Kama Krodha, Moha and Lobha). Attainment of such a mental status can be called attainment of Nirvana or Moksha. It may be very difficult or even impossible for a common person to attain such a state but one thing is true that in the process of thriving for such an accomplishment, the ancient Indian knowledge help us to attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness and satisfaction. The base of Indian knowledge is built upon four important branches of Veda. That is Rig-Veda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Adharva Veda. Every veda have sub veda. Ayurveda is the Subveda of Rig-Veda which deals with AYUS (life), is the medical system of Ancient India, which exalted for thousands of Years and is still successfully practiced in India and accepted the world over. Dhanvedam is the subvedam of Yajurvedam and deals with the weaponry and its usage. Gandharva Vedam is the sub vedam of sama vedam extensively deals with music and Art. Sthapathya Vedam is the subvedam of the Adharva Vedam. Sthapathya Vedam gives us the knowledge about ancient technology of construction. Subdivisions of Sthapathyavedam is Vasthu Vidya (Technology of construction) (2) Siplakala (Handi craft technology) (3) Chitrakala (The art of painting picture) Today (In our modern period) we are not ready to accept ancient Indian Vasthu Vidya (Technology of Construction) as a science. We think Vasthuvidya is a blind and irrational belief. We can start the discussion from here. The sound Vasthu derived from the word VAS. The word vas is a Sanskrit word meaning

inhabit or dwell. There is a line in the book Mayamatham Vasanthi pranino Yathra Ethi Vasthu. It means the residence of those who have pranan is called Vasthu. There is a question, what is prana ? I believe that this is not the physical and mental body of living organism. These two things exist only in alert time. When we go to sleep there is an energy controlling us without our knowledge. This energy is shapeless, found in every living organism, unseen and unknown. Our ancient acharyas called it Prana. The word prana pertains not only to human beings but also every living organism. In Viswakarma prakasika another great book of vasthu vidya, there is a line Vasthu sasthram Karishyami lokanam Hitha Kamiya. The meaning of this line is Vasthu Sasthram target the virtue of world; the important thing is that, our Acharya used the world Hitha (virtue) in this line instead of the word priyam (favorite). I think this is the nucleus of Indian school of Vasthu. Acharya says that you never expect favourite things from vasthu vidya and this is only meant for the goodness of the world. Vasthu vidya targeting the physical, mental and spiritual happiness and peace of peoples and through the goodness of society and world which help a person who have Thamogunam (The attribute causing anger, desire etc) change to Rajogunam (an attribute of nature or love of luxury) and change to sathvitk gunam (Virtuous or Truthful) vedic principles says all living organism and non living object of would have equal right and want to love everything each other. In ancient India when a person decided to construct a new house, first he earmarks and fences an area of the same size of land he is planning to use for the construction. This is for the living organism other than him and nobody is permitted to trespass. This marked land in called KAVU (a small forest) and is a best example of pure love for Vedic principle. We can analyze the KAVU, the miniature forest, in another angle. There is scarcity of pure water and fresh air all over the world. Thick growth of Trees Evergreen vegetations that occupies the KAVU release oxygen in exchange of Carbon Dioxide. Soil of Kavu is cushioned with a thick layer of dry leaves herbs, weed and vegetable. This soil is the reservoir of rain water for months. During the dry season the water collected in the soil of Kavu penetrates to the nearest well. So the Kavu helps the house hold to get pure water. Vasthuvidya says the position of

kavu is in the north-west side of a house and the best position of well is in north east side. (Meenam Rasi is the best place for well. Later we can discuss about Rasipramanam) Thus the flow of water from the Kavu to well is very easy. But today the culture of a Kavu is quite scanty.

Another example of universal love is the tradition that when need arises to cut a tree, the person is supposed to request to the living organism (birds and snake etc) who dwell in the tree to move away from there. He prays to the tree and request forgiveness for his cruelty. Then he worships the tree with some pooja (a type of worship) and wait for some days before cutting the tree. The tradition is the proof of the mindset of ancient people, the compassion given to the environment and equal status bestowed upon by him to every living thing surrounding him. Modern Science evaluates everything through experiment and observations. Every finding have some scientific basis. But the ancient science is called Darsanam (view divine sight). Dhyanam and deep meditation of Acharyas lead them to such Darsanam. This may have helped into the evolution of Veda. Next day we can discuss about ancient Acharyas and books of Vasthu Vidhya. Yours lovingly, Raj

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Mar 20 HISTORY- INDIAN VASTHU
The science of Indian construction technology is called Vasthu Vidya We have a great vasthu tradition. I hope the Syndhava period is the beginning of Indian Vasthu. It developed by the devotional observation and experiment of our Acharyas (Teachers). The style of building may change from place to place, but the basic principle of Vasthu Vidya is same to all construction. We have three major branches of construction style called as Northern style (Nagaram), Southern style (Dravidam) and Eastern style (Vesaram). Main books of Nagaram style are Samaranganasutradhara and Aparajitha prascha, principles of Dravidam style found in Mayamatham and Silparathnam. Manasaram and Viswa karmeyam helped to the development of Vesaram. Syndhava had very important roll in Indian Vasthu vidya. The monuments of this period is not available, But we can understand something from the balance of great monuments. Mohanjadaro and Harappa were the great construction of that period, welldesigned houses, town, town hall, street are there. Bricks, jipsm and soil are the main row materials. The excavations and study indicates that the culture developed during BC 3000 and vanished on or before BC 2000. There was a harbor namely Lodhan, which was situated in the Southern side of Ahmedabad.

The peoples of Vedic period was entirely different from Syndhavas.They are Aryas. Agriculture was their lively hood and enjoyed village life. Aryans like to call their village as Gramam and Big village called as Mahagramam.They make Circular or Rectangular houses made with bamboos or branches of trees and thatching roof with leafs. The people of same clan lived as a group in a village and make boundary wall around it for security. Examples of Mahagramam are Kusigramam, Kapilavasthu and Padaliputhram.

Sree Budhas period gives great contributions to Indian Vasthuvidya. The development of Hyndava style actually from Buddhism. Buddhas important contributions are Sthupas (column) Chithyam (Buddhist monastry) and Viharas (monastry). Asoka was the glorifying king of Budha period. King Asoka made circular sthoopam (column) for the memory of Sree Budha.Cave temples are the contribution of Asoka period. During the time King Kanishka the Buddhist group divided into two groups, one is Mahayanam and another is Heenayanam. SreeBuddha and 24 Jain Theerthankara lived in the same period. Holly places of Jains are in forest and away from public places. It is called as THEERTHAM. They used metals and one of the famous Jain temples is Abu Temple and which made in the style of Hyndava Temple.
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Hyndava style also have very important role in Indian Vasthu Vidya.It was very weak during Buddha and Jain period. After some period Buddha and Jain style become weak, the Hyndhava style came back with the help of GUPTAS. There is no evidence of the existence of Hyndava temples before the period of Guptas.They used stone for their construction. Hyndava style has so many sub groups. Eastern style also has great position and it started from Orisa. Linga Raja temple of Bhubaneswar and Soorya temple of Konark are the examples of Eastern style. Khajuraho temple is the best example of Central style and its base is in Mdhyapradesh. Western style developed in Gujarat and Rajasthan it destroyed in the Afghan attack, and the great Somanatha temple also destroyed.

South Indian Hyndhava style also has some sub-groups. Pallava style existed here around AD 600 to 900. Center of this style is in Mahabalipuaram. Chola style existed during AD 900 to 1150.Bruhdeeswara temple of Thanjavoor and gangaikonda temple of Cholapura is the best examples of chola style. Bruhadeeswara temple is one of the big temple of India and in the top of the temple have a sthoopam (column) with 20 tone weight. Pandya style started around AD 1100 to 1350 and it begins from the end of chola. Madhura, Sreerangam, Chidambaram, Thiruchirapalli, Srivilliputhur, Thiruvallur, Thirunelvelietc. are the examp les of Pandya style. Peculiarities of these temples are Gopuram (main gate tower). Another important south Indian style is Kerala style. I will tell you about Kerala style with the principles of Indian Vasthu Vidya. Next day we can discuss the principles of Indian Vasthu Vidya. Yours lovingly

Raj

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Mar 15 HISTORY WORLD WIDE Dear friend,

Just we can go through some countries and try to understand their ancient Vasthu Vidya. Every Country and people have their own culture and it express in their construction field also. We can study so many items from a monument. It may be social and political situation of that people, economical & spiritual status, Academic and Fineartistic development, and climatic or geographical conditions of that area. The ancient Egyptians built pyramids as burial places for their Kings and Queens. It made by stone and lime.

Mesopotamians make the arch with Brick and China has their own style for their building construction. Their raw materials are wood and roof look like the tent of circus. Romans introduced concreting technology and Japanese used thin wall and the wall is movable. They can change the Room size and facility of rooms. Tibetans used soil as their basic raw material for construction and they used wood as pillar for strengthening the mud wall. Koreans has their own style and a best example of it is Pulgusa temple. They used two type of construction style- One is CHUSIBO and another is TAPPO. During the AD

16th Century they developed another style that is ECONG. Mongolians style of construction is called YART and this method exists during 16th Century.

ANANDHPHOTO TEMPLES give some idea about Burmese style of construction and which made by Kyansitha king of Burma. Cambodias Vasthu Vidya Exist in ANKORVAT TEMPLE. Some Pallava Style also seen in this temple. Africans used Palm leaves for roofing and Iglu houses are the houses of Eximos. Europe changed their style during 14th and 17th Century and they made more rooms and increase the facility. Influence of Italian style help to construct beautiful buildings at France. In AD 18th Century another style developed and that in called Georgian style. The peculiarity of this style is the length and width proportion.

Greek developed their own Vasthu Style during BC 1100 and AD 2nd Century. It includes Greek and Roman Period. Italy has very good construction method. They made smoke pipe in the center of Building and it is called

ATRIYAM . The room where the Atriyam constructed is called Atriyam. When the buildings become large, the Atriyam also become large. Andria Palladio gives his contribution to Italians Vasthu. During 13th Century Gothic style developed in Europe. The peculiarity of Gothic style is the end- pointed arches. INCA peoples are also having another important construction method. They lived in Central America. They were very powerful empire during AD 15 Century. Now a day MACHUPICHU is the only one balancing city of that great Empire. Mayans Culture also have very important roll in the ancient period. I have only little idea about that old good days and next day we can discuss about ancient Indian Buildings.

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Mar 7 Preface

Dear Friends, I am an Indian and belongs to the State of Kerala. I born and brought up in a Village with full of Coconut, Areconut, Rubber, Jack Fruits and other so many different wonderful trees and my house is placing very close to a village river. The cosmic soul give me beautiful birthplace and good parents, Now I like to discuss with you the traditional Indian technology of construction, specially the houses and temples. The technology is called VASTHUVIDYA. Every locality of different countries have their own technology for their construction, which directly linked to geography, climate, availability of raw materials, economic conditions, scientific awareness, social and political system, worship system and belief of society etc. Here we are discussing about VASTHUVIDYA. Is Indian Vasthuvidya a blind and irrational belief? Acharyas (Teachers) of Vasthuvidya, Different books of Vasthuvidya, Different types of architect of Vasthu, Different types of land and its merits and demerits, Caste system of Vasthuvidya, Examination of land,

Correction of the defects of land, Type of trees, Position of different trees around the house, Relation between the temple and house, Sankustapanam (Technology to find out the direction during the ancient period) Vasthumandalam, Vital spot of Vasthumandalam, Correction in the complaints of vital spot, Importance of direction, Manapramanam (mathematics) of vasthuvidya, Vasthupurushan ( a

demon existing in the vasthu manadalam) Dimension principles of Vasthuvidya, Brahmasthanam and houses, Identification of the site of house in small, average, large lands, different types of houses etc. I hope this discussion help you to get a small idea about Traditional Indian Construction Technology and please ask to me your doubts and questions. Now I am a beginner in this field. Yours Lovingly Raj
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