To The Science of Building a House
Every creature in this world tries to arrange for a place in which to live comfortably,
enjoying all the luxuries and happiness of this world getting maximum benefits of
Most every one is aspiring for having sound health, beautiful wife, healthy children,
wealth, means of earning through business, profession or state service, high
reputation in society and over all mental and spiritual peace. The sea animals and
amphibians prepare a dwelling place on the sea shore, the birds build nests in the
trees, the insects make a hive, and human beings are ambitious for making a house
on the earth where all the liabilities towards this world and towards heaven can be
fulfilled without any disturbance and trouble.
Therefore, aware of the need of a house and in order to avoid troubles, man wants to
construct a house on such a ground where he can feel all sorts or happiness and
can lead a peaceful life free of troubles and enemies, thereby deriving spiritual
With this aim in his mind, he sets out in search of the learned wise persons who can
guide him in selecting a site (plot) of his choice, and also in construction of the
house. e wants to know the proper auspicious time, and principles (laws) of
constructing the house.
!lso he has in mind the colony or city, neighborhood, sources of water, natural
environment, means of transport, etc. while selecting a plot for building a house, at
the same time he thinks of his own interests and profits. The external features of the
plot can be known with the help of persons living around or nearby the flat. "ut the
#uality and nature of the land can be judged only by $hastra. Therefore the selection
of a site and the plan of the building is constructed only after consultation and
seeking advice of expert astrologer and %aastu $pecialist.
There are sayings such as&
Nadi Shotriyo Raja e!agyo Na "hi#itasa# Tatra Vaso Na $arta!aya
! place where there is no river (Source of water % pond or well& etc'), scholar,
astrologer, ruler and medical expert, should not be selected for living thereon, it
should be rejected.
ushta Bharya Shath (itra Bhratiyaschottar aya#)Sasarpe "h *rahey Vaso
(irture! Na Sanshaya'
'f there is house in which lives an unfaithful wife, a foolish friend, an outspoken
servant and a snake, the owner of such a house may die at any moment.
'f such things are associated with the house constructed by someone, the life of the
inmates become troublesome and unhappy, and there is always a fear of death.
Therefore, everyone is curious to know as to what is %aastu $hastra, and what
principles and methods regarding the construction of buildings have been given by
the ancient saints and seers on the basis of their experience and commands in the
divine scriptures. With the help of %aastu $hastra and $hilpashastra, knowledge
about the better and auspicious way of construction of a house, the positions and
direction of gates, doors and rooms, etc. in it, is gained so that a house may be built
which will provide all round prosperity and happiness to the inmates. Thus, %aastu
$hastra provides some principles and rules on the guidelines of which suitable and
comfortable buildings for residence, temples, etc. are built and towns, colonies are
+hat is Vastu Shastra,
%astu $hastra is an ancient science which helps one to get the natural benefits freely
offered by the five basic elements of the universe in which we all live. These basic
elements are !kash ($)*+, ,rithvi (E!-T+, ,aani (W!TE-+, !gni (.'-E+, and %ayu
(W'/0+. %astu $hastra can be applied by keeping in harmony with these basic five
elements of nature.
1ne sometimes feels that in spite of having all the re#uired resources for achieving
success in the work field one is not getting the desired and deserved result and it
should not be a surprise to oneself that it could be due to the fact that either one2s
office or factory is not planned according to the science of %astu $hastra.
$imilarly, one might feel that the wheel of family life is not moving smoothly and there
is lack of peace, harmony, affection and well being in one3s family. 1ne should get
the architecture of his house examined and if need be modified as per %astu
$hastra, one is bound to expect good results and well being gradually and steadily.
We sincerely hope that %astu $hastra one day will end all miseries and sorrows and
bring joy and happiness in everybody3s life.
Tips -ro. Vastu
4. The main entrance should be in the East or /orth but it should not be in front
of the compound wall.
5. The wall of the house in the /orth6Eastern side should have minimum height.
7. 'f the wall of the house in the East is tall, it stalls the entry of prosperity, the
8oddess 9axmi, into the house. Therefore, it should be small in height.
:. The southern side of the house should be as tall and heavy as possible.
'n any room of the house the beam or column should not cross in the center.
;. Terrace or balcony in the house should be either in the East or the /orth.
<. ! well, pole or a temple should not be there in front of the main entrance of
=. The slope of the house should be towards East, /orth or /orth6East.
$imilarly, the slope of the plinth also should be towards East, /orth or /orth6
>. The height of the plinth should be maximum in the direction of $outh6West.
?. The main entrance of the house should not be in front of that of the opposite
4@. The house should be e#uipped with the protective wall.
44. The upper storeys of the house should be constructed on the $outhern or
45. The cupboard in the wall should be the $outhern or Western part direction of
+hy -ollow Vastu,
8od is present in the direction of /orth6East, it is believed. That is why our ancestors
always insisted on having a body of water in this direction to ensure prosperity. /ow
see the geographical location of a small nation like Aapan one of the largest bodies
of water in the form of the ,acific 1cean which explains the reason of its growing
Take the example of Mumbai city. 1n its $outh6East side where !gni is located, is
the atomic power plant and in the direction of /orth6East is the body of water, which
is why when it is compared to other ports, Mumbai port is more prosperous.
The city of 9ondon is famous and rich because it is situated on more or less the ideal
principles of %astu $hastra.
't is found that at the root of the progress and prosperity of the cities like /ew *ork,
9ondon, Mumbai, $ingapore, ong )ong, etc. are always the benedictory principles
of %astu $hastra. 't is also found that as one progresses towards the /orth6East in
the Bnited $tates of !merica the land becomes richer and richer.
$tudy the location and construction of the famous temple of Tirupati from the angle
of %astu $hastra. 'ts legendary prosperity is thanks mainly to the exemplary
implementation of the principles of %astu $hastra. The main temple is situated on the
$outh6West side of the temple precinct. 1n its /orth6East direction is a lake and
pond. The dining hall of the temple is on $outh6East side while the /orth6West and
/orth side of the temple is allocated to the godown (storage place+ for grains and
items re#uire in the kitchen. The entire temple precinct is of s#uare shape as a result
of which its axis and that of the Earth are perpendicular to each other. The main
temple is occupying only the one fourth area of the total precinct and on its Eastern
and /orthern side is an open area. Thus the Tirupati temple of 9ord "alaji is an ideal
place according to the norms of %astu $hastra which is why it is the most prosperous
temple on earth.
/ther 0uestions on Vastu
C. We have bought a house recently, but we could not really keep vastu shastra in
mind. We have to name our house but we would like to keep a suitable name which
we could not think of .
!. The name of your house is a very personal matter and should be kept keeping in
view the aspirations of the family, your personal lifestyle and beliefs. Make a short list
of names that fulfill the above criteria and then select one consciously. May the new
house bring you harmony and abundance.
0' 1ntrance to .y ho.e is fro. east& #itchen is on south& 2edroo. on
southwest& li!ing roo. on southeast& dining roo. on northwest' 3lease ad!ise
on the application of !astu to .y #itchen'
!. The basic things you have to keep in mind should be as follows&
4. )eep the 8as in the southeast corner of the kitchen
5. ,erson should face the east while cooking.
7. 0rinking water should be in the northeast of the kitchen.
:. $ink should be in the south portion of the kitchen.
0' "ould you suggest .e !astu tips for the interior planning of .y house,
!. .or safe and sound interior planning of your house make sure that there is plenty
of light, air with proper ventilation and minimum furniture.
Bed Roo.4 The master bedrooms should be in the $outhwest corner of the house.
'f the house has more than one floor, then it should be on the top6most floor. The
ceiling should be level, this makes the energy of the room uniform, which in turn
gives one a steady state of mind. Dhildren3s room should be in the northwest or west
side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their
bedrooms. )itchen& The ideal place is the southeast corner of the building or a
kitchen in the west of the building can also be tolerated.
Study Roo.4 The best locations for this room are the north, west, northwest, east,
and northeast. These directions attract the positive effects of Mercury for increasing
brain power, Aupiter for increasing wisdom, $un for increasing ambition and %enus
helps in bringing about creativity in new thoughts and ideas.
ining roo.4 The dining room and kitchen should be on the same floor and it
should be adjacent to the kitchen from the left. The entrance to the dining room and
the main door should not be facing each other. The dining table should be s#uare or
rectangular in shape and should not be attached or folding against the wall.
Bathroo.s4 "athrooms and toilets should be adjacent to the northeast corner. They
should never be constructed in the center or in the southwest corner of the house.
rawing Roo.4 't should always be constructed towards the north. The rooms
located in the northern part of the house should be bigger in siEe as that compared
to the rooms in the southern part of the house. They should be shorter to them in
height by one to three inches. This is an important rule of %astu $hastra. .urniture
should be s#uare or rectangular in shape.
Store Roo.4 'f essential then the store room should be constructed in the southern
part of the building, otherwise grain and other provisions can be stored in the kitchen
or in other rooms and cupboards. Things should not be stored in diwans and box
beds because it affects the magnetic environment of the self and the room causing
sleeping disorders. Waste $torage& 0aily wastes from the kitchen should be kept
covered in the southwest corner of the kitchen.
Height of Roo.s4 The rooms in the northern part of the house should be larger than
the rooms in the southern side by <6? inches, and lower by 467 inches. eight of
rooms should ideally be 456 4: feet.
oors5+indows4 !s far as doors are concerned, the main door should be larger
than the inner doors and all doors should open towards the walls. !ll windows should
be at least 7 feet < above ground level, and should be at the same level from the top.
Window openings should be on the northern and eastern sides of the buildings.
0' +hat is Vastu Shastra,
!. %!$TB $!$T-! is the traditional 'ndian system of architecture and design of
%edic origin. %astu means the dwelling of humans and 8ods. Many %astu rules are
derived from 2%astu ,urusha Mandala2 which is depicted as a man lying with his head
pointing north east, in a grid of usually <: s#uares. The different directions and
sectors are assigned to different 8ods and 8uardians. 't aims at providing guidelines
for proper construction. %astu orientates, places and dictates the proportions of
every detail in building lines, skylines, elongations, levels, slopes, water
(underground and overhead+, kitchen, bedrooms, toilets, staircase, heights of
ceilings and roofs, entrances, loci of doors and windows, compound walls and so on.
%astu is affected with positive power of three elements& the earth, the water, the fire
1. Earth& was formed about :<@ crore years ago and it was a fiery ball. 'n due
course of time, the rocks melted and the surface has formed and ac#uired
magnetism due to the magnetic particles embedded within. 't has two poles,
north pole and southpole.
5. $ky& is the endless space surrounding the universe. The universal concept of
sky is beyond the imagination and reach of human beings as it is never
ending and eternal.
7. !ir (!tmosphere+& is a composition of gases like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon6
dioxide, helium, neon, crypton and vapor. 1xygen is life saving gas
indispensable to living organism.
:. Water& due to rainfall from clouds, water flowed into low lying area of earth2s
surface and oceans were formed. The eternal water cycle is mystery of
;. $un& sun plays a vital role in %astu $hastra. 't is a source of life on earth and
this is the reason why $un is worshipped as an incarnation of god or the
potential source of creation on the earth.
0' oes Vastu Shastra pro.ise prosperity,
!. /o, not really. %astu $hastra cannot be directly linked with prosperity. 't only
suggests ways in which we can live in tune with the laws of nature so that we can be
healthy and peaceful and work efficiently. The ancient texts of %astu $hastra have
probably claimed to bring prosperity, as an indirect conse#uence of being able to
perform well at home and work.
0' +hat is the role of religion in Vastu Shastra,
!. %astu $hastra is a science 6 it has nothing to do with religion. 't is true that over
the years %astu $hastra has imbibed religious overtones, but that does not seem to
have been the original idea. The religious implications were probably inculcated by
the proponents of the science, when they realiEed that the society of that time, being
a 8od6fearing one, would not accept norms that strayed away from the notions of
0' +hich deity is worshiped in Vastu Shastra,
!. -eligious icons have no place in science. The ancient text of %astu $hastra did
mention various 8ods from indu mythology fixing their locations on the site and
prescribing the offerings to be made to them, but that also seems to have been a
ploy created by ancient scientists to convince the people to accept the %astu norms.
0' +hat is the significance of the Vastu 3urusha,
!. The 2%astu ,urusha2 is said to be the spirit of the site. 't2s in the form of a human
male and lies on the site with his head towards the east, his posture fitting exactly in
a s#uare. 't was easier to get the anthropometrically and aesthetically correct
dimensions of rooms, doors windows and even the structural members like plinth
and pillars. Even the interior planning was governed by the posture of the 2%astu
,urusha2 and the norms which specified where and how the structure must be built,
so that it does not injure him.
0' Vastu Shastra is so superstitious& how can it 2e called a science,
!. %astu $hastra is a science. 'n the age when it was formulated, the society was
largely illiterate, the illiteracy generating a fear of the unknown. $cience was beyond
the realm of their understanding while religion was omnipresent. 't was therefore
simpler for the ancient %astu experts to spread the concepts of the %astu $hastra
through the intricate network of religion and superstition. Bnfortunately, as time
passed only the superstitious filtered down the generations, while the actual theory
eluded the world.
0' Is Vastu shastra rele!ant in the .odern world,
!. !ll the ancient doctrines of %astu $hastra may not be applicable in the present
scenario. $ome of the tenets particularly show a strong social bias, which was
relevant to the social structure which existed at that time. $uch tenets have certainly
lost their significance. owever the fundamentals of the theory can be adapted to the
modern world. Bnfortunately, again most of the modern %astu exponents are also
exploiting the layman ignorance and gullibility.
0' How does Vastu Shastra wor# in apart.ent 2loc#s,
!. 't is a fact that the original %astu tenets prescribed the type of site and then
specified the layout materials and construction techni#ues. 'n an urban milieu, one
can hardly indulge in choosing dwelling sites. Thus the macro level implications can
be successfully adapted to contemporary needs.
0' How can Vastu Shastra 2a applied to the co..ercial and industrial
!. The original texts of %astu $hastra were confined to the architecture of temples,
places and homes of the commoners. owever, those very norms can be easily
applied to other structures such as offices and industries. $o if facing a particular
direction brings in negative solar energy, the large machinery may be kept there to
0' +hat if it is not possi2le to i.ple.ent all the changes reco..ended 2y a
!. 't must first be noted that %astu $hastra is not a religion. owever 8od6fearing
you may be, you should not feel threatened by %astu $hastra because it is a
science. $cience does not condemn 8od, or disprove its identity but it does not
accept it. %astu $hastra is the science of structure, formulated to help us live in tune
with nature. 't does not give solutions to your domestic or financial problems.
! %astu consultant assesses your home or work place, and suggests changes that
will improve it2s %astu compliance. 'f the assessment has been done in a systematic
manner, it is obvious that implementing the more negative elements should yield
substantially positive effects. %ery often, merely changing the orientation of the
interior fixture helps in achieving a %astu6positive environment.
0' +hat is the ideal plot5house,
!. The ideal plot is the one whose length and breadth are same and ideally facing
each side of plot to exact north direction, south direction, east direction and west
direction, and the house constructed in this plot shall also be ideal. 'f utility rooms are
constructed as per the norms of %astu $hastra the foundation should be ? feet but
due to the construction of sky rise multi6story buildings coming up, the depth of
foundation shall depend on the load bearing capacity of soil, the number of storeys
that are going to be constructed and the materials used.
0' +hy directions are i.portant in Vastu Shastra,
!. The $un, as our ancestors revealed, is the only source of light and heat for human
and other living beings. 't directs and sustains life on earth. Therefore, the $un, the
rising $un is like 8od, and its direction of rising is considered pious and is taken as a
point of reference. 'f we face the rising sun, the facing direction is called East, behind
us shall be West, our left hand denotes /orth direction and right hand denotes $outh
direction. Therefore, the effect of the direction affects the buildingFhouse constructed
0' +hat is the 2est direction of the house,
!. !n auspicious direction for the houseFbuilding to face is the east or north direction.
This is subject to other factors laid down as per %astu $hastra.
0' +hat should 2e the proportion of length and 2readth of house,
!. 'deally, the proportion of length and breadth should be 4&4.
0' oes the si6e of roo.s affect the fortune of the persons residing,
!. *es, the length, breadth or both effect the fortune of inmates.
0' +hat are the .ain factors to 2e considered regarding the door of the
!. !s per %astu $hastra, the number of doors and windows of a house should be
even in number.
0' "an facing of the .ain door 2e decided,
!. *es, the Eodiac sign of the owner of the house, on whose name the deed of the
house is made can be taken as reference and according to Eodiac sign of the owner,
the main door can be fixed. "ut since the houses are used generation after
generation and in every generation the owner of house is changed the main door if
fitted as per the location of plot and road abutting.
0' How and why do inha2itants residing in -SI 2ased constructed 2uildings
!. -esidential .lats are being constructed like pigeon boxes. /o open space is left in
front of the main entrance door. 'f one door of a flat opens fully (outside which again
is against vastu rules+ another adjacent flat6owner will not be able to open his Main
Entrance door fully. Then we observe that door is spliced into two parts 4F7 G 5F7 is
recommended. The real problems starts here. /owhere in the ancient literature, is
the splitting of the main entrance door in portion 4F7 G 5F7. )itchen is health and
kitchens in such flats are not designed as per the tenets and rules of %astu $hastra.
Many a time, we observe that toilets in such flats are located in northeast. ! family
having a toilet in the northeast region of their place of residence will not be able to
prosper in life.
0' +hat are the planets associated with the directions in Vaastu Shastra ,
East -avi $un
$outh East $hukra %enus
$outh !ngaraka Mars
$outh West -ahu 0ragon2s ead
West $hani $aturn
/orth West Dhandra Moon
/orth "udha Mercury
/orth East 8uru )etu Aupiter 0ragon2s Tail
0' According to the Vastu Shastra scriptures& what do all the !arious
!. !ccording to the %astu $hastra scriptures, the various directions denote the
East (,urab+ ,itrustaan(Manes+& 't should not be blocked , since it is the source of
$outheast (!agneya+ (.ire+ source of health, place of fire, cooking and food.
$outh (0akshina+6 $ource of wealth, crops and happiness.
$outhwest (/aryuthya+6(Earth+ source of character, behavior, cause of longevity and
West (,aschima+ $ource of name, fame and prosperity
/orthwest (%aayavya+ (!ir+ $ource of change, income from business, enmity and
/orth (Bttara+ Maathrusthan6This should not be blocked as it is the source of female
/ortheast (Eshanya+ (Water+ $ource of health, wealth, prosperity and of male issues.
0' oes the .agnetic field of the earth ha!e anything to do with Vastu
!. *es. Most Dertainly. The magnetic field of the earth plays and important role while
formulating %astu $hastra which can significantly influence human life. !ccording to
%astu $hastra, one should never keep hisFher head towards the north while lying as
it obstructs the circulatory system causing irregular sleep, tension, paranoia and
other mental problems. The magnetic fields of the same poles repel each other while
the opposite attracts each other, therefore a person should keep hisFher head
towards the south or east.
0' +hat role does soil play in the selection of a plot,
!. !ccording to %astu $hastra, a plot with soil that has a large salt content is
considered to be inauspicious. The ground water table should be minimum 4@6453
below the existing ground level and maximum 7@3. 't should not have any sanitary
back6filled or reclaimed soil or rubbish, bones, hair and other filthy material. The soil
should be fertile and free from any decrepit or dead material.
0' oes Vastu Shastra apply to 2oundary walls as well,
!. %astu $hastra holds the conviction that the boundary walls are an effective way of
containing the energy level and the magnetic field of the plot. The wall should be
thick and high in the western and the southern directions. 'n the north and the east a
smaller, thinner wall is desired.
0' +hat are the things that are to 2e #ept in .ind while selecting a plot,
!. The major factors to be kept in mind while selecting a plot are&
4. 8eographical surroundings,
5. 9evel of the land,
7. and -oads around the plot.
0' Are there any con!entions prescri2ed 2y Vastu Shastra that pertain to
!. !nything that is an essential part of a home, is inscribed in the %astu $hastra.
0oors, in every sense, convey a lot of pertinent attributes about a house. ere are a
few that %astu defines&
4. The Main68ate should have two panels.
5. The main door should not open inside the house.
7. The doors in the house should not be noisy. The total number of doors,
windows and ventilators in the house should be even in number for eg. 5, :, <
etc. but should not end with a @ i.e. 4@, 5@, etc. 'f the front door frame is
painted black, then the owner might have to face hardship.
:. 'f the door has cracks or is too old, then the owner will have a tough time
gaining respect in society.
0' The staircase in .y house is da.aged' +hat does Vastu Shastra say to
!. 'f the steps leading to the entrance are damaged or broken, then the master of the
house will face problems with his career and his expenses will soar. The staircase
should ascend clockwise. The total number of steps should be such that on division
by 7, a remainder of 5 should be obtained for eg. =, 44, 4=, etc.
0' oes Vastu contain anything that relates to the color of paint on the interior
!. 't certainly does, the interior is one of the biggest parts of the house. ere is what
%astu $hastra says about interiors&
4. "right colors should not be used in the house.
5. Dold and light colors should be used for painting the house.
7. ,aintings or photographs depicting war, sad faces, birds like owl, crow,
pigeon, erotic pictures, etc. should not be used for decoration in the house.
"R73TI" AS31"TS /- AR"HIT1"T8R1
S"RI3T8RA9 /RI*IN /- VAST8 SHASTRA
/RI*IN /- VAST8 38R8SH
%!$TB $hastra believes in the existence of %!$TB ,urush who is the main deity of
a building. 'n this regard Rig Veda says&
:TAVA TVA( VAAST8N78 I(ASI *A (AH71
7ATR *AVA8 BH8RI SHRIN*A AVASAH ;;:
That is %!$TB has a relation with 8riha devata (deity of the home+
!ccording to Shatpath Brahmin (an ancient scripture+, %!$TB is the ruling deity of
animal stock and the people living in a home.
The concept of %!$TB ,urush in %!$TB $hastra is an ancient one. !s per the
scriptures, once a fierce battle took place in ancient times between a demon
!ndhakasur and 9ord $hiva. 0uring the battle, a few drops of 9ord $hankar3s sweat
fell on the ground and gave birth to a formidable monster. The monster at once
began to kill the gods. !cting unitedly, then all the gods captured the monster and
buried him with his face facing down. The gods also granted a boon to pacify him&
H*ou shall be worshipped in all auspicious tasks.H
$ince the gods made an abode on the monster, he came to be known as %!$TB
,urush. !nd since all the gods have an abode on him, he is worshipped by prudent
%ishwakarma is regarded as the father of %!$TB $hastra. 'n his treatise,
Vishwakarma Prakash,, he writes about the origin of %!$TB ,urush&
TA(1V VAAST8 38R8SHA( BRAH(A SA(A SRI<AT3RABH8H ;
$RISHN3A$SH1 TRITI7ATA (ASI BHAR3A1 TATHA ;;
'n Treta6yuga on the third day of the dark phase of the lunar month "hadrpad,
"rahma created a formidable man. Even the gods were frightened by his
appearance. Then by "rahma2s consent, all the gods pushed him down, with his face
downward and themselves sat on him.
The formidable man then appealed to "rahma& H1 9ord, you have created this
cosmos. This body is also yours. Why then these gods are torturing me without
reasonI Tell me how should ' behave with the gods.H
,leased "rahma said& H$ince this moment your worship shall be indispensable in
every auspicious construction work because of your presence beneath the gods.
Those who won3t worship you for any reason shall have to suffer penury and
untimely death. They shall have to face your wrath and hence obstacles in
everything they do.H
ATRI7A( (RIT78(A3N/TIVI*HN VA$TASA7A3A1%3A1 ;
VAAST8 38<A( AVARNAH TAVAHAR8 BHAVISH7ATI ;;
Therefore in the beginning of a building2s construction, installation of doors and on
the occasion of making first entry into newly built home, worship of %!$TB is more
than a must. !part from these occasions, on every auspicious task offerings ought to
be made into fire according to one3s strength.
/RI1NTATI/N /- VAAST8 38R8SH IN A 39/T /- 9AN
The %!$TB ,urush is lain with his face downward. is head points to north6east,
while feet point together to southwest. is right hand and the joint of right leg point
toward southeast, while left hand and joint of left leg point to northwest.
$N/+91*1 /- IR1"TI/N AN TH1IR SI*NI-I"AN"1
'n %!$TB $hastra, eight directions 6 /orth, East, West, $outh, /ortheast, $outheast,
$outhwest and /orthwest are considered important. 'f you are planning to build your
bungalow or any other building on the basis of %!$TB $hastra, first of all you should
have knowledge of your plot3s direction. Then you should decide in which direction
you ought to keep your main gate. *ou may if necessary, take the help of a compass
to know the directions.
!s the numerals have their apparent influence of human life, similarly influence of
the directions is also apparent. -ichness or penury of a person can be known from
the location of his house. 'n which direction is his house locatedI Which direction
does the entrance of his house faceI ow is the interior decorationI These and
other related things reveal the economic condition of a person. $imilarly changes
that must be made in order to bring prosperity and to prevent imminent danger or
crisis can also be known with the help of %!$TB $hastra.
!s everybody knows there are four major directions 6 east, west, north and south.
"esides these, four sub6directions are also considered. These are !gney
($outheast+, /airitya ($outhwest+, %ayavya (/orthwest+ and 'shaan (northeast+.
Each of these directions and sub6directions has its own merits and demerits and
yields results accordingly. Every direction has a deity or lord that rules it.
1AST4 'ndra is the ruling deity of the east. e was born out of "rahma2s mouth and
is capable of destroying enemies. e can appear in any form as per his wishes. e
is also the lord of rains and has the wind as his assistant. 'ncrement in wealth,
cereals and animal stock can be effected through worshipping 'ndra. 'ndra is also the
king of the heaven. Elephant !iravat is 'ndra3s vehicle and %ajra (lightning+ in his
The east is also the abode of gods like $urya, !gni, 'ndra, Aayant, 'sh, ,arjanya,
$atya, "hup and !kash.
The east is also known as a direction of lineage. 0uring the construction of the
house, some portion must be left open in the east. 't leads to long life for the owner.
+1ST4 The west is the opposite of the east. /o work can progress in the west.
%arun (/eptune+ is the lord of this direction, which is under the influence of sage
!gastya. The sea is the abode of %arun (/eptune+. e therefore has most influence
on the water bodies. ! proper utiliEation of westerly portion of plot leads to
reputation, fame, prosperity and success for the owner.
N/RTH4 )uber is the lord of this direction. 9iterally, )uber means the one who
controls the imminent events and causes increments. e has inaccessible wealth
and property. )uber is the king of *akshas and )innars and is a friend of -udra
($hiva+. )ailash is the abode of )uber who has three legs, eight hands and a yellow
dot in place of eyes.
Mercury is the planet that rules the north. 't is more influential in the dark phase of
every lunar month. /orth is a also an abode of the gods like )uber, 0iti, !diti, $hail,
/aga and "hallat, etc.
/orth is also a place of mother. 9eaving some portion open in north leads to
prosperity of maternal side as well as provides wealth, comforts, peace etc. for the
S/8TH4 *ama is the lord of this direction. e is the son of $urya and is hostile
towards %ishnu. /akshatra "harani is the most important for him. 0uring the last
eight days of the lunar months of !shwin and )artika this nakshatra is more
influential. $outh direction weakens human life, hence all the auspicious tasks are
forbidden in the south. $outh is also an abode of the gods like *ama, 8andharvas,
Mriga, ,usha, %itath and )shat. 'n all the south direction yields nothing but
mourning, depression and pain.
A*N17A (S/8TH1AST)4 0irection that lies midway between the east and the south
is known as !gneya (southeast+. !gni (fire+ is the lord of this direction. e is the
preserver and defender of every being. !gni also carries the message of people who
worship and offer oblations with devotion to 8od.
Worshippers of !gni are economically strong and long living. !gni himself takes care
of the people who make offerings into him. !gni also provides them with comfort,
peace, prosperity and progeny.
While constructing a house, the first pillar must be erected in the southeast direction.
!lternatively, kitchen of the house should occupy a place in this direction. This is the
foremost and an important rule of %!$TB $hastra. .irst day of every month also
represents the element fire.
! warm !gneya direction makes a man healthy, whereas a faulty use makes the
owner short tempered.
NAIRIT7A (S/8TH+1ST)4 't lies midway between the south and the west
directions. /airitya is the ruling lady of this direction. 9iterally, /airitya means
repeated happening 6 whether be it the birth of a baby or any other event. 't also
means that anything not done at proper time can3t have a repetition. 'f the house is
built in this direction, the home suffers continuous decay.
The southwest portion of the house should never be left open, nor should a pit be
dug in this direction. This direction is an abode of demons and ghosts. To prevent the
accumulation of inauspicious and pain causing things, digging of pit in southwest is
prohibited. 'f for some reason, digging is necessary it should be covered as early as
possible or a sapling be planted in its place.
VA7AV7A (N/RTH+1ST)4 't lies mid way between the west and the north. %ayu
(wind+ is the lord of this direction. .ive kinds of %ayu 6 ,rana, Bpana, $amana,
%yana and Bdana, are necessary for human life. anumana and "heema are the
representations of %ayu. Those who worship %ayu in the form of anumana get their
desired results at once.
/orthwest angle is the progenitor of friendship or enmity. ence, a faulty use of this
portion of plot may result in a majority of enemies. 'f you use this angle of your plot
wisely and flawlessly, you will have many friends who will undoubtedly benefit you.
ISHAN7A (N/RTH1AST)4 The angle that lies midway between north and the east is
known as 'shanya (northeast+ direction. $hiva is the lord of this angle. ,ashupat is
the weapon of $hiva. /akshatra !rdra is the symbol of 9ord $hiva. $emul (silk6
cotton+ tree is considered auspicious in this direction.
Worshipping of the ruling 8od of this direction yields many virtues in the life of the
worshipper. The portion of the house in this direction must be kept holy for it yields
many kinds of divine powers to the owner. ,roper utiliEation of this portion of house
provides wealth, reputation, property and every kind of excellence for the owner. !
faulty utiliEation of this angle, however, may block successful continuation of
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