Asked Questions on Vastu (FAQ)
- VASTUSHASTRA is an ancient Hindu practice to
construct buildings in harmony with natural forces for well
being of humanity as a whole. It is a rich Hindu philosophy,
which is given in a number of ancient works including Vedas.
It is the traditional Indian system of architecture and design
of Vedic origin. Vastu means the dwelling of humans and Gods.
Many Vastu rules are derived from 'Vastu Purusha' who is depicted
as a man lying with his head pointing northeast, in a grid
of usually 64 squares. The different directions and sectors
are assigned to different Gods and Guardians.
is the main object of Vastushastra?
object of Vastushastra is to provide guidelines for proper
construction of houses, shops, commercial buildings etc. Vastu
determines the position of the house with regard to points
of a compass and dictates the proportions of every detail
in building, lines, directions, skylines, elongations, levels,
slopes, water (underground and overhead), kitchen, bedrooms,
toilets, staircase, heights of ceilings and roofs, entrances,
location of doors and windows, compound walls and so on.
one should apply Vastushastra?
Vastushastra is a result-oriented science and gives
definite and immediate results if applied properly. It defines
the proportions and details of building elongation, slopes,
water tanks, kitchen, bedrooms, stairs, heights of roofs,
entrances, doors, windows, walls etc. Living in harmony with
the nature is theme of Vastushastra. Vastushastra is important
for construction of houses, villages, towns, and cities.
Vastushastra brings prosperity?
-Yes, Vastushastra suggests ways in which we can
live in tune with the laws of nature, so that we can be healthy,
peaceful and work efficiently that results in prosperity.
Vastushastra is linked to any religion?
- Yes, it has been developed by Hindus, but being
an art and science of structures, it can be used and applied
irrespective of the religion.
deity is worshiped in Vastu Shastra?
- The ancient text of Vastu Shastra mentions various
Gods from Hindu mythology fixing their locations on the site
and prescribing the offerings to be made to them. We should
treat our house like a human being, like a good friend who
gives us comfort and protection. We can also give a personal
name to our house. In Vastushastra it is known as Vastu Purusha.
The 'Vastu Purusha' is said to be the spirit of the site.
It's in the form of a human male and lies on the site with
his head towards the east, his posture fitting exactly in
a square. Aesthetically correct dimensions of rooms, doors
windows and even the structural members like plinth and pillars
can be determined on the concept of ‘Vastu Purusha’. Even
the interior can be made by the posture of the 'Vastu Purusha'
and the norms, which specifies where and how the structure
should be built, so that it does not injure him.
is the ideal plot?
- A plot is square if all four sides are straight
and equal in length and it has equal angle of 90 degree at
all four corners. Square is the best shape of a plot.
A plot is rectangular if it has four straight sides
and equal angles of 90 degree at all corners with opposite
sides of equal length. A rectangular plot having its length
not more that double the breadth (length and breadth not more
that 1:2) is a very good plot.
one can determined direction of his plot?
of a plot can be determined by any of the two modern simple
methods by using a compass, the device for finding direction
which has a freely moving needle which always points to the
magnetic North. make two lines crossing each other dividing
a paper in four equal parts at 90-degree angle. Place a compass
on paper in the middle of your plot and align it with two
lines in the North and the South of the needle of the compass.
Extend these lines on the plot and mark it to have exact direction.
should be the proportion of length and breadth of house?
Answer - The proportion between length and breadth should
be 1:1 but it should not exceed 1:2 ratio.
the size of house affects the fortune of the person who is
living in it?
the size of length, breadth both
effect the fortune of the person who lives in it.
is the best location for bedrooms?
Southwest portion of the house is meant for bedroom for adults.
It may be located in the South, and will be congenial for
comfortable living. Master bedroom may be on the upper storey,
if any, in the Southwest portion of the house.
which direction one should sleep?
of a person while sleeping also has importance in Vastushastra.
One should never sleep having head towards the North Pole
and legs towards the South Pole. However one may sleep having
legs towards the West and head towards the East for mental
peace, good thoughts and spirituality.
is a good location for children room?
room should be in the northwest or West Side. To have a better
concentration they should have a separate study close to their
there is any principle in Vastushastra regarding location
of kitchen has health implications. Presiding deity of the
Southeast is Agni, the God of fire; hence kitchen may be located
corner of the house.
of studyroom has any effect on Vastushastra?
- One should face the North or the East or the
Northeast while studying and he will be shining more. Therefore
the best locations for study room are the north, east, or
northeast. These directions attract the positive effects of
Mercury increasing brain power, Jupiter increasing wisdom,
Sun increasing ambition and Venus helps in bringing about
creativity in new thoughts and ideas. Books may be kept in the Southwest side of the room. Study room
may have door on the East or the North, or the Northeast
is the best location for Dining room?
- The dining room should be located in the East
or the West or the North nears the kitchen. Northwest corner
is good for perishable goods. Dinning room may be in the Northwest
direction, which leads to quicker consumption of food.
Is there is any location of bathrooms
As per Vastushastra, the East is the place for the bathroom.
Attached bathroom may preferably be in the North, or the East
of a bedroom. Shower, bathing tub and wash basin in the bathroom
may be in the Northeast, or the North or the East direction.
One may have bath in the North or the East area in the bathroom.
Bathroom should never be constructed in the center or in the
southwest corner of the house.
should be the best location of Drawing room?
- Drawing room should be preferably in the Northeast
or the North or the East but not in the Southwest portion
of the house. More vacant space should be given in the Northeast
corner of the drawing room.. Door is preferable on the East
towards the Northeast side.
should be the best location of storeroom?
Storeroom should be made in the Northwest or Southwest portion
of the house. It is very beneficial if grains and other provisions
are stored in the Northwest store. All heavy things may be
stored in the Southwest of the storeroom. Garbage may be collected
in the Southern side portion of the house.
are the things thar are to be kept in mind while selecting
a plot ?
The major factors to be kept in mind while selecting a plot
Geographical surrondings & Level of the
Roads around the plot.