Bhogadyam (functionality), Ramya (user delight) and Sukha Darsham (visually pleasing aesthetics) are the three main fundamental principles of Vastu Shastra.
Vastu Shastra is a traditional Indian system of architecture based on ancient texts that promote wealth, prosperity, and happiness.
East, north, and northeast-facing homes are favorable or auspicious for success, according to the Vastu. The north direction is dedicated to the God of wealth, Kuber.
The basic belief behind the Vastu Shastra is to have a better environment in the house and to create positive cosmic energy and vibrations also benefits from the cosmic forces, solar and lunar energy can be harnessed with the help of Vastu.
How does Vastu Shastra work?
Earth, fire, wind, water, and space are the five elements that have made the universe and all the things in it. Characteristics of all the five elements, magnetic field, directional positioning, and the gravitational effect of the earth and the galaxy at large are used in the Vastu Shastra.
This ancient science of architecture considers all the natural factors such as wind velocity, the effect of ultraviolet rays, sunlight, and the intensity of the rainfall very carefully. The purpose of Vastu Shastra is to use methods and rules to optimize the advantage of nature’s positive energies by aligning geometric patterns, directions, and symmetry.
Each element is associated with natural energies. The element earth stands for geomagnetic energy, wind for wind energy, fire for solar energy, water for gravitational energy, and space for cosmic radiation. All five elements incorporate ideal directions; water in the northeast, fire in the southeast, air in the northwest, earth in the southwest, and space in the center.
Vastu for a Positive effective House
Vastu compliant homes incorporate the science of direction and all the five elements of nature to make them more beneficial for the person dwelling in the house. Whether it is a house, an office, a temple, or a school, Vastu Shastra optimizes every single structure for its purpose. It considers everything from the directions and placements of entrances and rooms to the use of objects, shapes, and colors.
Vastu for the Main Entrance: Doorway
The main entrance of the home is considered the entry point for energy, according to the Vastu Shastra. The main door should be faced toward the north, east, or north-east direction. It should be constructed in a way that when a person is stepping outside the house he faces north, east or north-east direction.
Placing a fountain, shoe rack, dustbin, and any other decorative water-centric element should be avoided outside the main door.
There shouldn’t be a bathroom near the main door and also avoid the black paint on the main door.
Any statue of animals and figurines should not be placed near the main door.
The entrance can be decorated with beautiful nameplates and auspicious torans.
Ensure the main door should open inwards in a clockwise direction.
Vastu for the Living Room: Social
This is the place in a home where most of the activity is centered. The living room creates the first impression on the guests when they enter the home for social gatherings.
The living room should face east, north, or north-east also a north-west-facing room is favorable.
Bigger and heavy furniture should be kept in the west or south-west direction of the living room and all the electronic appliances should be installed in the south-east section.
Ensure the mirror is placed on the north section.
Vastu for Meditation Room: Spiritual
Meditation and a prayer room in the home ensure spiritual growth.
According to the Vastu, the east or north-east part of the home is beneficial for doing meditation, yoga, and spiritual practices.
Facing east while meditating will increase positivity.
Create a sacred chantry and decorate it with flowers, candles, and fragrance sticks.
Light yellow, green, white, and beige are great colors for the rooms.
Vastu for the Courtyard: The Cosmic Centre of House
The courtyard referred to as a Brahmasthan, is a unique feature of ancient Indian architecture based on Vastu Shastra. It is the center of the home and is recognized to be the holiest and most powerful point of the house.
This part of the home should be clutter-free and spotless a circumference of 1 to 1.5 meters of the courtyard should avoid any obstruction or built-up area.
The placement of a kitchen, bathroom, or pillar/beam attracts negative energy, which can cause an unfavorable effect on the health of the members residing in the home.
Vastu for the bedroom: Balance
Altering the bedroom according to the Vastu Shastra can improve positive energy and even improve relations between couples.
Placing the bedroom in the south-west direction brings positivity, good health, and prosperity to the home.
Placement of the bedroom should be avoided in the north-east section of the house as it attracts negative energies and may cause health problems or if placed in the south-east direction may cause quarrels among couples.
The bed should be positioned in the south-west corner of the room, with the head facing west.
Also, the placement of a mirror or television should be avoided in front of the bed. The person’s reflection must not be seen in the mirror while in bed as it causes fights and upset the peace of the home.
Painting bedroom walls with earthy or neutral shades will transmit positive energy. Painting black color on the bedroom walls must be avoided.
Having temples, and paintings depicting water or fountain in the bedroom should be avoided as they can cause emotional outbursts.
To create and retain a calm ambiance, mood-lightening and aromatic sticks or oil should be used in the bedroom.
Constructing a Vastu-compliant home adds more meaning to the structure. Smaller alter based on the Vastu can turn the fortunes around. The ancient Vastu Shastra texts demonstrate empirical solutions and flexible layouts for all structures and buildings.