VAASTU SHASTRA : THEORY AND PRACTICE----

                                                                                        

VAASTU SHASTRA is an ancient Hindu practice which tells us how to  construct buildings in harmony with natural forces for the  well being of an individual as well as  humanity as a whole. This precious  Hindu philosophy forms the the basis of  the  traditional Indian system of architecture.  Vaastu literally means the dwelling place. The rules of Vaastu are derived from 'Vaastu Purusha' who is depicted as a man lying with his head pointing northeast, in a grid of usually 64 squares. The different parts and directions are assigned to different Gods and Guardians. The 'Vaastu Purusha' is said to be the spirit of the site.  Aesthetically correct dimensions of rooms, doors windows and even the structural parts like plinth and pillars can be determined on the concept of ‘Vaastu Purusha’.

The purpose of the vaastu  of  Vaastushastra is to provide guidelines for proper construction of houses, shops, commercial buildings with brand name stores and online bingo operating offices etc. Vaastu determines the position of the house with regard to points of a compass and suggests the points to keep in mind with respect to  buildings, 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 etc. etc.

The importance of Vaastushastra lies in the fact that it is a result-oriented science and gives desired results if applied properly. Vaastushastra suggests ways in which we can live in tune with the laws of nature, so that we can be healthy, peaceful and efficiently and prosperous. 

We can describe some ideal situations of houses and buildings according to VastuShastra.  Accdording to this science, an ideal plot should be a square. Its  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 rectangular plot having its length not more that double the breadth (length and breadth ratio not more than 1:2) is also a good plot. While selecting a plot,  geographical surrondings & level of the land and roads around the plot must given due importance

Direction of a plot can be determined by  using a magnetic compass. It is a device for finding direction. It 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.

The size of length, breadth  both effect the fortune of the person who lives in it.  The 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.  Direction of a person while sleeping also has importance in Vaastushastra. 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. 

Children room should be in the northwest or West Side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms.  Location of kitchen has health implications. Presiding deity of the Southeast is Agni, the God of fire; hence kitchen may be located  the southeast corner of the house.    

The dining room should be located in the East or the West or the North near the kitchen. Northwest corner is good for perishable goods. Dinning room may be in the Northwest direction, which leads to quicker consumption of food. 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. 

While studying, one should face the North or the East or the Northeast  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 

As per Vaastushastra, 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.
  
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 should be kept in the Southwest of the storeroom. Garbage may be collected in the Southern part of the house.
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