An Introduction to Vastu Shastra:
A home is the place where not only people resides but also shares the different problems of their life and share every feelings with their near and dear ones. You create it with many wishes and nurture it with love. You build a family that shares happiness and sorrow, good health and bad. People celebrate their first step in the new house with grandeur. We call it ‘Griha Pravesh’, a significant event for ménage. That is the reason it is necessary to perform certain rituals to invite auspiciousness and good omen. In order to urge prosperity to stay forever, your house’s architecture and interior design need to comply with some strong scientific aspects. All these factors together comprises of the details of Vastu Shastra– One of the most ancient science of setting up a livable home.
Vastu Shastra is the science that is based on the integration of nature with architecture, and their relative effects on different corners of the concrete structure in response to the four primary directions – north, east, west and south. Vastu Shastra also takes into account the vital elements – fire, air, water and earth. It is a science that mostly talks about which property and furniture of what shape should be placed in which direction. The main motive behind the entire scenario is to bring about a sense of balance everywhere, so that positive energy flows uninterrupted and negative energy is subdued. Vastu Shastra can invite harmony, prosperity, wealth and good health into the lives of those who follow it.
Instructions for a Vastu-Compliant Home:
Laying the foundation of the house:
We have to make sure that the blueprint of your house is such that the construction faces either the North or the East. The use of land should be more towards these directions rather than the West and the South. The first brick should be laid in the Northeast corner or in the centre of the construction. The digging should commence in the Northwest corner and the foundation of the house should be laid in the Southwest corner. If you are raising walls, make sure they are higher and thicker towards the South and West than in the North and East. The kitchen should definitely face the Southeast, the dining room in the West, and bedrooms in the South and West. Bathrooms can face the Southeast and Northwest. All doors should face the eastern direction. Doors, except those in the kitchen and bathroom should always open inward.
Placing the accessories in and around your house:
Many people do want to set up a small temple inside the premises of the house then you can place it in the Northeast direction. Also if you want to install a swimming pool in your house, let it be on the Northeast side. The sink in the kitchen should be to the left of the cooking surface. If you want to install any kind of mirror in the house, place it anywhere in the South and Western directions. Pet shelters should be built in the Northwest direction. If you are into rainwater harvesting, collect it from the South and let it fall on the North or from the West to the East. All storage spaces should face the South or West directions.
It is an advice that you should never place a bed beneath a beam. Also, if the bed has a headboard, remember to place it in the South or West. The toilet seat in your bathroom should be towards the North-South direction; avoid installing it in the West-East direction. If you have staircases, make sure they are towards the South, West, or Southwest directions. Staircases can be in the North and East directions only when they are made of wood. Water tanks should be placed in the Southwest if they are overhead. Never place the tank without placing a base plate beneath it. A basement should be constructed towards the North or East, and an attic towards the South or West. Trees in your garden should be on the South or West only.
Colouring your house:
Color has a great impact on the lives of the human beings in every aspect. Color depicts the energy and strength of the body and also gives positive and negative vibes to the people. As a result, colors should always be used in a useful and effective way. Paint the walls of your bedroom in blue or pink shades. These colors are peaceful and create a romantic aura. Similarly, the kitchen and dining area should be painted in orange hues as it instills hunger. Living rooms can have shades of white and cream. These are relaxing colors and just right to start a conversation. If you have a study room, keep it green. This color helps in absorbing knowledge with more ease. Never use any dark color in the bathrooms. Also, if you have a temple within your house, paint it in absolute white.
Preparing your house:
This should be done prior to entering the house or using it. The process of construction of a house observes a number of negative activities like digging, blasting, burrowing, bulldozing, and leveling the ground; drilling, hammering, welding, and cutting of the materials, and a lot of other machinery actions. In the course of time, these activities lead to an accumulation of negative energies within the space. The Vastu Shanti ceremony is actually done so as to purify the structure and deliver it of all evils. The rituals done during the ceremony help in discharging all the negative energy and replacing it with positive energy. The ceremony actually demands that any kind of cooking, sleeping, or using the toilet of the house should be avoided before it is performed. Also, the date for the ceremony should be decided according to its auspiciousness.
After the entire ceremony of Griha Shanti is over, milk should be boiled in the kitchen until it overflows. This milk should then be used to prepare a sweet dish for the entire family to relish. Also, camphor should be burned in the kitchen area. It should also be noted that the Puja can be performed for an existing building as well, despite the fact that the space has been already used.
Using your house as per Vastu rules:
Your house is now ready for use. The famous astrologer in Kolkata, Dr, Sohini Sastri, has shared some important tips that can be followed:
- While preparing food in the kitchen, always face the East. If this is not feasible, the Western direction is compliant as well. However, positively, do not use the Southern directing while cooking.
- Any kind of purchases or business transactions does within your home (including online shopping) should be done facing the Northeast direction. This is also the corner for studying.
- Place a bowlful of sea-salt in the bathroom to keep the evil away. You must not read newspapers or make crucial decisions within this area as it is likely to be full of negative energy.
- In the bedroom, always sleep with your head towards the South. There should not be any electrical devices running in this space. Also, never place or watch TV in your dining room, especially while taking food.
Vastu Shastra has evolved over the years for the betterment of the people. If followed carefully, it will surely invite peace and prosperity in your home.