When people bought their first homes more than two decades ago, Vastu Shastra was an emerging trend in the real-estate market along with Feng Shui. Now it has become an important tool in the decision-making process for many couples choosing their new homes, and because of the demand, for real estate developers.
Most of us are now familiar with the science of “Vastu Shastra”, or simply Vastu as it’s commonly known, which translated literally means “Science of Architecture”. Even though this is an ancient system, it has gained immense popularity in modern times among prospective home and business owners, who have tremendous faith in its ability to bring in positivity in every field of their life! Vastu Shastra is used as guide not only while buying and/or building new homes, but also while renovating old ones. It serves as a guide in all matters connected to building a new home from choosing a building site at the construction stage to furniture placement & interior decoration in the finished home. It has rules regarding design and layout that help integrate your home with Nature and bring in positivity and balance based on directional placements, geometric patterns, and symmetry.
A Vastu-compliant home is believed to bring happiness, health, and prosperity to its family. We could all do with more of this positive energy!
Here is a Vastu Chart to help you with the basics of choosing and laying out your new home.
Although most prospective home-buyers are aware of Vastu and many believe in it, the rules can get confusing and overwhelming at times. Here are some basic, important guidelines which can help you get started on making your home Vastu-friendly!
Top ten Vastu tips to get you started
- While buying a plot of land, direction is most important. North-facing plots are considered auspicious while East and West facing plots are also good. South-facing plots should be avoided.
- Corner plots in a square/rectangular shape are considered ideal for residential property as they are believed to bring happiness and prosperity.
- Flat land is best for construction but if there are slopes and are unavoidable, then North-East or South-West slopes are best.
- A plot situated between two large plots of land should be avoided as it symbolises poverty. Plots close to cemeteries and hospitals should ideally be avoided for residential homes as they are considered storehouses of negative energy according to Vastu.
- An entrance situated in the North-East corner of your home is most ideal. However entrances can be shifted to suit certain professions.
- Professional businessmen can benefit from a North-facing entrance
- Politicians from an East-facing entrance
- People engaged in the Creative Arts from a South-facing entrance
- Management professionals from a West-facing entrance.
- The kitchen should be ideally situated in the South-East corner of the home, which represents the Fire element. It may also be situated in the West but not in the North which represents the Water element.
- The master-bedroom should ideally be situated in the South-West Corner of the house and should be bigger than the other bedrooms.
- The bed should be placed in such a way that its head faces East or South. Avoid a master-bedroom situated in the North-East corner as this is believed to cause sleep disturbances, bad health, financial difficulties and career stagnation.
- A child’s room should also be ideally located in the West Corner of the home, with the entry door in the East or North. The bed should be placed in the South-West corner of the room and they should sleep with their heads facing East or South. The study table should be placed facing East, North or North-East, while computers may be placed in the North and a TV in the South-East. Cupboards and storage units should be located in the South or West of the room.
- Bathrooms should ideally be located in the East of the home with drainage in the North-East. If there is a WC within the bathroom, it should be on the West or North-West side and a few inches above the ground. If the toilets are separately constructed, they should ideally be in the West or North-West side of the home. The Northern wall of the bathroom is suitable for a shower, taps and a mirror.
Whether you are a first-time home buyer or are in the market for a second holiday home or a businessman looking to invest in the real estate market, consider following Vastu principles to enrich your home and living experience.