The legend of vastu shastra:

The ancient Indian text Mayamata, written thousands of years ago, describes Vastu
Shastra – the science of ancient Indian architecture. Hindu mythology explains the history of how it all started.
In the beginning, Brahma, the creator of the Universe, experimented with the creation of a new creature. He created a large and monstrous creature that grew so rapidly that its shadow fell on the earth as a permanent eclipse. After that this ever growing monster
began to devour everything in its path as nothing could satisfy its insatiable hunger.

Shiva and Vishnu begged Brahma to do something before everything was destroyed by
this Creature. Brahma realized his mistake and called the astha dikpalakas, the Gods of the eight cardinal directions. Together they overpowered the Great Monster and held it flat against the earth. Then Brahma jumped in the middle and held the monster down. He then asked another forty four Gods to join him and help pin it down. Their 45 positions can
be seen on the classic mandala of the Vastu Grid.
Then the Monster cried “You created me like this. So why am I being punished for what
you made me?”
Brahma offered him a compromise and made the Monster immortal with the boon that he would be worshiped by any mortal that builds a structure on earth. He
was named Vastu Purusha.

Vastu Purusha & Mandala

The diagram bellow, known as Vastu Mandala, illustrates how the Vastu Purusha was pinned down by Brahma and the 44 Gods – face down, with his head to the North East and feet towards South West. It is divided in to 9×9 = 81 parts. These Gods rule various aspects of life and have certain inherent qualities. Hence while constructing a building, the purpose/function of a room must be in tune with the nature of the deity placed and ruling that part. One noteworthy point is that in the olden days the central portion ruled by Brahma was kept open.

Picture of Vastu Mandala:

Vastu for entrance and main door:

The main door of the house should be larger than the other doors entering the house.
The main door should have two shutters and open to the inside of the building. Teak is a good material for the entrance door.
It is best that a house has two entrances. The exit door should be smaller than the
entrance, and it should have only one shutter. If there are two external doors for the house, they should not be set in a straight line.
When one enters the house, there should not be a wall in front of the entrance. There should be a door that opens to the next room. A shadow should not fall on the main door.
The main door of the house should not be below ground. Neither should the main door be in the center of the house, nor in the extreme corners. If the door is set in the north wall, move it east of center; if it’s in the east wall, move it north of center. If it is set in the south wall, it should be moved east of center; if it is in the west wall, move it south of center.

Some authorities say that if the house’s entrance is in the west wall, It should be
centered and some say that to figure out where to place a main door, divide the house into nine parts. The door should be in the fourth section of the house from the left hand side. From the right side of the house, the entrance is in the sixth division from the right.
The main door should not be situated across from the main door of another house. The entrance doors of two houses should not be exactly opposing one another. Neither should two houses share a common entrance.
If the entrance of the house is to the south, there should not be a balcony or veranda in front of the door.
It is good to set gates to both the property and the entrance to the house on the north or east sides. It is also all right to have the main door on the west wall. It is not advised to have the main entrance on the south side.
It is considered auspicious if the entrance to the property and the main door of the house are on the same side. It is not considered good if the main door to the house is on the opposite side to the entrance of the property.
There should not be an underground tank, septic tank, or canal under the main entrance.
There should not be any abandoned, wrecked buildings in front of the main entrance.
It is good to decorate a house’s entrance with pictures or statues of Laksmi, Ganesh or Kubera and auspicious signs such as OM or the Swastika.
Inauspicious pictures should not be on the door. Doors should have thresholds.
Shoes should not be kept in front of the door, but to the side.
The door should not be slanted, sliding, or circular.

Vastu for Gardens, Plants and Trees:





Plants should be planted during auspicious constellations. It is ideal to plant during the bright half, i.e., close to full moon. Saplings should first be planted in clay pots and only later placed in the ground. This enables them to grow better.
It is always good to grow a Tulsi plant on one’s property. Tulsi should be located on the north, northeast, or east sides of the house, or in front of the house. Trees should not be planted directly in front of the house’s main entrance. There should be an even number of trees on one’s property, not an odd number. Trees should be planted on the south or west sides of the house. Ideally, they should be planted on both these sides rather than on only one side. It is not good to plant a tall tree on the north, northeast, or east sides of a
Smaller trees may be planted on the east or north sides, but no trees should be planted in the northeast corner. Tall trees should not be too close to a building as they block the sunlight. A tree’s shadow should not fall on the house. Large trees should not be located too near the house as their roots can damage the foundation and compound wall. Also, the roots of large trees absorb sunlight quickly, meaning these positive rays will not be
received by the building. Do not allow tree branches to touch the house.
Stone sculptures and rock gardens should be located on the southwest side of the house because they are heavy.
Thorny plants should not be planted near the house. Cactus should not be planted at all.
Thorny plants other than roses have a negative energy. Ideally all thorny plants should be pulled up and destroyed.
A list of good trees to plant: coconut, neem, betal, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva,
almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and katha.
Banyan and Pipal (Aswatha)
are sacred trees; they should usually only be planted near a temple or at a sacred place. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent supports.
If a tree must be removed because it is inauspicious or for other reasons, it should be removed in the months of Magh or Bhadrapada. The day before cutting the tree, worship it and express regret that it must be removed from its rooting. Promise to plant a new tree in its place. Do so within three months. When cutting the tree, it should fall east or north, not south or west.

Vastu for living room:

The Living room should be on the north side of the house. Furniture should be square or rectangular, not round or oval.
It is good if the ceiling slopes down toward the northeast direction.
The air-conditioner should be in the west, not the southeast.
Furniture should mainly be in the west and south section of the room.

The walls should be painted white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black. Depressing
paintings should not be placed on the walls.

Vastu for pooja room:

The Worship room should not be to the south.
The place of worship should be on the ground floor and not upstairs.
The altar should be located on the northeast side of the temple room.
The deities or pictures of the deities should either face east or west, and should not face north or south. It is best that the Deities face west and the worshipers face east.
The altar should not be set into the wall but should be at least 2.5 cm (an inch) from it.
The door to the temple room should have two shutters.
Toilets should never be above or below the place of worship.
White, light yellow, or light blue are good colors for a temple room. It is good if the worship room is shaped like a pyramid, sloping inward as it goes upward toward the roof in th four directions.

Vastu for dining room:

The Dining room should be located on the west side of the house, or on the east or north side of the building. If the kitchen is on the ground floor, the dining room should not be on an upper floor but should also be located on the ground floor.
The door leading into the dining room should be on the east, north, or west side of the room. It should not have arches.
The house’s main entrance door should not face the dining room’s door.
It is best to face east or west while eating. The head of the family should face east during
meals. Other members of the family can face east, north, or west, but it is not advisable to face south.
The dining table should not be round or oval but either square or rectangular. It should not fold from the wall or be attached to the wall.
A sink can be located in the northeast corner of the dining room, or on the north or east sides of the room.
No toilets should be attached to the dining room.

Vastu for bedroom:

The main Bedroom should be on the southwest or northwest side of the house. If there is an upper story in the house, the master bedroom should be on this floor, in the southwest corner. Adult married children can also use this room. Younger children, however, should not use it because that will cause trouble in the household.
Bedrooms on the northeast side of the house will also cause trouble.
The Children’s bedrooms should be in the northwest or west. The Younger children’s
can also be on the east side of the house, Newly married couples should not use a bedroom on the east side. Guest bedrooms are best located in the northwest corner, but can also be located in the northeast corner.

Bedroom walls should be painted a light rose, dark blue, dark green, gray, etc. Some
authorities say that the walls should not be painted white or a light yellow. The door
should be set in the east, west or north, and should ideally be one shutter.
One should sleep in his own house with his head facing east or south. If one is staying in someone else’s house, or while traveling, he should sleep with his head facing west. One should never sleep with his head facing north. Upon rising from bed, the right foot should be placed on the floor first. If one is to study in the bedroom, the east side should be used. The wardrobe should be located on the northwest or southwest side of the bedroom. TV, heaters, and air conditioners should be located in the southeast corner.
The southwest corner of the room should not be vacant. An attached bathroom could be built on the west or north sides of the room. It is best not to keep the safe in a bedroom, but if this is the only place for the safe, it should be located on the south wall, opening north.
Avoid keeping the photo, calendar or idols of any Deities in the bedroom.
At night it is advisable to keep a light burning. A night bulb will do. Never keep the
bedroom pitch dark.

Vastu for study or Reading room:

The library or study room should be located on the west side of the building, but should not be located in the corners of the house. When using a library or study, it is best to sit facing east or north.
The bookshelves should not be in the northwest or southwest corner. Books should be in the east, north, or west sides of the room.
The door should be two-shuttered and should be located in the northeast, north, or west.
Windows can be set on the east, north, or west walls. The walls should be painted white, sky blue, cream, or light green.
If one will not sleep in the room, a pyramidal shape (walls sloping inward as they go upward towards the ceiling) will help study and meditation.

Vastu for toilet:

Bathrooms can be on the west or north west sides of the building, but not on the eastern or north eastern sides. The toilet room should also not be located on the south east, the south west, or in the center of the building.
The morning sun falling on the body after bathing is good, so windows should be set in
the north or east sides of the room.
Ideally, toilets should face south, not east or west (in the direction of the sun). The toilet should be built 30–60cm (1 or 2 feet) above the ground. An attached bathroom should be on the west or northwest side of a room, never on the northeast side.
Sinks should be placed on the northeast, north, or east sides of the room. Bathtubs should be located on the northeast, west, or east sides.
Bathroom walls should be painted white, sky blue, or another light shade. Do not use black or dark red.
Water should leave the bathroom from the east or northeast side. Water should not leave from the southwest or southeast directions.

Vastu for staircase:

Best to build Stairways on the southwest, or if necessary, on the south or west sides of the house.
Do not build stairways on the northeast side, as it will cause loss of wealth. The staircase should go up from east to west or north to south. The same stairway that goes to the upper floor should not also go down to the basement.
Stairways should be built with an odd number of stairs 9, 11, or 15 steps, for example.
The number of stairs should not end with a zero if you must build an even number—there should not be 10 or 20 steps—because it is best to begin climbing steps with the right foot and also to end the climb on the right foot. This is not possible when there is an even number of stairs. The right foot is equated with gain, the left with loss.Circular stairways are not good. The doorway at the top of the stairway should be at least 20cm (8 inches)
lower than the doorway at the bottom of the stairs. Broken stairs should be repaired immediately to avoid accidents.
The stairway should be painted a light color. The worship room, safe, or toilet should not be located under a staircase.
Water should leave the bathroom from the east or northeast side. Water should not leave from the southwest or southeast directions. The overhead septic tank should be on the northwest side of the house.

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