2020-12-02 by maaproperties

Vaastu Shastra, often called the science of architecture, is an Indian doctrine that lays down principles for construction of buildings. The principles are generally applied to provide the best possible design for buildings in accordance with directional alignment. Originally followed as a rule of thumb for construction of temples, Vaastu Shastra is nowadays generally followed as a principle of design by quality real estate

builders.Vaastu is based on the maxim that the world is made of five basic elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space, and these elements have a constant yet invisible correlation with each other. The Shastra prescribes that one should use the benefits of the five elements to create a congenial living and working environment which in turn would help the individual achieve spiritual well-being, happiness, health and prosperity.

Vaastu Shastra follows a design methodology based on the concept of Vastu Purusha Mandala. According to mythology, Brahma, the creator of the Universe, along with the Astha Dikapalakas, the Gods of the eight cardinal directions, overpowered a formless creature whose shadow had blocked the sun from the earth. The Gods overpowered the creature and held it against the Earth while Brahma sat on its middle. As the creature had not borne any ill will towards anyone and had only grown, the very purpose it was designed for, Brahma blessed it with immortality and a boon that he will be worshipped by any person who builds a building on Earth.

This incident is shown diagrammatically in the Vastu Purusha Mandala. The centre portion is called Brahmasthana in reference to where Brahma had sat and the rest of the gods are arrayed in 44 positions across a 99 square grid formation. There are 32 gods in the outer boundary area and 13, including Brahma, in the inner portion. The head of the creature faces the North-East and his feet are placed towards the South-West. The gods, arranged across the grid, rule the portion they are placed in and lend their inherent qualities to that portion. These qualities find expression in the design of buildings and placement of rooms in houses and apartment complexes.

Building architects use the Mandala to design houses and apartments in a grid pattern. They use a method called Pada Vinyasa that allows them to divide a site of any size into grids and thereafter design the house in the best way possible. The guidelines for the placement of rooms follow a logical pattern governed by the position of the Sun. Each room is placed in such a way that it faces the Sun at the time of the day when it is most likely to be used. According to the Mandala, the ideal daily activity and consequently, the reasoning for placement of rooms in a 33 grid should be:

  • North-East: Ruled by Shiva
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for prayer and meditation
  • Placement: Meditation or prayer room, entrance, porch, balcony, verandah, underground water tank
  • Avoid: Kitchen, toilet, septic tank
  • East: Ruled by the sun god, Surya and the leader of gods, Indra
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time to prepare for the day, take baths
  • Placement: Bathroom, living room, guest room, study room,open area
  • South-East: Ruled by the god of fire, Agni:
  • Activity / Reasoning: Preparation of food
  • Placement: Tulasi plant, kitchen, electric meter, store room
  • Avoid: Cellar or well
  • South: Ruled by the god of death, Yama
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for work
  • Placement: Bedroom, office, staircase, store room
  • Avoid: Cellar or well
  • South-West: Ruled by ancestors
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for rest after lunch
  • Placement: Master bedroom, dressing room, wardrobes, cash box, staircase, heavy items, overhead water tank
  • Avoid: Cellar or well
  • West: Ruled by the god of water, Varun
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for children to study; Use heat from Sun to dry wet areas
  • Placement: Children?s bedroom, dining room, study room, overhead water tanks, toilet, septic tank
  • Avoid: Cellar or well
  • North-West: Ruled by the god of wind, Vayu
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for eating, relaxing and sleeping
  • Placement: Guest bedroom, dining and study room, room for elder child, parking, septic tank
  • North: Ruled by the god of wealth, Kuber
  • Activity / Reasoning: Time for sleeping; keep valuables in darkest corner of house
  • Placement: Treasury, living room, entrance, bathroom, open area
  • Avoid: Bedrooms
  • Centre: Ruled by Brahma
  • Placement: Tulasi plant, open area

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Postdate: 2020-12-02

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