we live can influence our happiness,
wealth, health, and prosperity. The Vastu
Shastra is the Vedic science of building.
When one studies the Vastu Shastra, he
learns to create buildings that favorably
influence those things that bring us
Vastu Shastra considers the astrological
placement of the Sun, Earth, and other
planets during the actual construction. It
also considers where the building site is
located, the site’s shape, the proposed
building’s shape, the direction the
building will face, the location of gates,
entry doors, room doors, windows, and the
building’s general design. North and
east are considered important
directions—east because it is the
direction from which the sun rises.
When purchasing a property, it is a good
idea to stand on the land and feel its
vibration for a few moments. Trust your
feelings. If you feel positive about it,
consider buying the land. If not, it is
probably not good for you. It is best to
buy land where happy and successful people
have lived. A house sold by a person in
distress or who is impoverished, should be
purchased only with caution. A dilapidated
or haunted house should not be purchased
land should be cultivatable and should
smell good. It is best not to build on
nonarable land. Land that contains many
rocks, anthills, many worms, bones, broken
pottery, sludge, and thorny trees should
not be purchased. If the center of the
land is humped like the shell of a turtle,
it should not be purchased.
color of the soil should also be
considered. White soil is good for brahmans
(priests, teachers, scientists, or
intellectuals), red for ksatriyas
(rulers, soldiers, or administrators),
yellow for vaisyas (businessmen,
farmers or bankers), and black for sudras
(laborers, artisans, craftsmen, or
you assess the soil, do not just make a
surface check, but also dig about 4m (12
ft) down. If the soil is black up to 1m (3
ft) down and white or red below that, the
land can be purchased. According to Vastu
Shastra, black and clayey soil is not good
for building. If the soil is crumbly rock,
money can easily be gotten. Yellow soil is
good for businessmen.
test of land quality is to dig a knee-deep
hole (2/3m or 2'x2'x2') and then refill
it. If after filling the hole you have
some soil left over, the land is good. If
there is no soil left after filling the
hole, the land is average. If the returned
soil does not even fill the hole, this is
not a good sign. Such land should not be
purchased. This shows the soil’s natural
moisture and aeration.
dig the same sized hole. This time, fill
it with water. If it takes more than an
hour for the water to be absorbed, this is
a good sign. If there are many cracks in
the hole after the water has been
absorbed, the construction may cost more
than you expect. This is a percolation
test done even in the U.S. to test for
clay deposits. The cracks indicate clay
soil, which is not best for water drainage
and can cause foundation problems, etc.
Also, wastes are not carried away
properly, which can bring disease.
not purchase land that has been used as a
crematorium, cemetery, or a samadhi (tomb
for a holy person). The land should not be
purchased if in the recent past someone
has committed suicide on it, or if there
have been several deaths over the period
of a couple of months.
is usually best not to purchase land next
to a bridge. If the bridge is on
the north or east sides, it definitely
should not be purchased. If it is on the
south or west sides, that is a safer
is also usually best not to purchase land
that shares a well with another property.
The land can be purchased, however, if the
water supply is a common well on the
north, east, or northeast side.
plot of land situated on a hill is also
not a good purchase in most cases. It is
better to purchase level ground. If the
land to be purchased is on the side of a
hill, however, and the land slopes down
toward the north or east, that is all
right. If the land slopes to the west, do
not purchase it.
choosing and purchasing land, plants
should be grown on the land. Also,
if possible, keep a cow and her calf on
the land for a while to make it more
The direction that the front of a property
faces is important. The best shapes for
plots of land are square or rectangular,
facing squarely on the four cardinal
directions. A land tilt of 20 degrees, off
square by 20 degrees, is acceptable. If
the plot is rectangular, it is better that
the longer sides run north to south rather
than west to east.
the plot of land does not squarely face
the four cardinal directions, and if the
road does not run in one of the four
cardinal directions, the house should be
built facing the four directions The house
should be square or rectangular, and the
faces of the building should each be
toward a cardinal direction, and not built
facing the road.
is not good to purchase a piece of land
squeezed between two larger pieces of land
as such land will bring its owner poverty.
northeast side of the land should be the
lowest side. If the northeast side is at a
higher elevation than other sides of the
property, you can dig soil from that one
side and use it to build up the other
parts. The land should either slope down
toward the north or east, but not toward
the west or south. Land sloping north
brings riches, sloping east brings good
fortune, sloping south brings ruin, and
sloping west brings financial loss.
is auspicious if tall buildings or hills
do not obstruct the north, northeast, and
east sides of the land. Do not purchase
land with such obstructions to those sides
because the sun’s rays will be blocked.
those same obstructions blocking the west
or south sides, however, bring health and
wealth—light coming from the southwest
is not beneficial. The sun’s rays
traveling westward are considered harmful.
Thus such obstructions block out harmful
the same reason, a water source located on
the southwest side of a building will
cause the owner misery. Similarly, there
should be a minimum number of doors and
windows set into the southwest side of a
building; the majority of windows should
be set in the northeast side.
boundary walls around a property should be
higher in the west and south and lower in
the north and east.
is auspicious if the plot has a river or a
stream flowing through it on the
northeast, or if there is a lake on the
same side. It is not auspicious if there
is an electrical power supply or large
electric pole on the northeast side of the
plot. A telephone pole is not negative in
the northeast, however.
should not be any valley, a depression in
the land, or large pit around the
Construction should not stop once it
begins. Workers should not be
unnecessarily pushed to speed up their
work; work for the day should stop at
sunset. No construction should be done at
night. A qualified engineer should always
oversee the construction.
materials should be stored in the
southwest corner of the property during
construction. The storage area or
structure can also be built in the
southeast corner, at least 1m (3 ft) from
the property boundary. The guard should
stay in a house in the southeast corner.
Thieves will be a danger if the guard
stays in the northwest corner, and the
guard should not stay in the southwest
of construction: the well, the storage
house, and then the boundary wall.
in Relation to Land
A square piece of land surrounded by roads
on four sides is considered very good. It
should be purchased even if at a high
cost. A person who owns this land will
become wealthy, healthy, and happy.
a road runs alongside the property and
ends at the northeast corner, that is also
very good. If a road ends on any other
parts of the property, however, that plot
is usually not good.
road on the north side of the property is
good, but a road on the south side is not
so good. If there is only one road, it is
best if it is located on the east side. It
is not so good if it is located on the
there are roads on only the east and north
side, that is good. If there are roads on
the west and north, it is average. Roads
on the north, west, and east—that is,
only on these three sides—is not so
good. Roads on the north, south, and west
is also not so good. It is
inauspicious if there are three roads only
on the east, south, and west.
should also not be next to a T or Y
Location of Land
There are other aspects of land assessment
that should be considered. The plot should
not be within twice the distance of the
height of the house to a public place—a
hospital, factory, temple, church,
marriage hall, courthouse, cemetery, or
cremation grounds. There should not be a
laundry place, shoe shop, meat shop, or
workshop with loud machinery opposite the
house should be at least 25m (80 ft) from
the entrance of a temple. The property’s
gate should not face a temple or church,
and the shadow of a temple or church
should not fall on the house.
the public place is twice the distance of
the height of the house away from the
house, it will have no effect.
Only new bricks, wood, and materials
should be used when building a new house.
Materials from an old building should not
usually be used to build a new one in case
those old materials repeat negative
incidents that occurred in the old house.
There is unhappiness in using old things.
If there are old materials available,
better to sell them and use the money to
buy new materials.
from thorny trees should not be used, as
it will have a negative effect. Materials
that have been stored for a long time
should also not be used. Iron grills
should only be used when needed.
of the Land
The best properties are either square or
rectangular. If the plot is not a perfect
rectangle, it is best if at least the
southwest and southeast sides of the land
are at 90º angles from one another. The
southwest side of the quadrilateral should
definitely not be extended past the
southeast side, even if that means
giving away a portion of the plot. Land
that extends past the northeast side of
the quadrilateral, however, brings wealth,
happiness, and good name. Land extending
on the northeast side is very good.
Extensions on any other side are
inauspicious. Extensions of the northwest
side will cause you to lose money and
the land is cut in the corner this is not
good. If possible the land to fill in the
missing corner should be purchased. If the
land is cut short on the northeast side it
is very bad and is not aspicious; do not
purchase it. It is like a headless body.
oval, and triangular plots should be
avoided. The house should not be built in
the shape of a diamond, with the corner
facing north. L-shaped plots are also
inauspicious and should not be purchased.
is good if the plot is narrower at the
entrance and wider at its rear, but the
opposite is not good.
or Water Source
It is advised that the first construction
project for the new house is to dig the
well. If water is used from this well for
the construction, it is auspicious for the
family who will live in the house. It is
best that the well or water source is on
the north or northeast side of the land,
or if water comes from the municipality,
it should enter from the northeast side.
If you draw a line from the southeast
corner to the northeast corner, the well
should be to the right or left of the
line, not on it.
well can also be in the north or east
sides of the property. The well should not
be in the northwest or southeast corners,
as this is inauspicious. It is especially
inauspicious if the well is dug in the
southwest corner. It is also inauspicious
to have a well in the middle of a house.
should be round. Ideally, the well water
should be exposed to sunlight for five
hours a day. It is not recommended to
share wells between two properties.
well should be dug after puja
(worship) has been performed on the land
at an astrologically auspicious time. This
will insure that the water will be pure.
well should be dug under an auspicious
star, such as Rohini, Hasta, Uttara
Bhadrapada, Uttara, etc. It should be dug
on an auspicious day—a Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The well
should be dug during a downward-facing
constellation or star, such as, Krittika,
Purva Phalguni, Mula, Bharani, Ashlesha,
Purva Bhadrapada, or Purvashadha.
departing from the kitchen and bathroom
should flow to the northeast and leave the
house from this side.
Wall and Gate
The compound wall should be built before
the house is constructed. Construction
should begin during an auspicious
constellation, and on a favorable day—a
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It
should also be begun during an auspicious
day of the lunar month—Pratipada,
Panchami, Shashthi, Dashami, Ekadashi, or
compound wall should not be higher than
the house, and construction of it should
begin on the southwest side.
southwest part of the wall should be
higher than the rest of the wall. The
walls on the north and east sides should
be 53cm (21 inches) shorter than on the
west and south sides. If this is not
possible, then the north and east sides
should be a minimum of 8cm (3 inches)
not set the gate on the south side. It is
best that there are two gates to the
compound, so evil things entering one gate
will exit from the other.
of Main Building
It is best if the house is built on the
southwest section of the land. Any open
space should be to the north and east.
Open space on the west side of the land is
not good for the family’s male members.
It is also good to keep a tulasi plant in
the northeast corner.
electric generators should be situated on
the southeast section of the plot, not the
northeast, which is inauspicious. Loud
machinery should not be placed near the
there is to be a swimming pool,
waterfalls, or fountains, they should be
set to the north, east, or northeast.
Gardens, plants, or the lawns should also
be set to the north, east, or northeast.
Plants should be less than 1m (3 ft) in
height. Swings should be to the north or
east, and should swing from east to west.
seats should be placed in the south or
west of the open area, and people should
face north or east while sitting.
is considered inauspicious to block the
entrance to a house, such as with a tree
or telephone pole. If one of these things
is more than twice the distance of the
house’s height away, it will not have
or dirty water should not be kept near a
house’s entrance (or the entrance to a
place of business), and neither should it
be kept near the property’s entrance. An
unclean stream or pool of unclean water
should not be located in front of the
or outhouses should not be on the north or
east sides of the house, and they
definitely should not touch the eastern or
northern boundary walls.
garage, building, or servants’ quarters
built separately from the house should be
located to the southeast or northwest of
the main house but should not touch any of
the boundary walls. Ideally such quarters
should not touch the southeast corner, but
should be slightly west (without touching
the east wall). They should also not touch
the northwest corner but should be
slightly south (without touching the north
wall). They should be established about 1m
(3 ft) from the wall.
Cars should be parked facing east or
north. A car should never be parked facing
south. If a car is parked facing west or
northwest, the owner will spend a long
parking lot should be in the northwest
corner of the property. It should not be
located to the southwest or northeast.
Parking can also be located in the
basement, on the north or east side.
parking garage should not be connected to
the compound wall or the main building.
parking garage should be painted a light
color, not a dark color.
The roof of the house should slope towards
the northeast and rainwater should flow to
the north, east, or northeast direction.
Balconies, verandahs, and terraces should
ideally be built on the north, northeast,
or east sides of the house, not on the
south or west sides. If a balcony is on
the southwest side of a house, it should
be covered and closed.
floor or roof over a balcony or terrace
should be lower than the floor or roof of
the main building. It is best if the
verandah’s roof is slanted toward the
northeast. Tin is a good roofing material
for such structures. The verandah’s
corners should not be rounded, and
balconies should not have arches.
on the verandah should be small. No
creepers should be planted on a verandah.
The seats on the verandah should be set on
the south or west sides.
can be removed and placed on the verandah.
They should not be placed to the
Furniture, such as sofas, should be placed
in the southeast, south, or west sides of
a room. The house’s owner should sit
facing north or east, and his guests
should sit facing west or south.
is best that the northeast corner of each
room in the house be left empty. If
furniture must be set in the northeast
corner, it should be set 15cm (six inches)
from the wall.
not align doors within the house. One door
should not lead directly into another.
is best when a student studies that he
face north, northeast, or east. Therefore
a table in a study room should be placed
in the south or west sides of the room.
Books should be stored in the southwest
side of the room.
not keep money in a place facing south.
one prays, he should face either north or
should face either west or south to insure
that when a person rises in the morning,
he is facing either north or east. While
asleep, one should place his head to the
south, east, or west, not north. If
one’s place of worship is in the bedroom
(in the northeast), one should sleep with
his head facing east to avoid pointing his
feet toward the altar.
should be placed on the north or east
walls, not on the south or west walls. Do
not keep broken mirrors in the house.
Clocks should be placed on the west,
north, or east walls. Clothes should be
washed in the southeast corner of the
should be kept in the northeast corner of
the house, and a person should face
northeast while taking it. It is best to
nurse those who are ill in the southwest
corner of the house, although the
northwest corner is also good.
and wastewater should leave the house from
the northeast side. It should flow west to
east or south to north.
should be an even number of columns and
beams in the house, not odd.
should generally be made from a single
piece of wood and should open on the left
television can be placed in the southeast
side of a room. An overhead water tank
should be located in the southwest side of
should be on the south, southwest, or west
sides of a building.
pictures should not be hung in a house
such as nudes, animals fighting, captured
elephants, hunting scenes, trees without
fruits or flowers, snakes, owls, bats,
vultures and pigeons.
Gate 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
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
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.
Vastu authorities 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.
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.
the entrance of the house is to the south,
there should not be a balcony or verandah
in front of the door.
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.
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.
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.
is good to decorate a house’s entrance
with pictures or statues of Laksmi, Ganesh
or Kuvera and auspicious signs such as OM
or the Swastika. Inauspious pictures
should not be on the door. Doors
should have thresholds. Shoes should not
be kept in front of the door, but to the
door should not be slanted, sliding, or
The overhead water tank should be in the
southwest (best) or west corners of the
building. An overhead water tank should
not be located in the northeast or
southeast corners, or in the middle of the
roof. It is also best that it is not
located in the northwest unless the tank
is small and is located approximately 1m
(2 or 3 ft) from the building’s corner.
The tank should be elevated at least 1m (2
or 3 ft) above the roof, on a platform.
possible, the tank should not be made of
plastic. If it must be plastic, however,
it should either be black or dark blue
plastic, because such colors aid the
absorption of sunlight. A dark water tank
while absorbing sun for heat doesn’t
encourage microbial growth as quickly as a
light-colored tank would do.
possible, there should be different tanks
for the kitchen and bathrooms.
It is best if the building’s walls are
higher on the west and south sides and
lower on the north and east sides. Also,
the south and west walls should be thicker
than the north and east walls, if
possible. The building’s floor and roof
should be higher on the south and west
sides, lower on the north and east sides.
Neither the ground nor the building should
be higher in the northeast than in the
in the House
Worship should be done in the northeast,
north, or east sides of the house. It is
best that the temple room is in the
northeast corner of the house. The worship
room should not be to the south. The place
of worship should be on the ground floor
and not upstairs.
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.
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.
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 the four
The kitchen should ideally be in the
southeast corner of the house, its windows
on the east and south sides. There can
also be a window on the west side. If the
kitchen cannot be in the southeast corner,
it is all right to place it in the
northwest corner. But in general, the
kitchen should not be in the north, and
should certainly not be in the northeast
corner. Locating the kitchen to the
southwest will cause problems.
kitchen should not be next to or across
from a toilet, nor should it be directly
in front of the main door.
should be done in the southeast corner or
on the east side of the kitchen. It is
best to cook while facing east, but facing
north is also all right. It is advisable
not to put the stove on the northern wall.
The cooking platform should not touch the
wall but should be placed at least 8 cm (3
inches) from the wall. The stove should
not be in front of the kitchen’s door.
items such as microwaves, grinders, and
mixers should be placed in the southeast
corner of the kitchen. The sink should be
in the northeast corner. The southwest
wall should be used for storage.
refrigerator should be in the northwest,
southeast, south, or west. It should not
be placed on the northeast side. If it is
on the southwest side of the kitchen, be
sure to set it away from the wall.
there is a dining table in the kitchen, it
should be placed on the north or west
side. The door to the toilet should not
face the dining table.
should be painted yellow, rose, red,
orange, or chocolate brown. If possible,
do not paint the walls white or black.
( Sitting) 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.
walls should be painted white, yellow,
green, or blue, never red or black.
Depressing paintings should not be placed
on the walls.
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.
children’s bedrooms should be in the
northwest or west. The younger
children’s bedroom can also be on the
east side of the house, Newly married
couples should not use a bedroom on the
bedrooms are best located in the northwest
corner, but can also be located in the
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.
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.
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
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.
Money, valuables, or a safe should be
stored in a room on the north side of the
house. This is the side of Kubera, the god
of wealth. The door to this room should be
facing north or east. The walls should be
painted yellow, because yellow leads to an
increase of wealth.
a safe is large, it can be placed in the
south, southwest, or west sides of the
house, but it should always be set a few
inches from the wall. It should not be in
the southwest or southeast corner, and
should definitely not be in a northeast
corner. The safe should face north and
open toward the north or east. It is
inauspicious to have a safe opening to the
south—this will cause a loss of money.
The safe should not be located under any
should be installed on a Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, when the
Sun is in the constellations of Dhanishtha,
Rohini, Uttara, Swati, Shravan or
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bathrooms can be on the west or northwest
sides of the building, but not on the
eastern or northeastern sides. The toilet
room should also not be located on the
southeast, the southwest, 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.
toilets should face south, not east or
west (in the direction of the sun). The
toilet should be located on the west or
northwest side of the room and should be
built 30–60cm (1 or 2 feet) above the
attached bathroom should be on the west or
northwest side of a room, never on the
should be placed on the northeast, north,
or east sides of the room. Bathtubs should
be located on the northeast, west, or east
walls should be painted white, sky blue,
or another light shade. Do not use black
or dark red.
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
The library or study 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.
bookshelves should not be in the northwest
or southwest corner. Books should be in
the east, north, or west sides of 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.
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.
The storage areas should be located in the
northwest part of the building, but not in
the north or east. The storage room door
should not be on the southwest side of the
room. Storage cabinets should be located
on the west or north sides of the room.
Butter, ghee, oil, and cooking gas should
be kept in the southeast corner.
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.
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.
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
stairway should be painted a light color.
The worship room, safe, or toilet should
not be located under a staircase.
Basements should ideally not be built
under the entire house. If that is
impossible, use only the northeast
section. Heavy equipment can be kept on
the south and west sides.
is best that the basement should only be
in the northeast side of a house. It can
also be located on the east side of the
house. It should not, however, be located
only on the south, southeast, or west
floor of the basement should slope
downward towards the northeast. The walls
should be at least 3m (9 ft) high. The
basement should be painted white but
should not be blue. The heater, water
heater, or electrical panels should be in
the southeast corner of the basement.
sunrays do not enter basements, this
highly reduces the basement’s positive
effect on the persons living in them.
Therefore, a basement should not be used
for living as far as possible. Basements
are also not good places to conduct
business. The basement’s effects will be
improved if one-fourth of the basement is
A mezzanine or loft should be built on the
south, west, or southwest sides of a room.
(Sitting) room safe
room living room
room bathing room (no toilet)
bedroom heavy storage
bedroom store room study
room bathroom grain storage room
It is best that there are more doors and
windows on the north and east sides of the
building. There should be fewer windows
and doors on the upper floors than on the
lower ones. It is also said that the
number of doors and windows on the upper
floor should not equal the amount of doors
and windows on the ground floor. The
ceiling height of the rooms on the upper
floor should be less than the ceiling
height of the rooms on the ground floor.
only part of the upper floor is used, this
part should be built in the southwest
area. The balcony should be on the north,
east, or northeast side. The balcony
should not be in the southwest corner.
and studies should be located on the upper
floor. A storage area for heavy items
should be located on the lower floor, and
not the upper.
It is always good to grow a tulasi plant
on one’s property. Tulasi should be
located on the north, northeast, or east
sides of the house, or in front of the
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.
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 building. 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.
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.
sculptures and rock gardens should be
located on the southwest side of the house
because they are heavy.
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.
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
or other plants should not be grown by
using the building or compound wall as
support. Creepers should only be grown in
a garden, and they should have their own
should be planted during auspicious
constellations. Saplings should first be
planted in clay pots and only later placed
in the ground. This enables them to grow
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.
Certain rituals can be performed before
construction on the plot begins. The land
should be installed at an auspicious time,
during an auspicious constellation.
Mondays and Thursdays are auspicious days
for such rituals. Ideally, a qualified
astrologer should set the time of
installation. Worship should be done in
the northeast corner of the land.
installing the land, it should be cleared.
Dirt, stones, holes in the ground, and
trash should be removed. Thorny bushes
should also be uprooted and removed.
installation should not be done if a woman
in the household is more than seven months
pregnant. The groundbreaking ceremony for
the house should only be done during the
Uttarayan period, when the sun is in the
northern hemisphere, and when the days are
longer than the nights, from June 21
through December 20.
Before entering a new house, a
house-warming ceremony should be
performed. A good time to enter a new
house is in the period of Uttarayan, from
June 21 through December 20, in the months
of Vaishaka, Shravan, and Margashirsh, in
the constellation of Uttara, Magha,
Ashwini, Swati, Pushya, and Revati, on an
auspicious day. It is good to confirm this
time with a qualified astrologer.
Navagraha-puja (worship of the nine
planets), and worship of the Vastupratima
(building deity) should be performed. The
residents of the building should then
circumambulate the building. Then puja
should be done to the threshold.
the Adjacent Plot
If one wishes to purchase the land
adjacent to one’s own property, it
should be purchased on a Monday, Thursday,
or Friday, during an auspicious
constellation such as Vaishaka, Purva,
Ashlesha, Mrig, Revati, Mul, or Anuradha.
land one already owns can be extended to
the north, east, or northeast. The
northwest corner should not be extended.
If a plot is available in the southwest,
west, or south sides, it should not be
purchased, as it will cause misfortune and
the northeast plot is available, purchase
it. It is best if the adjacent lot on the
northeast side is at a lower elevation
than the land already owned. If such land
is purchased, the dividing wall should be
taken down. As far as possible, you should
not construct buildings on this
One should not sit or sleep under a beam.
One should not hang paintings depicting
violence, war, crime, or distress on the
walls. Sweep all cobwebs from the
house—they are inauspicious. Cobwebs are
signs of the mode of ignorance. Creaking
doors are also inauspicious and should be
oiled immediately. Such sounds cut the
ether and allow subtle living entities to
enter through the “hole,” as does
shadow of a temple should not fall on the
house. There should not be a mountain on
the east side of the house, close enough
that its shadow falls on the house.
sun’s rays from 6 to 9 a.m. are the most
beneficial because at this time, they are
coming from the east. When the sun’s
rays are coming from the west between 3
and 6 p.m., the sun’s rays are not
after a house is constructed, it can be
remodeled to make the vibrations more
favorable to the residents. Often by
making positive changes according to the
Vastu Shastra to an already-built house,
the fortunes of the residents change
radically for the better.
is also best that persons own their homes
and do not live in rental properties. If
part of the house is to be rented out to
others, it should be the north or
northeast side. Only the owner should use
the south side.
is not good to leave a house vacant for
more than four months. The ground floor of
the house should be kept occupied; but it
is acceptable if the upper floor is
A good book to read on Vaastu Shastra is
the illustrated The Magic of Vaastu
Shastra, by Er. R. Prasad, published by
Diamond Books. The illustrations make
it easy to understand the subject.
by Derebail Muralidhar Rao, published by
S.B.S. Publishers, is a detailed book on
the subject of Vaastu, with good, detailed
illustrations. It is a bit difficult to
read, but it is informative.
An Edifice Science,
by AR Tarkhedkar, published by Cosmo
Publishing House, is a three-book set
containing good, detailed information.
Pocket Book of Vaastu,
by Rakesh Chawla, published by Full
Circle, is an easy to understand book but
is not so detailed.
Prasad invites you to the Wonderful World
of Vastu Shastra
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
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