The importance of Vastu Shastra in our life is that it brings prosperity and happiness. Vastu is very reasonable based on analytical science but not on assumptions. Vastu Shastra acts upon a given space and allows positive energy to flow. The best part of Vastu Shastra is that, it’s guidelines are easy and simple to follow. The flexibility allows almost all construction to apply Vastu principles. Vastu extracts energy from the five basic elements of nature – the solar energy (Sun), lunar energy (Moon), wind energy (Atmosphere), earth’s magnetic energy (Earth) and fire energy (Fire). The balance of all these elements of nature is what brings prosperity in the life of a person. Vastu Shastra thus enables to bring harmony in the life of people who follow the principles of Vastu Shastra.
The 9 Vastu tips are:
For survival, man needs three essential things; food, air and shelter. And while building a shelter, you need to take care of a few things according to Vastu Shastra which is as follows.
The bedroom is the place, where you relax and take a break from the stress. This is the room that enables you to have a sound sleep and rejuvenates you for the next day. Nearly 1/3rd of your life goes in sleeping, and if the bedroom is designed as per Vastu Shastra principles, it will take care of this 1/3 of life.
Ideal place to have the bedroom is South-West or South. This is also applicable for the master bedroom, which can be in South or South-West. The entrance should be located in the North or East, but not in South-West.
2. Sleeping Direction
The head should be in South and the legs towards northern direction for a sound and peaceful sleep. You should never place your head in the North direction as it may cause ill health, bad dreams and insomnia.
Sleeping with your head towards the East direction is most effective quadrant, particularly for students since this is the place where all the positive energy is stored. Students, when they get up early in the morning, can turn to the right side and get the energy of the Sun. This way they can start their day with positive energy.
3. Prayer Room
After the bedroom, the most significant place in the house is the prayer room. Here when you place the pictures of deities it should be on the eastern side only. Pictures of the deceased person should not be kept with the deities but on the outside of the altar.
Do not build your prayer room under the staircase, it is not considered auspicious. The space under the stairs can be used for storage. Picture of deities should be placed on the east, so wards can pray facing east.
4. Tulasi Plant
Every conventional house recommends planting of medicinal plants or herbs, or flowers to perform pooja. These plants with their fragrance and healing power add positive energies to the ambience.
According to Vastu, it is considered to be auspicious to have a Tulasi plant in front of your house. It wards off negative influences from your house. The Tulasi plant should be located in the front of the house (not directly) to the main entrance. The ideal place is East.
The kitchen is where you prepare food, and according to Vastu Shastra, there is a prescribed place for a kitchen.
The kitchen, as per the Vastu Shastra, should ideally be located in the North-Eastern part of the house. The ruling planet of the kitchen is Venus because fire is said to be the ruling element. The kitchen should not be located above the pooja room, bedroom or toilet. It should be in the North-East part of the building.
Vastu Shastra says when you build a new house the first thing to do is dig a well. If the water from this well is used for construction, it is considered to be auspicious for the people living in that house. A well should be round in construction and should be exposed to sunlight. It is not advisable if a well is shared between two properties.
It is advised that the water source or well should be placed on the North or North-East side of the property. If you draw a line from North-East corner to South-East corner, the axis should be on the left or right side of the line, not on it.
The well should not be dug in the South-East part of the property, because this is the governing place of fire, and may cause conflict with water sources. It is hence considered inauspicious.
A living place that is Vastu compliant provides inmates with a stress-free, peaceful, and progressive life. Most of the time, we have seen that bathrooms are made anywhere in the house, which tends to radiate negative energy in the house. According to Vastu principles, a bathroom has to be built in a specific location. The bathroom should not be constructed in any corners of the house. Ideally, the Eastern part of the house is the best place to have a bathroom. The toilet should be built on the north-west or west part of the building.
According to Vastu, it is perfectly alright to build the staircase in the West or South direction. Since the staircase is said to be a heavy structure, and if placed in south direction, it will block all the negative energy, and there will not be any adverse effects. When the stairs are built, it should always rise from the East direction to land on West or start from North to land on South. The places you should avoid building a staircase is in the northeast direction and the centre of the house.
It is believed that when you light a lamp in the house it wards off all the negative energies. One can light an oil lamp and place it in the east direction. The lamp should minimum have two wicks; you can also have a maximum of 5 to 7 wicks on a lamp. The lamp should never face South as it is not considered auspicious. The lamp should never be lit with one wick. You can also keep a lamp in front of a deity, or near Tulasi plant in the courtyard for spiritual benefits.
Trees may be planted on the South or West direction and should not be too close to the house. South part of the property is ideal for trees as it will block the negative energies from the South-West direction. Also, make sure the branches of the tree is not in contact with the building, because this way positive rays will not be received by the building. The good trees that can be planted are Coconut, Neem, Jackfruit, Mango, Amla etc.