Vastu Shastra, commonly known as Vastu, is a traditional Hindu system of architecture, the literal translation of which is “science of architecture”. These are based on Hindu as well as Buddhist beliefs and have been formulated to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various parts of the structure, and ancient beliefs utilizing geometric patterns and symmetry. To ensure the well-being, happiness, and prosperity of all the residents, a house needs to be built as per the guidelines laid down by the Vastu Shastra. Despite popular beliefs, Vastu Shastra is not fantastical or irrational but it’s based on sound scientific principles that aim at combining all five elements of nature to ensure the utmost well-being of mankind. So, it is better not to ignore this aspect while buying a house, as you end up practically spending every penny you have saved till now on it, and you would want it to be just perfect. You don’t need to be a Vastu expert to know whether the basic structure of the house is as per Vastu guidelines or not. Just a quick look at the entrance and you will understand the Vastu of the house. How? Don’t worry; we will give you some Vastu tips to keep in mind before buying a house. Easy? Well here they are:
If you are not buying a standalone property but an apartment, the entrance to the block will be considered as the entrance. Make sure that the entrance gate is located towards the north or northeast. South and west entrances are not recommended. The reason behind this is that the sun’s rays entering from this direction during the afternoon are harmful to your health. Proper ventilation with ample sunlight Vastu places extreme importance on having proper ventilation in a house. The house should be open, and airy and get ample sunlight, as close claustrophobic places lead to the breeding of germs and sunlight helps kill any unwanted germs and smells. A North or East-facing flat with windows and balconies in either of these two directions is ideal. According to Vastu, a house should not have a common wall with another house as it creates mixed energies; hence it is very important for open space to be left on all four corners of the place.
The kitchen should ideally be in the southeast corner of the flat. It is called Aagneya – apparently, the direction governed by the fire element.
Water storage tank
It should ideally be placed in the northeastern corner of a building as this area gets the first ray in the morning, and early morning rays are very beneficial for the purity of water.
Toilets and bathrooms
They should ideally be on the southwest or the southern corner of the flat. It is because the wind blows from northeast to southwest and if toilets are placed in the northeast, the wind will blow from the toilet to the living room thereby contaminating the atmosphere.
The most ideal place for a kid’s room is the northeast or north-west part of the house. Also, the window should open to the North, because it would prevent direct harmful rays of the sun from entering his/her room, and give him/her ample sunlight at the same time.
Center of the apartment
As per Vastu, there should be light in the center of the apartment, so closed spaces like the kitchen and toilets should not be placed here. The center is an ideal place for a living room.
Staircase It is not advisable to build the staircase in the northeast, as this will block the morning rays of the sun. The external staircase should ideally be placed in the South-west corner. The internal staircase should not be placed in the center because it would not only mar the beauty of the living room but also make it look congested.