Vaasthu Shastra is something that divides popular opinion quite sharply. Many people seem to doubt its effectiveness while much more seem quite intent on embracing it in fullness.
Going past all these debates, here’s a quick overview of 10 essential Vaastu guidelines for every house.
1. Orienting to the cardinal directions
One of the most prominent dictums that all variants of Vaasthu Shastra insist on is orienting your house to the cardinal (East, West, North, and South) directions. It is advised not to adapt to diagonal/angular orientations (for example, North-West to South-East).
2. Kitchen Placement
Vaasthu Shastra dictates that kitchen is best placed in the South-East corner of a house. It is advisable not to have front-facing kitchen. Also, the person cooking the food should ideally be facing east.
3. The importance of having a compound
Having a well-fenced premises is not only preferable practically, but Vaasthu Shastra also recommends it. By creating a grassy path all along the compound or fencing, a depression of land can be effected. This, according to Vaasthu norms, helps concentrate positive energy around the property.
At least 2 feet of elevation from ground level ensures Vaastu compliance
Wherever possible, the foundation of the house should be raised at least two feet above the regular ground level/street level. This is, perhaps, to ascertain that the house stays clear of dust and debris.
5. Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom and South-West corner go well together
Master Bedroom of the house is best placed in the South-West corner of the house. Therefore that the kitchen and the Master Bedroom should occupy exact opposite angular directions.
6. Centre of Mass of the building
Vaasthu Shastra’s Centre of Mass advices align perfectly with modern earthquake proof designs
Centre of mass of any building is advised to be kept clear of any depressions, elevations (such as balconies) or water bodies. According to Vaasthu Shastra, centre of mass of any house should ideally be free of any attached attributes.
A great feature of Vaasthu Shastra is its inherent reliance on minimalistic lifestyle. It is explicitly advised that you should refrain from stuffing your house with unnecessary items and things. This will keep your house organised, clean and overall, in order.
8. Efficient Lighting
A balance between natural light and artificial light is critical for positive energy harvesting
Another advice from Vaasthu Shastra, which can easily be implemented in any house is the use of effective lighting. Effective lighting that Vaasthu Shastra refers to aims to achieve a balance between artificial lighting and natural lighting in such a way that positive energy from sunlight favours a house throughout the day.
Vaasthu Shastra recommends having greenery around the house
It is recommended by Vaasthu Shastra that every house – in whichever capacity possible – should host a few plants of utility and decoration. Utility plants include herbs or fruits (tulsi, coconut or mango), while decoration plants include flower plants and creepers.
10. Open Spaces
Having open spaces around the house helps, according to Vaasthu Shastra
Vaasthu Shastra places great emphasis on having open spaces around every house. It is expected that, wherever possible, houses should try to maintain a separate identity. Of course, it’s impossible to achieve this in the apartment culture but this is still something that people who own bungalows or row-houses can think about implementing!
Shermukhi and Gowmukhi plots
Shermukhi plots are plots which are broader from front and narrow at the end. And gomukhi the opposite. Vaasthu suggests to buy such plots for housing purposes.