What is Vastu?

Vaastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which helps in making a congenial setting or a place to live and work in a most scientific way taking advantage of the benefits bestowed by nature, its elements and energy fields for enhanced wealthhealth,prosperity and happiness.

Vastu Shastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology, it can also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. Vastu Shastra helps us to make our lives better and will secure from things going wrong. 

Vaastu is the science of directions that combines all the five elements of nature and balance them with the man and the material. Vaastu Shastra is creating a congenial settings or a place to live or work, in most scientific way taking advantages of the benefits bestowed by the five elements called "Paanchbhootas" of the nature thereby paving the way for enhanced healthwealthprosperity and happiness in an enlightened environment. 

What is Vastu?Our sages and seers have knew the secrets of using all the five elements of this universe and their special characteristics and influences such as the magnetic field, gravitational effect etc. of Earth, the galaxy in the sky, the directions and velocity of the winds, light and heat of the SUN including the effects of its Ultra-Violet and Infra-Red rays, the volume and intensity of rainfall etc. for the advantage of the mankind in suitably planning and constructing buildings for dwelling, prayer, entertainment , education , working , production and other purposes . They evolved scientific methods and systems and confined them over the years as 'VAASTU SHASTRA'. Our sages SEARCHED it; we are only RESEARCHING it and building the concepts. 

Man is the subject, object and the cause of architecture. He perceives and conceives architecture in relation to his experience of himself with the surrounding world. Through art of design, he alters and moulds the elements of natural environment. The world comprises of five basic elements, also known as the Paanchbhootas. They are Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. Out of the nine planets, our planet has life because of the presence of these five elements. Earth and Water have limited and localized availability for the human habitat and growth. They form apparent and fundamental choice makers in the location and the physical form of architecture and habitat. Sun, Air and Space are universally available and can be moulded to human needs by the act of design. In order to understand the act of design with these five elements, we shall have to take each one separately to appreciate their meaning, role, and workability in architecture. 

Vastu for plot


Shape and size of the plot: The best shapes for plots of land are square or rectangular, facing squarely on the four cardinal directions.

It is good if the plot is narrower at the entrance and wider at its rear, but the opposite is not good.
Round, 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. If 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 auspicious; do not purchase it. It is like a headless body.

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 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 peace.

The following chart shows the different shapes of plots and their suitability and effects.

Shape of the plot



Square (all corners straight and at 90°) shaped

Very auspicious, brings health,wealth and happiness.

Rectangular Shaped

Good and auspicious. Brings all round prosperity.

Circular Shaped


Good for constructing circular Shaped buildings only.

Wheel Shaped

Owner loses financial status and faces poverty.

Odd Shaped (irregular shaped)

Causes all types or problems and poverty.

Triangular Shaped

Affects progress and causes problems from government.

Bhadarshan Shaped

Not good for residence. Can be used for special type of buildings like government buildings only.

Cart Shaped

Causes wants and poverty, even imprisonment. The owner has to run here and there like a Cart.

Long bar Shaped

Not good if used for cattle shed, the cattle reared here perish.

Damru shaped (a tiny size musical damru with deep bend in the middle)

Will have very bad effect on the eye sight of inmates. Also everyone in the house will lose discretion fright judgement.

Visham Bahu (disproportionate shouldered)

Affects health, involves in mates in court litigations, drives them to poverty.

Drum or Dholak or Mirdung Shaped

Will cause loss of wife and other female members of the family

Hand-Pan Shaped

Creates loss of wealth, cattle etc. This can be corrected and used if other aspects conform to Vastu principles.

Varahan Mukhi Akaar (pig faced Shaped)

Causes death of brothers and relatives.

Turtle shaped plot

Causes to the owner and his family members imprisonment, untimely death and murders.

Window shaped plot (used for hand winnowing to separate grains from chaff)

The inmates of this plot lose mental peace and face poverty.

Bow shaped plot

Inmates of this plot face fear of theft, loot, attack by enemies etc.

Muslakar plot (long oval like plot with cut in one side)

It brings enmity and loss of friendship

Hexagon shaped plot

This is considered good if all other Vastu principles are followed. Is said to be helpful in progress of family members.

Ellipitical plot (a regular oval shaped)

Loss in many ways like money, women and respect.

Polygonal plot (Panch Mukh)

Such plot should not be inhabited before making it a rectangular plot otherwise it will bring legal litigations and false allegations.

Octagonal (Astha Kon) plot

Is auspicious and will bring all round prosperity.

Pot type plot

People who live on this plot face problems and obstacles for progress.

Simha Mukh (lion faced) like a lion’s face wider in front

Not good for residential purposes. Is very auspicious for business organisation.

Gaumukh (cow faced) like a cows face narrow in front

Auspicious provided the roads are in Southern and Westeren sides of plot.

Projections, retractions & closed/cut corners

Not all plots are square or rectangular. There are some plots with projections or extensions, missing corners. Their effects are as follows:

Projection/Retraction Shape Effects
North East projected towards as well as North Wealth and prosperity, peace of mind and plenty.
North-West projected at West Good for women organisations and politicians.
North West projected North Suffering of women, mental problems, heavy expenditure and losses in business.
South East extended at East Losses and harassment by government.
South East extended at South Health problems, litigations decline in income.
South West extended at South Misery to women folk and sickness.
South West extended at West Bad names to makes, mental problems to women, loss of wealth.
North East Mars progress and prospects. Loss of children and wealth. Mental unrest and sickness leading to all round unhappiness .
North West Disease, loss of wealth, fear of life and theft.
South East Poverty and diseases
South West Sickness of wife, mental worry and unhappiness.
North East Disastrous
South East Wealth will be destroyed and children’s progress in affected.
North West Progress of the family will be effected leading to bankrupty and mental problems.
South West Permitted without blocking the pathway.


vastu sastra

vastu sastra

Vastu tips for flats  are more or less similar as for a individual house. But in cease of flats due to the less space available and there more families to live, it is difficult to maintain vastu principles for all units.

Vastu shastra is an ancient belief which shows the directions on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings. According to vastu sastra, the world comprises ‘pancha maha bhoota’ known as the five basic elements. Our planet out of the eight planets has life because of the presence and balance of these five elements. The five elements are as Bhumi (EARTH), Jala(WATER), Vayu(AIR), Agni (FIRE), Akasha (SPACE) and there is an invisible and constant relation between all the five elements.

Check some of the following Vastu tips for flats  ideal for a healthy and happy living.

  1. Main Entrance: Entrance from north, east or north east is considered as a good sign. Entrance from south or west should be avoided because from this direction afternoon injurious infrared rays enter into your apartment. Also, large open space left around your building is advisable.
  2. Master Bedroom: The master bedroom should be in the South west corner and if the flat has more than one floor master bedroom should be on the top floor.
  3. Children’s bedroom: Its ideal to have kid’s room in north-east or the north-west direction. Try to have windows on the north wall as Sun light with infra rays never reflects through the north direction.
  4. Guest Room: Northwest direction is preferred for the guest room and also it is considered to be very auspicious for unmarried girls.
  5. Drawing room: The drawing room should be in Northwest or East direction with maximum Furnishings placed in the south and west directions. Maximum open space must be kept in south and east directions.
  6. Kitchen: Avoid kitchen in the north-east direction as it is not recommended in vastu. Kitchen should be in Southeast corner of the flat with the cook must always face east when cooking. The water taps in a kitchen must be in the Northeastern direction. Kitchen should not be adjacent to the toilets.
  7. Balconies and Windows: As per vastu guidelines apartment with north or east facing windows and balconies are ideal, as morning sunlight brings positivity into the house. South or west facing windows are not recommended in vastu as afternoon rays are not good for health.
  8. Bath Room & Toilets: Bath rooms should be in west or south with drains flow in the north-east.
  9. Puja room: Puja room should be in Northeast direction of the flat.
  10. Study Room: Study room can be in Northeast, Northwest, North, West, East corners with the study table kept in Eastern or Northern wall. Pooja room and study room kept adjacent is considered auspicious.
  11. Store Room: is preferred to be at Southern part of the building.
  12. Water storage tank: should be in the north-eastern corner as early morning sunlight with ultraviolet rays which help in water purification will hit. Use tanks which can absorb sunray and in case it is plastic tank use dark color which can easily absorb sunrays.


Some of the basic Vastu tips for flats to be kept in mind:

  1. The flat must be in square or rectangle with every room has four corners or walls.
  2. Doors should open towards the walls and should be in the north and east.
  3. Do not choose flats whose main door is facing the lift.
  4. The ideal height of the rooms is twelve to fourteen inches.
  5. The ideal gap between floor and window 3-4 feet and should have same level from the top.
  6. Look for some open space in the North or East sides of the apartment.
  7. The apartment must never fall at a dead end of a road. T-point buildings must be avoided.