VAASTU IS A SCIENCE AN ART OF LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE NATURE. IT IS
BASED ON RESEARCHES, INSTRUMENTS AND DATABASE CASE STUDIES
Vastu is the scientific study of directions, which aims at utilizing the
natural energies for the benefit of humans, by creating a balance
between man and material. As a science, it extracts the positive energy
from the natural elements of the universe - the panchbhootas, namely,
earth, water, air, sun and sky. It all these five elements, for creating
a congenial setting or a place to live or work in, in most the
scientific way, exploiting the benefits bestowed by the five basic
elements. Vaastu is a science of balancing building with the laws of
nature. A Vaastu friendly or nature friendly building is perfectly
balanced with nature. Vaastu is known as Sthapatya Veda or the Science
of architecture. In the ancient period, Vaastu and architecture were
one. Vaastu is in fact an architectural science which focuses on
designing building considering the latitude, longitude and altitude of
the place, climatology, land, location, subtle energies around and
psychology of occupants. In other words Vaastu can also be described as
- collection of experiences and expertise of thousand of years of our
ancestors on the relationship between building, nature and their
Vastu A scientific study of a building can only be done if it
is studied in totality. The three factors which need to be taken
into consideration are
Building It includes the structure, openings, location, size,
shape, internal layout and environment etc. A complete internal and
external study of the dwellings is important.
Human beings Human beings refer to the occupants of the
building.The attitude, behavior and personality of the occupants
play an important role in customized solutions.In This way we also
take help of Birth Chart.
Environment Environment refers to both internal and external
environment. The external environment includes the surrounding,
aggressions, Climatology, cosmic and geo energies etc. The internal
environment comprises of indoor air, electromagnetic field, multiple
chemical sensitivity, colour scheme, materials and furniture etc.
The relationship between internal and external environment should
also be clearly understood to strike a perfect balance.There are
lots of benefits easily possible through Scientific Vaastu. Sound
sleep, efficiency, comfort level, relaxation, concentration, mental
stability, strong immune system, better energy levels, fresh active
feel and improved relationships are some of them.
HOW VASTU WORKS
RESPONSE TO BUILT SPACE
In Vaastu, three principles of design cover the entire field of design,
be it a building, craft item or article of daily use.
Bhogadyam (suitable for the purpose)
The designed product must be
useful, lend itself to easy application. For example, a house must have
ample space for storage of articles and facilities for cleaning. A
vessel must be designed in such a way as to hold water and allow for
pouring out without leaking or dripping.
Sukha Darsham (pleasing to the eye)
The designed product must be
aesthetically pleasing. The proportions of the spaces and material shape
should affect the viewer in a positive manner. This principle covers the
exterior as well as the interior of a building. Ornamentation and color
is just one aspect of aesthetics. The proportions of windows and doors,
the size of rooms, the rhythm of projections and depressions play a
critical role in creating the aesthetics of form.
Ramya (should provide sense of well being)
The designed product must
be capable of evoking a feeling of well-being and contentment in its
user. The measurements employed in the design, considered to be sacred
measures, are juxtaposed in such a way as to create harmony in all those
who occupy the space or use the object. We can say that a built form
creates a sympathetic vibration in the occupant. To calculate the
proportions in such a way as to enhance the positive response in the
viewer or occupant is the strength of the traditional design.
FORM AND CENTRE
In Vaastu there are multiple ways in which the designer and occupant can
create a space for experience. Within the manifested form many centers
(foci) must be established in a space meant for many people. But if the
space has a specific activity, then gathering all energies in a single
center proves to be very powerful. The latter would be suitable for a
place of learning, worship, manufacture and research. But in a home, a
hostel, or neighborhood, several centers, or shifting centers is most
inspiring and motivating. These gathering spaces should be filled with
herbs, healing plants and sacred water.
Contemporary application: The classical mention of this concept has only
a few variations:
A square or circle for the cooking and eating zone.
A square or rectangle for the preparation and storage of food and
A square or rectangle for sleeping, washing, bathing and resting.
A square, rectangle or octagon for studying, recording, mind expansion
A simple house can be made unique by adding ornamental elements using
readily available material from one's own environment like white clay
and glass pieces. This creates a personalized aesthetic experience. Even
in an urban situation it is possible for the users/occupants to add a
distinctive touch to their buildings by getting involved in the actual
design and execution of the building. This 'personal touch' gives a
special aura to the building that can never be replaced by professional
art work, however tasteful.
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND SYMBOLS
The lotus is a significant symbol for explaining form and aesthetics in
the Indian tradition. Take the example of a pond filled with water,
after the rains, with perfect lotus blooms among the floating green
leaves. The pond is like a jewel, shimmering and perfect. This same form
becomes totally different when the water has dried and the lotus lies
above the squelching mud. It is not possible to call one 'better' than
the other; the entire process of unfolding from one form into another is
perfectly balanced within and without.
The built form too can perhaps be like this - in relationship, in form,
in the way the order is inwardly and outwardly expressed. In every stage
of expression and evolution of a home there are multiple forms that can
be achieved. Some of the associations and connections between nature and
concepts for building are:
In the contemporary social system, it is important to review the need
for the symbolic connection between people, their natural environment
and the vast repository of human collective wisdom. Therefore, symbols
and meaning of built forms need to be explored by designers.
Some contemporary vaastu consultants advise the removal of full-grown
trees and plants on the ground of negative effects. This caution is
based on the following:
The roots and their disruptive effect on the foundation of the building
The danger of branches of large trees located near buildings falling on
it in a storm.
The impact of the fragrance of a plant or flower on the people
inhabiting the space.
The nature of animals and birds that naturally inhabit the flora, and
their effect on human occupants. For instance, certain trees attract
snakes, scorpions, monkeys, and other such creatures which may not be
suitable for the ordinary household.
Shapes and forms of habitats in nature
The natural habitat of living
creatures, such as nests, tortoise shells, snail shells and bee hives
are closely connected to the shape and form of the creature that
inhabits it. The habitat is also designed in co-ordination with the
Geographical directions play a very significant part in the design of
individual buildings and group housing. Many mythological stories speak
of the hero walking to the east to find a teacher, running to the south
to confront death, setting off toward the west in search of adventure,
or walking to the north to become a healer. The physical environment
affects human inhabitants in a direct manner. Energies that exist in the
environment, and within us create physical changes which operate
subliminally. The influence of these subtle energy patterns is not felt
immediately but has far-reaching effects on the physical and spiritual
Any given physical space can be perceived in its connection with primary
energies. The eight directions, the heavens and the earth are considered
significant influences on growth and prosperity.
Mandala or Mandalam
The mandala is a representation of the cosmos
through geometric forms whereby the living space is laid out in a
variety of patterns. The outer circle (or square) of the mandala holds
the gatekeepers, the inner the formless energies. This movement inward
is a re-entry and rediscovery of the true spirit, and the outward
movement a constant quest into the interface and relationship with the
When a person has to take up a fixed location in a space, it is
important that the relationship between the person and location should
be established. There are times when the specific configuration would be
at its peak, and times when it would be low. Therefore, when a person is
placed in a particular location with a deep understanding of roles and
identities and his/her relationship with the place, he/she is deeply
energized. There are some locations which are innocuous, neutral, which
would suit one and all and add or remove nothing.
The direction a building faces, the configuration of movement, and the
location of facilities can create infinite patterns for people to
SHAPES AND COLOUR
The shapes that are most experimented with are the square, triangle,
polygon, rectangle, circle, ellipse, oval and the free form.
Traditionally, these forms have been analysed according to their
suitability for human use. Some lend themselves better to physical use
than others, some create spiritual well-being, others add to the energy
levels and so on.
There is no good or bad shape, only different levels of usefulness and
comfort. For each of these shapes, ayadi or beneficial measure
calculation can be made, and specific patterns of interactions built up
based on the pattern of the interior. The choice of shape would affect
the management style, lifestyle and activity patterns.
Traditionally, there were only five colours (panchavarna), namely red,
yellow, green, blue, white. Black was also used, but only to enhance the
other colours. Shades of colours were not used until recently. The
traditional colours were made of natural materials and possessed certain
properties that were intrinsic to the material. Therefore, when these
colours are being made artificially today, the characteristics have to
Relevance of Vastu
Relevance of Vaastu Vaastu is being increasingly used as a tool to
analyze the role of a building in the health and fortunes of its
inhabitants. The scientific basis of vaastu, in terms of energy is
understood now than ever before.
Some traditional techniques for creating well being in the build space
I. The central courtyard:
The central court coincides with the resting Vaastu purusha’s central
body composed of lung, heart and stomach. Physically this part (of the
building) offers the heart nexus or feeling center, the lung or praana
center, the stomach or digestive center, and the nabhi or creative
II. The central Energy Axis:
The central axis known as the brahma sutra runs through every building.
Psychologically, this axis which is known as ‘vamsa modam’ or backbone,
is considered to be the core of the building and hence of importance in
the health of the occupants.
III. The top Ventilator or Hot Air Vent:
The chimney, the top ventilator, are physical representation of the
vertical movement of the standing purusha, which is also the axis of the
‘praana’(life force). These slits helped in the natural movement of air
within the rooms of a house.
IV. Rear garden:
In the rear is usually located a small garden with space available for
animals. The private garden is the buildings connection with nature. In
modern flats, this would be replaced by a sit out or terrace with potted
plants. The relationship between the garden and nature is a great energy
resource for its occupants.
V. Rain water catchments:
The garden is sloped and its base built a brick lined depression for
rainwater to collect in. it is especially beneficial for hot, dry areas.
VI. Combining waste- water channels with a vegetable garden:
To prevent different water from harming potable water in wells simple
channels are made so that they can be used for vegetable patches.
VII. Mud walls, Lime wash, Earth Red, low-dung, Thatch:
Festivals, holy days and seasons have been systematically demarcated for
the application of lime, cow- dung and earth, red on the walls or floor
as part of a ritual. Besides marking a special occasion they also help
in containing white ants and rodents. Spring-cleaning is not just
cleaning, but also an occasion to get rid of the negative energy.
VIII. Medicinal plants and herbs:
Every traditional house recommended the planting of herbs and medicinal
plants (trees) as also flowers for ‘puja’. These plants with their
healing power and fragrance add positive energies to the environment.
IX. Periodic fumigation of house:
Different kinds of incenses, herbs, minerals and plants are used for
cleansing the air in a house. Periodic use of different herbs, neem
leaves,” sambrani” incense and firewood smoke help in getting rid of
mosquitoes, bacteria, micro-organisms as well as removing negative
X. Importance of doors:
The entrance of a house is one of the most powerful points. It connects
the activity-based identity of the individual with his inner self,
denoted by the private spaces within. Traditionally, the door would be
scaled and designed for each family and would hence be unique.
XI. Verandahs as buffers and connectors:
In the lifestyle of the families, the outer verandah not only played the
part of the dust and heat collector, but also helped in the social
interaction of the family. Vaastu, which combines the rigor and
discipline of design with the traditional perspective toward individual
comfort and community linkage, is certainly relevant in a world where
isolation has become commonplace.
Modern research has proved that the ancient science Vaastu has a firm
scientific basis. As modern science developed it began to probe to the
deeper levels of Natural Law. At each level, scientists found
progressively greater intelligence and power.
In the last decade, modern physics explored the deepest level of all the
Unified Field of Natural Law. The intelligence at this level of Natural
Law is the source of all the forms, and phenomena in nature. The
architecture of everything in nature is finally designed from here.
The Natural Law has for the first time provided a building technology
that will transform the way people think and feel – homes and offices by
their mere design create good health, clear thinking, happiness,
harmony, and prosperity for the family or business. According to vaastu
a southern entrance is inauspicious and interferes with the support of
Natural Law and brings negative influences to the inhabitants of the
Accordingly, there is an ideal place for the living room, the kitchen,
the dining rooms, and the bedrooms. It is important to place each room
in the house in the proper location according to its function, so that
one does not become sleepy in the dining room or hungry in the study.
This is one of the many factors that are considered to ensure that every
aspect of daily activity is in harmony with Natural Law.
Just as every part of the human body is properly placed and precisely
proportioned; there is an ideal proportion for every room in the home
and office for Natural Law to provide maximum support.
Latest research in neuro science has shed light on the fact that our
Cosmic Counterparts – the sun, moon, and the planets – have a one-to-one
relationship to the different parts of the brain: basil ganglia,
thalamus and hypothalamus. This natural tendency to align with the
cosmos has led to the concept of orienting buildings towards the east to
gain the full support of the rising sun.
Moon & Sun Regions
Draw a diagonal line to connect the north-western and the south-eastern
corners of your plot. Now it has two triangles - one in north-east and
another in south-west.
The north-eastern triangle is known as the Sun region, while the one is
south-west is known as the Moon region. Construction is the Sun region
should be light while in the Moon region, it should be heavy, so that
the Moon region could have more weight.
Thickness of the walls also should be less in the Sun region than those
in the Moon region. The sun is rather mild in the morning, so the thin
walls in the north and the east will allow the house to harness its
goodness fully. But as the day progresses, the sun intensifies. From
noon till evening, the sun is most intense. So the thick walls in the
south and the west protect the inmates from the harmful effects of the
intense sun all throughout afternoon session