Vastu Shanti Patha

Abridged Vastushanti rite

संक्षिप्त वास्तु-शान्ति प्रयोगः

Given below is a short and abridged version of Vastushanti rite which can be performed by anyone without much difficulty. The said procedure is compiled from the works of Bharatratna MM Dr P V Kane et al. The elaborate rite which is performed today is elucidated in the Baudhaayana Gruhyashesha-sutra (1-18) However, the rite which appears in the Ashvaalayana Gruhyassutra is brief and should suffice the members of the modern society.

It is important to understand the meaning of the Sanskrit word shanti especially since in most modern Indian languages the word is used in a manner which is similar in meaning with the English word peace, tranquility or repose. The original Sanskrit word comes from a Sanskrit verb root or dhaatu sham which belongs to the 4th & 9th class. The verb sham means to stop, to kill, or occasionally to placate. This should suffice for the current discussion though detailed discussion on the use of the word sham with yoh in Rigveda is available.


The rite is been best defined in the 17th Century treatise shaantimayukha It defines the rite as follows:


paapaaprayojakam vaidham karma shaantikam |

xayaadiharadaanaadaavatiprasa~Ngam vaarayatum naidaanikaantam| .

aamuSmikaaniSTanivartakam vaarayitumaihiketi .

praayashcittam vaarayatum maatrapadam |

prayashcittam tu aamuSmikaaniSTanivartakapi |

abhicaarapratyabhicaarau vaarayatum paapaaprayojakamiti |

tayoH phalato hiMsaatvena tadanuSThaane praayashcittokteshca

paapaprayojakatvaat |


पापाप्रयोजकम वैधम कर्म शान्तिकम .

क्षहयादिहरदानादावतिप्रसङ्गम वारयतुम

नैदानिकान्तम . आमुष्मिकानिष्टनिवर्तकम वारयितुमैहिकेति.

प्रायश्चित्तम वारयतुम मात्रपदम . प्रयश्चित्तम

तु आमुष्मिकानिष्टनिवर्तकपि . अभिचारप्रत्यभिचारौ

वारयतुम पापाप्रयोजकमिति .

तयोः फलतो हिंसात्वेन तदनुष्ठाने

प्रायश्चित्तोक्तेश्च पापप्रयोजकत्वात .


in short the above definition means that shanti rite is that rite which is accepted by the dharma Shastra (shaastrasamata) which removes the evil effect of the sinfulness which is not clear , its effects are restricted to the earthly world only and performance of the rite does not amount to sin. The definition is important since it clarifies three points

1. It speaks of the sin which is not known. Here the distinction is made between unclear or unknown sin and the sin which is committed inadvertently. For the latter prayashcitta or the punishment given by the Crown is only method of purification. The above definition therefore clarifies that 'shanti' is not an alternative to prayashcitta or punishment ordered by the crown for a known sin.

2. By limiting the effects of the shanti to earthly world the definition distinguishes shanti rite from yajna and states that it is not an alternative to yajna

3. Lastly it distinguishes the rite from the black magic or magic spells by saying that the performance of the shanti rite dos not amount to further sin.

Time for performance

According to scriptures (ref :Nirnaya-sindhu) Vastushanti can be performed on any day of the brighter fortnight (shukla/shuddha paxa) of any lunar month and is usually performed on an auspicious Nakshatra like pushya, chitra, hasta etc. (most Indian almanacs indicate these auspicious nakshatras ).

Removal of Vaastu Dosha (DEFECTS)

Let us see some of the remedies to remove Vaastu Dosh (defects) which actually is there in the premises of one's residential places or one's business place.

  • Ganesh pooja, Navagrah Shanti pooja of Vaastu purush.

  • Navachandi Yagya, Shantipath, agnihotra yagya.

  • Vaastu purush idol, Nag (snake) made of silver, copper wire, pearl and powla all these items to be put in a red cloth with red earth and keep that in East direction.

  • Red sand cashew nut, Powla in red cloth - keep that in West direction on Tuesday and worshiping that with seemed incense will bring peace in house.

  • Old buildings should be demolished after permission of Vaastu Purush by a proper prayer.

  • During demolition a earthen pot, water, or seat etc should not be taken home.

  • Daily worship the entrance step - worship with Swastik - Design of Earthenware Pot., Shubh-Labh etc. with Rice and Kumkum. Do not enter the house putting your entrance step.

  • Rakhshoghna Sukta jaap, Homa and anusthan should be done.

  • Recite this mantra 12500 times - starting from Tuesday - minimum 108 times daily till 12500 are over Om Namo Bhagvati Vaastu Devtay Namah - Do Dasamsa Home in the end.

  • Prayers to Vaastu Purush.

  • If South-West is cut or there is uneasiness in the family, do PitruShanti, Pindadan, Nagabali, Narayan Bali etc.

  • Do Rudri - On every Monday and every Amavasya day.

  • Keep photo or idol of Ganpati in house.

  • Pooja Room is very essential in every home.

  • Do not perform Griha Pravesh without doing Navagraha Shanti.

  • The house which is vacant since some years should be taken in use after doing Vaastu Shanti. After doing Vaastu Shanti do not keep that house empty for more than 3 months.

  • Never keep underground cellar empty.

  • Do not keep South-West room vacant.

  • Light a lamp daily evening near water pot in the house.

  • Perform Grah Shanti every year because we do many sinful things in our life.

The rite

The performer of Vastushanti fasts the night before the performance of shanti. He then places an article of gold in a vessel containing water along with little rice and barley (java) and leaves it standing through the night.

The morning after, he takes ceremonial head bath (snana) at sunrise before beginning the rite. After the bath performer first does achamana then recites Gayatri mantra ten times to prepare himself for performance of the rite.

He then picks up a copper vessel (kalash) full of water, touches it to his forehead and recites the following sankalpa (resolution).



We recommend you to read our articles on Vastu Purush Mandal to gain more knowledge.
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