The decision by University Grants Commission to introduce Vaastu as subject at degree/post graduate level, gives scope to unearth the unknown secrets of the ancient subject used by ancient Indian architects in building huge edifices standing and being preserved even today as monuments. We salute UGC. Unfortunately our great rationalists are at forefront to oppose.
Vaastu is a science of engineering of those days dealing with materials and land, method of construction, principles to be followed, and many other aspects of engineering and architecture. A scientist always takes from ancient writings that important matter and substance and some times ignore the adjectives and other poetic phrases. So also in Vaastu the useful and important matter shall be taken for the guidance and use in modern structures. Instead our rationalists want to reject lock, stock and barrel, which by itself is irrational. These rejecters of Vaastu heard a bit of superficial superstitious words about Vaastu and conclude that entire Vaastu is superstition and should be rejected in Toto. First they must read what is told in Vaastu, the standard works, and then come to a conclusion.
Vaastu is written by many ancient scholars under the names such as Maya Vaastu, Maanasara in 7 volumes, Viswakarma Vaastu, Brihat Samhita , Samarangana Sutradhara, Vaastu Ratnakara, etc. and some of them are available translated into English. The Vaastu is divided in to three main parts/groups dealing with 1. Griha Vaastu -towns,villages and buildings 2. Sayana Vaastu- Furniture, tools and utensils and 3. Yaana Vaastu- Vehicles and carts.
In Griha Vaastu it is dealt in detail as to how the town/village is to be designed, how much land to be taken for developing town/village, how the roads shall be laid, their directions, individual houses, courts, theatres, guesthouses, temples, palaces, armory,
Administrative buildings, ministerial houses, court rooms etc. in the construction what size of brick or stone is to be used, what should be the size of rooms and for such rooms/halls what should be the height and thickness of walls, the ratio between them, how and what type of roof is to be laid, where the entrances shall be for different uses, what type of materials such as wood etc to be used, when the wood is to be cut, whether two types of wood can be joined for one purpose and so on so forth.
Sayana Vaastu deals with the furniture such as king's throne, cots, chairs, and tables, boxes for holding material, jewels, and clothes, and many other needed things of day to day by ordinary man, by king, by VIPs etc. Even in the furniture what are measurements for different purposes, what type of wood or metal shall be used, when the wood is to be cut, what type tree is to be selected, a tree with lot of bird nests to be avoided as there is a possibility of white ants eating tree inside, also an environmentalist point of view, and many other considerations.
Yaana Vaastu deals with chariots for king, war lords, carts for common man, farmer and their design, strength, materials to be used and all and sundry connected to their building.
While this all the matter the Vaastu contains, our rationalist without going through the standard books and with only hearsay of small bits of superstition, the great Indian rationalist wants to condemn the Vaastu calling it a mad dog. A foreigner is better at least he wants to read and see what is told in it and make a research and use what good is told in those ancient books.
One can condemn where Vaastu is wrongly interpreted or wrongly used. It cannot be called wise or rationalism if any body wants to throw everything into dustbin. To make it palatable to rationalists, first the name should be changed and an English word be given instead of Vaastu. If any body argues irrationally in the name of rationalism, the society throws such irrational rationalist into a dustbin and one should be wise enough not to encounter such situation.
IS VASTU A SCIENCE OR DOGMA?
Some people say that they do not believe in Vastu and
hence they do not follow it. It does mean that they do
not know what Vastu is and how helpful it is.
WHAT DOES VASTU MEAN?
Vastu means a livable place or the materials. Earth is
source for all the materials including the materials for
construction of a house such as timber, stone, sand,
metals etc., And also vastu deals with chariots,
vehicles, boats, cots, chairs, tables,cupboards and the
like. The vastu sastra tells how these are to be made in
what shapes and in what measurements. Vastu sastra
includes Civil Engineering, Architecture, Arts and
Crafts. A plan is needed prior to construction of a
house. The Vastu sastra tells which should be where in
the plan. When that is the case, no body can say that
vastu is Dogma.It is meaningless to say that one doesn't
follow vastu, may be in a different name the principles
IF VASTU IS A SCIENCE, HOW DIFFERENT ADVISES ARE COMING
FORTH FROM DIFFERENT PUNDITS? AND IN SOME CASES
For every science some standard books are there. So is
the case with vastu. The fundamental principles of vastu
are the same. However some pundits of the recent days
with half-read or un-read knowledge are publicising
their own writings as vastu sastra and creating
confusion among the people.
WHICH ARE THE AUTHENTIC BOOKS?
Manasaram, Viswa karma prakasika, Brihat samhita,
Samaranga sutradharam, Aparajita purtcha vastu vidya,
Silpa ratna, Maya vastu, Viswa karma vastu etc., are the
standard works on vastu.
ARE THERE COLLEGES THAT TEACH VAST SASTRA?
Telugu University of Hyderabad has courses on vastu such
as Post graduate course on Jyothirvastu, Certificate
Diploma courses in Astrology, Vastu course in M.A.
Telugu University, basing on the standard works have
published their text books and lessons for their
WHAT IS THE USE WITH VASTU?
The influence of five elements, Earth, Water, Air,
Light and Space, is great on human life. Similarly they
are equally important in house construction. The vastu
sastra tells the criteria in selecting a plot of land,
the comforts and connivances to be incorporated in the
plan and what care to be taken and what should be
avoided for comfortable and peaceful living. The shape
of the plot, the nature of the soil, influence of
environs, flow direction of water, area of the house,
construction of rooms for healthy and peaceful living,
fixing up the four directions to the house, the beauty
of the house as well the retention of the beauty of the
houses in the row, the main entrance, main gate of the
compound wall etc., are the important factors that are
guided by vastu principles. It also says the favourable
directions of the house for different people.
IS IT CORRECT THAT PLOTS WITH SOUTH AND WEST ROADS ARE
In any village or town roads and houses will be there in
all four directions. All are good. No standard work on
vastu did say that south and west roads to a plot are
bad. The pseudo vast pundits created that myth. Even
with common sense that village or town will have beauty
when houses are there in all the four directions. The
standard works say as to how a house is to be built
according to its directions. In this science directions
and corners have great importance and if they are wanted
it is called `DIGMOODHAM' and is a `DOSHA' a defect.
WHAT IS DIGMOODHAM - HOW A PLOT WILL BE LACKING
If we see with compass from the middle of a plot of
land, four directions shall be to the four sides of the
plot. The roads should not run to the four corner
directions (Eesanyam- North-East, Aagneyam -South-East,
Neiruti - South - West, Vayuvyam North-West). If roads
run through corner directions the four directions south,
north, east, west will be towards the corners of the
plot. The plot of the land shall be square or rectangle
and it should not be triangular, circular and other such
odd shapes. If the corners of the plot extends it is
IS IT CORRECT THE SAYING THAT EXTENDING OF NORTH-EAST IS
It is wrong to say that extending corner of North-East
is good. This is also a creation of pseudo vastu
pundits. If North-East extends the plot will be out of
shape. What is told is that North-East extending by the
size of a blackgram is auspicious. No corner should
extend to make the plot out of shape.
SHOULD WE CONSTRUCT A HOUSE IN A PLOT WITH EXTENDED
No. It should not be constructed. If the plot is
extended in corners such part of the plot shall be left
out so as to make the plot square or rectangle before
constructing a house. Such leftout areas shall be
separate from the main house and they may be used for
developing gardens, servant quarters or car garages.
IF THE ROADS RUN ON THE CORNER DIRECTIONS OF THE PLOT,
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?
If the row beauty of the houses in the road are
maintained it looks nice. In these plots East, West,
South, North directions will be to the corners of the
plot. In such cases while maintaining the row beauty the
main entrance (Simhadwara) shall be ensured facing to
any one of the directions, but shall not face to a
corner direction (north-east, south-east, south-west,
north-west). Ensuring the main entrance to any one of
the directions, plan should be prepared in 'L' shape.
Two such L shaped houses or one L shaped house shall be
constructed. In plots, where roads run along the corner
directions, it is difficult to divide the plot as per
the Vastu Padas.
WHAT IS VASTU PADA?
The length and width of the plot where you want to
construct the house shall be divided into nine parts,
and by drawing lines at those points will create 9x9=81
small squares or rectangles. These 81 squares or
rectangles are called Vastu Padas. It is also called
'Ekaseeti' pada Vastu.
WHY VASTU PADA DIVISION SHOULD BE DONE?
Vastu Pada division is essential. By doing this division
the following are the advantages:
1. We can arrive at the center pada (BrahmaSthana),
of the plot.
2.Four directions South, East, North, West can be fixed
with reference to the site.
3. It becomes easy to arrive at as to where Simhadwara
shall be fixed.
4. It is easy to arrive at the open spaces to be left.
All around equal to one Pada shall be left open i.e. 32
Padas plot shall be left open all around the house to be
5. It becomes easy to locate the points of Marma,
Upamarma, Mahamarma in the plot. The horizontal,
vertical lines and diagonal of the plot will join at
some points, and these points are known as Marmasthanas.
If these vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines are
drawn on a paper it becomes east for identifying these
points of Marmasthanas.In these Marmasthanas entrances,
windows, beams and pillars shall not be erected. If
erected the owner of the house will face many
IS IT CORRECT TO SAY THAT COMPOUND WALL SHALL NOT BE
CONSTRUCTED PRIOR TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE?
It is a wrong notion. The compound wall shall be
constructed before hand, and then only the construction
of the house shall be taken up. By doing so, the
bad influence of environment will not fall on the house
construction, as per standard works on vastu.
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONS WILL BADLY INFLUENCE?
Water tanks, wells and pits on southern, south-western,
and western sides, elevated area, hillocks or mounds on
eastern, north-eastern, and northern sides shall not be
there. No burial ground, temple, slaughter house,
pollution shall be in the close proximity of the
proposed house. These types of environs will have bad
influence on the proposed construction.
WHICH SHOULD BE THE DIRECTION FOR ENTERING INTO THE
From the compound wall gate as you enter shall go
straight to the main entrance or you can enter into the
main entrance located on the right side of the house.
This is known as Savyagamanam (clock-wise direction). It
is not correct to enter in Apasavya gamanam (anti-clock-
wise direction) or from the back side of the house. If
on the back side of the house also a road runs, and an
entrance is provided then you can enter from the back
side of the house also.
CAN SIMHADWARA-MAIN ENTRANCE BE FIXED EXACT OPPOSITE TO
THE COMPOUND WALL GATE?
Yes. It shall be like that only. However the center
point of compound wall gate and center point of
simhadwara shall not be on a perpendicular line. The
center point of simhadwara shall be slightly towards the
right side of the house.
BASING ON THE ROAD DIRECTION, IN WHICH DIRECTION
SIMHADWARA OR MAIN ENTRANCE SHALL BE FIXED?
1. If road is on eastern side, simhadwara or main
entrance shall be to the east or south but should not be
to the north.
2. If road is on southern side, simhadwara shall be
fixed to the south or west but not to the east.
3. If road is on western side the simhadwara shall be to
the west or north but not to the south.
4. If road is on northern side the simhadwara shall be
to the north or east, but not to the west.
If Simhadwara are located as above the entry will be
IS IT CORRECT TO SAY THAT THE THICKNESS AND THE HEIGHT
OF THE WALLS ON NORTHERN, NORTH-EASTERN AND EASTERN SIDE
SHALL BE LESS THAN THE OTHER SIDES?
If house is constructed as above it is against the rules
of vastu sastra. In all directions the height and
thickness of the walls shall be uniform. The present day
pseudo vastu pundits are advising that north-east shall
be lighter and south-west shall be heavier, which is
against the basic principles of vastu. Such pundits are
wrongly advising to construct the walls thicker and
higher on the south western side. By doing so the
strength of the house gets reduced and the defect will
cause suffering to the owner.
SHOULD THE STAIR CASE NOT BE ON THE NORTH-EASTERN
If anybody advises that the steps and stair case should
not be on the north-eastern side, it is their own
opinion but not the vastu rule. This is also a wrong
advise of pseudo pundits. Vastu rules does not restrict
the location of stair case.
SHOULD THE STAIR CASE BE LOCATED SO AS TO CLIMBUP ON
SOUTH AND WEST DIRECTIONS AND CLIMB DOWN TOWARDS NORTH
This advise is also of modern pseudo pundits and hence
need not be followed. Which ever direction is convenient
that can be chosen for stair case. However such
construction shall not be odd in the appearance and
inconvenient to the people living there.
IS IT CORRECT TO CONSTRUCT A HOUSE ON TO THE SOUTHERN
COMPOUND WALL WITHOUT LEAVING ANY OPEN SPACE ON SOUTHERN
It is a major defect. If the house constructed without
leaving open space on southern side or on south-west or
on western side, as being advised by modern pundits, it
becomes a major defect (dosha) as per vastu rules.