Research File: Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra is an ancient tradition which aims to eliminate negative energies and enhance positive energies, so that a individual person, family or business become prosperous and progressive. It aims to harmonise buildings and keep them in tune with mother-nature, so that the human inhabiting the building lives a well balanced and happy life. However over the centuries the idea of Vastu Shastra has said to have received less attention, with todays society having less knowledge on the topic. I first came across the idea when searching for the meanings behind the decorate archways, doorways and window frames that I saw whilst I’ve been in India. I also noticed that a lot of the same motifs were being used across the cities we visited and is a topic that I have wanted to explore. Below I will look into the idea of Vastu Shastra and where it began, as well as the positives and negatives of following the theory.

How did it originate?

It’s believe that ‘Lord Brahma’ created the universe and then created Man. Man then became too strong with enormous powers to grow. Both gods Shiva and Vishnu became tired of this and got Lord Brahma, who then requested the gods of eight directions Astha Dikapalakas to come and help him contain Man. They then all pinned the man down who was confused as he had been created by Lord Brahma. Brahma decided to man the man immortal and said that all mortal people building any sort of structure on earth would then worship him. Β Vastu Shastra started in ancient India, when people believed that the house is a living organism, so treated the construction of a building as a sacred ceremony. They believe the spirit dwelling in the house is Vastu Purusha. The story is very in-depth with about 45 gods being involved however it’s the principles and means thats I am most interested in.

When Vastu Shastra is not used:

When the Vastu Shastra principles are not used it says it could lead to the people working or inhabiting the building, losing money, physical illness and in some cases untimely death of the inhabiting to near/dear ones.

When Vastu Shastra is followed:

If all of the principles are followed of Vastu, it is thought that all divine powers will help and support, positive thinking and progressive actions.

Motifs to be used on the main door:

  • Motifs of serpents, giants, owl, wild animals, elephants, daityas, nudes, fight between God and demons, hunting, house on fire, trees devoid of flowers should not be placed on the main door.
  • Nowadays people in their over enthusiasm to decorate the house use figures of Gods like Krishna, Ganesh, Vishnu etc. and also many other prohibited motifs.

Things not to be displayed in the home:

  • The pictures, painting or models of the animals like pigs, snake and birds like eagle, owl, crow, pigeons, vultures should not be placed in a house.
  • All pictures or wooden or metal figures of wild beasts like tigers, lions, wolves, bears, jackals, and wild asses, hounds etc. should be avoided.
  • The heavy furniture should be placed in the SouthWest side of the room and the light furniture can accommodate in any corner.
  • Symbols like Swastik, Om, Rangoli decorations stop the entry of evil spirits and evil influences in the house.
  • The photographs of the ancestors should be placed on the southWestern side of the house.
  • The clock should be placed on the Eastern, Western or Northern wall.

Whatever is exhibited should be pleasing to the eyes and mind bringing joy and cheer to those who view them; aesthetic and cultural aspects also should be borne in mind, while selecting decorative pieces or paintings and pictures and placing them in our home.



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