House, A vaastu Guidance
All four side road are good, but other things should be as per
1. Prefer north or east facing houses.
2. More open land in north and east than south and west.
3. Boring or well or any pit should be in north-east.
4. Bhoomi Pujan to be preformed in North-East or centre or
5. South & West compound walls should be heavy and higher
than north & East compound wall.
6. Start excavation from north-west.
7. Start foundation from south-west.
8. Kitchen should be in south-east and platform should be in
9. Sink should be on left side of the platform and gas
(cooking range) should be on right side of the platform.
10. Dining room should be in the west.
11. Racks or almirahs should be in south & west direction
in all the rooms.
12. Doors of each room should be facing east.
13. Never fix a mirror on south and west wall if possible.
14. Toilets & bathrooms should be in south-east or
15. Cattleshed if any should be in north-west, away from north
16. Bedrooms should be in south and west.
17. Master bed room should be in south-west.
18. While sleeping head should be in south or west but never
19. Pooja room should be in north east. All photos or idols
should be facing east or west only.
20. All rain water should flow from south to north and west to
21. Drainage pipes should be in north or east portion of the
plot or house.
22. Slope of the plot should be south-west should be highest
and north-east should be lowest.
23. Toilet seat (W.C.) should be north-south only. It should
not be east-west.
24. Septic tank should be in central-east towards south or
central-north towards west.
25. No cellar to be made in residential construction and if it
is necessary if should be in north-east corner.
26. Out houses should not touch the compound wall of north and
27. Staircase should be in south, west or south-west but if it
is wooden than it can be anywhere even in north or east.
28. Stairs should go from north to south or east to west.
29.Stairs should always be in clock wise direction.
30. Over-head water tank should be in South-West. And if it is
in north-west, then any other higher structure to be made in
south-west. It should not touch the slab it should be above and
on four pillars.
31. Anything under ground should be in north or east.
32. Anything above ground level should be in south or
33. Porch should not touch the north or east compound
34. Big trees should not be grown in north or east. They
should be in south or west side of the house.
35. Face east of north while reading or transacting any
36. Face east while cooking, west will be allowed if there is
no alternative, but never face south while cooking.
37. Total number of windows and doors should be in even number
for each floor, but should not end in zero like 10,20,30.
38. Ventilation plays a very important role in Vaastu, good
cross-ventilation therefore is necessary.
39. Keep all the four sides of construction open, even is
smaller constructions at least two sides should be kept open,
keeping just one side open is bad as per vaastu.
40. Canals, lakes, rivers, nallah are best if they are in
north or east of the house.
41. Never put the poster of crying girl, war scene, sexy
scenes, angry man and pigeon, crow, owl or eagle, these are
42. Doors should open inside the room and not outside.
43. Doors of kitchen and bathroom should open outside was like
44. Never keep standing pose of Ganesh, Laxmi and Saraswati
whether it is a photo or idol.
45. In bed rooms, always use bed of 4 (four) legs only. Never
use box type bed because it stops the air circulation under the
bed which is also bad for health.
46. Never keep leg on leg while sleeping.
47. Never eat or drink in standing position.
Rooms And Their Positions
Which room should be constructed in which direction, if this
consideration is not kept in mind while planning a house, the
whole building may go against the principles of and it will
create lot of troubles causing harms and loss to the
owner/inmates. People are generally ignoring this fact and are
constructing house according to their choice. Architects now a
days prepare house-plans without considering the principles and
rules given by ancient Vaastu-Shastra. They keep in mind the
latest designs, imitating the designs based on foreign culture
but if the basic principles of Vaastu satisfying the five basic
materials (Panch Mahabhutas) are ignored, the house becomes the
root cause or troubles, losses and sorrows in the life of the
For example, it has become a fashion these days to construct
kitchen near the main gate. Reason for doing so is given that for
most of the time a housewife has to remain in the kitchen and it
becomes easy to her to keep a watch on the main door, and that
she can conveniently attend to any body calling at the door. How
strange and any visitor or guest should be received and
entertained by the head of the family and the guest room/drawing
room should be near the main door. Visitors come from all the
classes of society and have to be treated in different ways
depending upon their status.
Indian Vaastu Shastra divides the house into 16 parts wherein
rooms or various purpose should be constructed, keeping the
directions in mind as follows: -
Direction Room to be constructed.
South Bed room
South-west Room for Heavy weights and weapons
West Dining room
North-west Grain store
North-east Room of worship
Between East and South-east Room for churning curd
Between South and South-east Room for storage for Ghee etc.
Between South and South-west Latrine (W.C.)
Between South-West and West Study room
Between West and North-west Punishment room for expressing
sympathy or sorrow.
Between North and North-West Bed Room for young couple
Between North and North-east Medicine Room
Between East and North-East Common/Drawing Room
Besides these, there are other opinions also :
In South -West corner Clothes Room (Wardrobe)
North-west corner Cattle shed
North-east Water bodies-tank, well etc.
As far as possible, various rooms should be oriented in the
house as per directions given in Vaastu-Sastra. Some of the
rooms, such as room for churning curd, store for ghee, room for
expressing sorrow, etc. may not be necessary in modern times.
These may be utilised for other purposes, In case of shortage of
space position of the rooms may be adjusted as per convenience
and necessity. But there are some rooms which must be kept in the
position suggested in Vaastu-shastra. If these are built in some
other prohibited space, it will prove inauspicious and harmful
for the inmates.
In modern times it is not feasible to build big houses having
large number of rooms as mentioned in Vaastu Sastra. Houses are
built on small plots which can not accommodate many rooms.
Therefore it is advised to construct the house in accordance with
the principles of Vaastu, in abridged form having rooms as per
necessity and convenience.
1. Bath Room: - Proper place for bath-room has been suggested
in the east direction. The mild rays of the morning sun are
beneficial for health. These rays can be received by the body
while bathing, there fore bath room in the east side is good.
There is a tradition in our culture to offer prayer (arghya) to
the rising sun, just after taking bath.
Slope of the floor of the bath room should be towards north or
east. Water should drain out on the north or east side.
2. Kitchen: - South-east corner is the place of god of fire
(Agni Dev), therefore, kitchen where fire has an important role
must be built in this corner. Kitchen should never be built in
the north-east, South-west or in the centre of north, south or
Burner (gas burner, stove, Chulha etc.) should be kept in the
south-east corner of the kitchen room, such that while cooking
the person may face towards the east. Water arrangement should be
made in the north-east corner. Shelves for keeping raw
commodities, utensils etc. should be kept on the south or west
3. Bed Room: - Main bed-room for the head of the family should
be in the south- south-west direction. Bed-room for unmarried
children can be built on the east side and for unmarried youths
or for guests, the bed room in north-west is good. For young
couples the bed room should be in north. Bed room should never be
made in the north-east corner. Bed room of the head of family
should be larger than that for other members of the family.
Bed should not be placed in a corner or in the centre of the
room. Also it should not be placed touching the walls. It should
be placed in the east or south portion of the room in such a
manner that head of the person while sleeping remains towards
south and feet towards north, one should never sleep with head
4. Room for weapons: - In the South-West corner, a room for
weapons has been mentioned in Vaastu Sastra. In past years such a
room as necessary in the palaces or house of the rulers and land
lords. In modern times, this room may be used as a store of heavy
articles, tools and kits or keeping such articles which are of
seldom use, or as a store of unserviceable waste articles. Also
it may be used as bed room of elderly persons in the family.
5. Dining Room: - Best place for dining room is in the west.
Now a days, dining room is adjusted with the kitchen or drawing
room. In that case this room may be used for other purposes.
Dining table should be arranged in the South-west or
north-west portion of the room. Water arrangement should be in
the north-east corner and fridge etc. (electrical appliances, if
any) should be kept in south-east corner. Persons should face
towards east or north while taking meals
6. Grain Store or Cattle Shed: - On the north-west corner a
store for grains should be built. In olden times it was a
necessity. In modern times also, generally people purchase grains
required for the whole year which has to be stored properly.
Those who live in rural areas and are shed is also required for
those families which keep cows, buffalo etc. North-west corner is
suitable for the purpose. If not needed the room may be used as
guest room or bed room.
7. Treasury: - In the north a room should be built for keeping
valuables such as jewellery, ornaments, cash, costly utensils,
etc. This is the place of Kuber the god of wealth and prosperity.
Therefore this is the best place for treasury room. Cash box or
safe (almirah) should be placed in this room along the south
wall, such that it opens towards the north and the man while
opening it faces towards south.
8. Pooja Room: - North-east corner is governed by Eeshwar;
Pooja room should be built in this corner. This corner should not
be used for bed room, kitchen or any other room, and no other
articles should be placed in the pooja room. Cleanliness must be
maintained around it. One should sit facing north or east while
worshipping. Idols or pictures of the deities should be placed on
a high platform built on four legs (sinhasan) or a cup-board in
the wall in the north or east side.
There should not be any toilet or kitchen above, below or
adjacent to the pooja room.
9. Room for Churning Curd: - In olden days, when every family
used to keep cattle cow, buffalo etc., it was necessary to have a
place for storing milk, curd etc. and urban areas such room is
not required in modern times, as such the place may be adjusted
with other rooms. Place between east and south-east is suitable
for such room.
10. Store for Ghee : - A room between the south and south-east
can be built, if necessary, for storage of ghee, edible oil etc.
If not needed, it may be adjusted with the kitchen or the bed
11. Toilet : - The place between south and south west is
suggested for toilet. It can also be built in the north-west. In
urban areas, there is a trend now a days to build toilets and
baths attached to bed rooms. It is better to keep the bath and
latrine separate. Attached bath-lat should be provided towards
the north or west of the room.
Seat in the latrine should be fixed such that a person may sit
facing north or south. Floor of the toilet room should have slope
towards north-east corner of the room and the outlet for waste
water should be towards north, east or north-east.
12. Study Room: - The best place for study room is between
west and south-west. The person should sit facing north or east
while studying. The study table should not be placed touching the
walls; it is inauspicious. Book-shelf should be placed along the
north-east corner only. A small idol or picture of the favourite
god a goddess may be kept in the north-east portion at a
13. Room for expressing sorrow or punishment: - A room was
felt necessary in the house where at the time of some causalty,
people may sit together to express grief or sympathy, or to be
used as a punishment room If space does not permit, such room is
not very necessary now a days. However, the room may be provided
between west and north-west . It may be used as a bed room or
toilet as well.
14. Rati Kaksha or Bed-room for young couple: - In the space
between north and north west a bed room can be provided which is
specially suitable for the newly wedded young couples .
Arrangements in this room should be same given for other bed
15. Medicine room: - Between north and north-east a room may
be provided for keeping medicines and for keeping ill persons.
Morning sun rays and fresh nourishing air form the north help in
empowering the medicines and early recovery of the patients. The
space can be adjusted with other room if the separate room for
medicines is not required.
16. Common Room: - A common room should be provided in the
space between east and north-east which can be used for
entertaining the visitors and guests, or as a place where all the
members of the family can sit together. It can also be used as a
bed room for unmarried children. It can be use as a store room
for common articles.
While constructing a room it should be kept in mind that every
room gets proper light. Electricity is the main source of energy
these days. Main switch board and meter etc. should be fixed in
the south-east portion of the building. In every room, switch
board should be provided on the right hand side (While entering).
It is not auspicious to provide switch board on the left or
centre of the wall.
A building or temple where sun rays and fresh air do not reach
is not auspicious and beneficial. As far as possible each room in
the house should be so planned that it receives proper sun rays
and maintains proper flow or air. In modern times, many huge
buildings are built such that not only the sun is not visible
from inside but it does not receive even traces of sun light.
Flies, mosquitoes, germs may, of course, enter it without any
check. Electric lighting has replaced sun light and fans, coolers
etc. are used to maintain flow of air artificially. The
un-natural arrangement is harmful to health and produces adverse
effects on the eyes, lungs and heart. Soon the inmates have to
suffer from respiratory troubles and diseases or eyes. They have
to consult the doctors again and again, and have to take
medicines regularly and use spectacles.
Therefore it is necessary to keep the importance of proper
circulation of air and light in mind for the healthy and long
life of the inmates and the house itself. There are traditions in
our country of worshipping the rising sun. Ancient scriptures
have mentioned methods of curing several diseases, like anaemia,
impurity of blood, dyspepsia, etc. with the help of sun rays and
passing the sun rays through water filled in glass bottles of
different colours. Exposure of the body to mild sun rays also
cures many diseases. Modern architects generally ignore this fact
in an attempt to earn more money by utilising maximum space.
Sunlight and natural air are very much necessary for the
durability of the house and health of the inmates. This should be
kept in mind. Proper ventilation and exhaust fans must be
provided in proper directions.
This research article is submitted by
Guruji Dr. K. Venkatesan, BE, MTech, EdD, PhD, DDiv
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