Vastu and Directions – General Tips

  • East: Located at the Right shoulder of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is King of Gods (Indra). Ruling planet of this direction is Venus and related chakra is Throat Chakra. This is the place for the dining hall, open spaces, meditation room. Avoid toilets, kid’s room in this direction. Use warm colors like orange and yellow in this direction.
  • North: Located at the shoulder of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Wealth (Kubera). Ruling planet of this direction is Jupiter and related chakras are all meridians between eyes. This is the place for entrance and treasury. Avoid toilets and fireplaces in this direction. Use light blues, indigos, purple and pale colors in this direction.
  • West: Located at the left ankle of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Water and rain (Varun). Ruling planet of this direction is Saturn and related chakra is above the abdomen. This is the place for services, toilets, and bedrooms. Avoid study rooms, meeting area and important rooms in this direction. Use peach, dull white, light green in this direction.
  • South: Located at the ankle of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Dharma and Death (Yama). Ruling planet of this direction is mars and related chakra is Muladhara chakra. This is the place for bedrooms, stones, dead stock, and grain store. Avoid living rooms in this direction. Can use any color in this direction.
  • Centre: Located at the Right arm and thigh of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Fire (Agni). Ruling planet of this direction is the moon and related chakra is Triple Heater. This is the place for kitchen, Fireplace and electrical equipment. Avoid water bodies, kid’s bedroom, young couple’s bedroom in this direction. Use warm colors like orange, red and yellow in this direction.
  • North East: Located at the heart of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Ishaanya. Ruling planet of this direction is mercury and related chakra is Vishuddha chakra. This is the place for meditation, introspection, wells, underground tank, and boring wells. Avoid heavy objects and structures, master bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and impure spaces in this direction. Use bright yellow and bright white in this direction.
  • North West: Located at arm and thighs of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Wind (Vayu). Ruling planet of this direction is Ketu and related chakra is  Swadishthan/ Anahata chakra. This is the place for office and account area. Avoid tall structures and tall trees in this direction. Use light blue and dull white in this direction.
  • South East: Located at the Right arm and thigh of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Fire (Agni). Ruling planet of this direction is the moon and related chakra is Triple Heater. This is the place for kitchen, Fireplace and electrical equipment. Avoid water bodies, kid’s bedroom, young couple’s bedroom in this direction. Use warm colors like orange, red and yellow in this direction.
  • South West: Located at the feet of Vastu Puraush, the ruling god of this direction is Demons (Nirtti). Ruling planet of this direction is Rahu and related chakra is  Muladhara chakra. This is the place for master bedrooms and store rooms. Avoid pits, wells, septic tank, toilets or bathrooms in this direction. Use all earth colors, bright red and purple in this direction.

How to select Plot/Land as per Vastu

  • While selecting a plot, observe the color of its soil, vegetation (if any), and structures around the plot. The Reddish brown soil is considered the best followed by yellowish brown. Dark, pungent smelling or clayey soil is not preferred for construction.
  • Vegetation on the plot is a good sign of fertility of the soil and would be beneficial for the buyer.
  • Square plots are ideal, followed by rectangles for residential purpose. The ratio of width and length should not be more than 1:2 in a rectangular plot.
  • The plot narrow at the front and wide at the back (Gomukhi) is also good for the residential purpose.
  • Plots having an extended NE (North-East) corner is lucky.
  • Plot facing East is good for Educationists like scholars, philosophers, priests, professors, teachers etc.
  • Plot facing North is good for those in power, administration and in government service.
  • Plot facing South is good for business class people.
  • Plot facing West is for those who provide services to the society.
  • Buying a small plot between two large should not be considered as the progress of the members residing can be retarded in such situation. Similarly,  buying a land between two high rise buildings is also not advisable.
  • The East and North facing plots are auspicious for house construction. Care should be taken while designing the house facing West and South direction.
  • A plot with roads on all sides is auspicious, plot with parallel roads is also lucky.
  • Plot with a sump in North, East or North-East is considered good. Sump in South, West or South-West should be avoided.
  • Plot with a mount in South, West or South-West is considered good. Mount in North, East or North-East should be avoided.
  • Trees of any kind should not be grown in eastern or northern, northeast directions while small plant can be grown in these directions.
  • Care should be taken while designing that the shadow of any tree should not fall on the house.
  • At the time of purchasing the adjacent plot purchase only east, north or north-east plots.

Bedroom as per Vastu

  • The master bedroom should be in the southwest direction of the house. This room can be used by the father or the eldest son in the family. The children’s bedrooms should be in the northwest or west. Guest bedrooms are best located in the northwest corner, but can also be located in the northeast corner.
  • If there are more than one floors, the head of the family (elder person) should have a bedroom on the upper floor and in the southwest corner. This room should never be used as a bedroom of young children.
  • Beds should be placed so as the head of the person should be in south or east direction. South is the best direction to sleep. Positive magnetic energy comes from the north. The blood in your body contains iron, making your body magnetic with the positive polarity in your head. When you sleep with your head to the north, these two positive polarities repel each other, disrupting the flow of blood and affecting your sleep and health.
  • Removing clutter in your bedroom creates serenity and will help you feel more efficient and function optimally. Clutter, especially under your bed, weighs you down and keeps your mind subtly connected to the past, which does not allow for forward progress. It is advisable to use bed without box. Still, if box bed exist, keep stuff that has nothing to do with the past and is regularly used (e.g. Blankets, bed sheets)
  • The beds should never be placed under the joint in the roof or under a beam. The beds should always be kept away from the walls.
  • A bed made of wood is the best. Avoid using the bed of rot iron, steel etc.
  • The best position for the bed is a position from where anyone entering or leaving the bedroom is within full view of the occupants on the bed. Care should be taken to place the bed in such a way that the foot of the bed does not face the door.
  • At night it is advisable to keep bedroom lit lightly. A night bulb will do. Never keep the bedroom pitch dark.
  • Southwest corner of the bedroom should never be left empty, always keep heavy things, furniture etc. in this portion in every room as a general rule of Vastu.
  • If any cabinets of almirahs are constructed/placed in the bedroom, which contains valuable documents, cash, jewelry etc., it should be in the southwest of the room opening towards the north.
  • An attached bathroom to the bedroom can be to the northwest or southeast of the room.
  • If one is to study in the bedroom, the east side should be used.
  • Avoid keeping a TV in the bedroom. If a TV is kept, it should never be in front of bed, as it works as a mirror and keeping a mirror in front of bed generates negative energy.
  • Walls in the bedroom should have soothing and light colors such as light rose, blue and green.
  • Happy family pictures should be displayed in the bedroom to enhance the positive energy of the room.
  • Having a mirror on the wall opposite the foot of your bed can disturb your sleep. You throw off stress during the time you sleep and a mirror will hold the stress and reflect it back to you when you wake up once you sit up in bed. Move the mirror or cover it at night for more restful and replenishing sleep. Care should be taken to place it in such a way that no part of the body is visible in the mirror when the person is lying down.
  • Finally, your bedroom should be a place where you can totally relax. So it is a good idea to remove objects that remind you of unfinished tasks out of the room or at least out of sight.

Drawing/Living Room as per Vastu

  • Drawing/Living Room should be in the east, north or north-east so one can get the morning sunlight and positive vibrations.
  • Drawing room can also be made in North-west direction of the house. It should not be made in South-west direction as guests may settle for long.
  • The door of the drawing room should be in East or West.
  • The sitting arrangement of the head of the family should be facing the east or in the north direction.
  • The heavy articles of furniture or decoration should be in the west, south or southwest direction.
  • As far as possible TV and other electrical appliances should be in the southeast portion of the drawing room as all electrical gadgets should be in SE quadrant, the fire zone.
  • Furniture of this room should be square or rectangular.
  • The color of the walls and the tiles used in this room should be white, yellow, blue or green. As far as possible it should not be red or black.
  • The fireplace, if designed, should be in Southeast part of the living room

Kitchen/Dining as per Vastu

  • The kitchen should be in the southeast portion of the house. The main entrance to the kitchen should be in the north, east or in the northeast direction.
  • The second best position is the North West corner. Never have a kitchen in the North East portion or the central portion of the home (Brahmsthan).
  • There should be no toilets adjoining, above or below the kitchen.
  • The lady should face east while cooking, for it brings good health to her. Cooking in the north is also alright. If the lady faces west while cooking it may lead to health problems to ladies; while cooking with the face towards south may lead to financial problems in the family.
  • If the family is having meals in the kitchen then they should never face south while eating. This can lead to stomach problems.
  • The cooking platform should not touch the wall but should be placed at least 8 cm (3 inches) from the wall.
  • Cooking Gas/Range should be in the southeast part of the kitchen and should not be visible to the naked eyes from the outside. Hence always shield the kitchen from the outsiders.
  • Gas Cylinder should be kept in south-east. Empty Cylinder should be kept in south-west.
  • Big windows and ventilators should be in the east direction, while smaller windows should be in south. Exhaust fan should be installed on the eastern wall in the south-east corner.
  • It’s best to have the kitchen sink in the northeast direction. If there is a dishwasher in the kitchen then place it on the northwest side of the kitchen. Drinking water and water filter should be placed in the northeast direction.
  • There should be an abundant use of green in the kitchen. For example green granite for flooring or green pictures. This helps improve the appetite of the family members and also promotes peace and harmony in the house.
  • If the refrigerator is a part of the kitchen then place it in the southwest direction. Exhaust fans in the kitchen should always be put on the eastern walls in the southeast corner. Other electrical appliances like microwave can be put in the southeast corner.
  • If possible, the cooking gas and the washing sink should not be kept very close to each other. The logic being fire and water always repel each other.
  • The cooking stove should not be visible to the naked eyes from the outside. Hence always shield the kitchen from the outsiders.
  • There should be no leaking taps in the kitchen. This affects the money flow.
  • If you have cabinets on the northeast side then use it for storing light things only. If your kitchen has overhead storage cupboards then avoid having them over the cooking range.
  • East, south or west portion of the house are for the dining rooms.
  • The dining table, preferably a rectangular one should be so arranged that the master of the house, or his wife or eldest son occupies the south of south-west or west of south-west chair in the room.
  • The kitchen should always receive natural air and sunlight.
  • If the kitchen is adjoining a bedroom, the wall between them should be thicker than other walls.

Toilet/Bathroom as per Vastu

  • South, West and South-West directions of the house are best for constructing a Toilet. 
  • Toilets can also be made in North-West direction of the house/building. 
  • Separate bathrooms can be made in the East direction of the house. As the morning rays of the Sun are believed to be extremely beneficial for health, hence proper windows should be provided in the bathroom.
  • The slope of the bathroom floor should be towards north and east so water drains to the north-east side of the bathroom
  • Avoid East, North, North-East and South-East directions for making the Toilets in the house.
  • Totally avoid constructing a toilet in the center of the building (Brahmasthal)
  • Having Toilet is the North-East is disastrous and highly inauspicious. It may bring incurable diseases, heavy financial losses and even fatal incidents in the house. It mainly affects the owner of the house and eldest sibling.

Pooja Room as per Vastu

  • The pooja room the building should be in the east, north or north-east corner
  • The pooja room should never be in the bedroom
  • All the material related to pooja room should be kept in the southeast of the room
  • Any item, showpiece, idols of god etc. removed from pooja room for any reason should not be kept elsewhere in the house and should be properly disposed in a flowing river or buried underground
  • Pooja room should always be on the ground floor and never in the basement

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