Vaastu Shastra is 5000 years old but since the middle 1990s, there has been a sudden interest in the subject of the Vaastu Shastra. Over the last decade, Vaastu has gained enormous popularity. Vaastu has found takers even among the high and mighty of the land. Corporate chieftains and politicians in power are constantly relocating and redesigning their offices according to Vaastu Shastra to see if it will improve their financial and political scorecards.
There are three levels in which Vaastu is applied.
First, in a basic sense, it means designing architecture of residential, commercial and government buildings and components of a building like rooms, gates, etc. on the basis of architectural wisdom contained in ancient Indian lore. The idea is to add to the well being of the occupants.
Secondly, at a slightly higher level, Vaastu covers a lot of architecture related areas in public sphere-town planning, laying out gardens, market places, ports, roads, bridges, gateways, wells, drains, enclosure walls, embankments, just about everything that is built by man.
Thirdly, at the micro-level of an individual citizen’s daily life, it deals with furniture, tables, beds, wardrobes, mats, lamps, footwear and the like. This list is expanding by the day. For example, Vaastu experts now tell you about the right design of the computer table and the ideal location of PC in your home office.
Apartments and the flats is now a very common sight in the big cities, thanks to the population explosion. These buildings are populated by a large number of people within a limited space. Besides such constructions are also proving economical while maximum utilization of the space is achieved.
Here again, while building multistoried apartments and flats, attention must be paid to the plot of land and it's location. East facing and north facing plots are excellent for such types of construction. But it should be noted that it is not possible to apply each and every principle of Vaastu Shastra to the construction of apartments and flats. Still it is necessary to excavate unwanted buried matter from the earth and follow common Vaastu principles.
Thus even if half the principles of Vaastu Shastra are followed in the construction of apartments, far greater benefit can be achieved for the inmates to pass their lives peacefully. The principles given should be followed strictly so as to give maximum benefit to the flat owners.
1. Principles regarding the land are equally applicable everywhere. Hence selection of land and excavation of unwanted buried matter must be conducted as per the dictates of Vaastu Shastra.
2. Height of the last storey must necessarily be somewhat less than that of the first storey.
3. Open space must be left all around the building. There should be more open space in the north and the east compared to West and South.
4. The site should be a good square or a rectangle if possible with South West corner equal to 90 degrees.
5. North, East or North East roads would do more good with two gates, one in the East and the other in North. Besides the North East, South West or North West blocks are also good.
6. Ground levels should be slopping towards North East and the levels in the South West should be higher than all other sides.
7. An open well or a borewell should essentially be dug in the North East, before the construction takes place.
8. North East projection in a plot is good.
9. Kitchens are preferred in South East or North West.
10. Balconies towards North, East and North East are advisable. It is not advisable to have balconies in South and West.
11. Kitchen is advisable in South East, or North West on the terrace.
12. Stair cases have to be in South, west or South West and to be avoided in North East, because headroom of the staircase, higher than South West is not acceptable.
13. Main entrance into the flat should be from East, North, North East, West and North West.
14. No wells or bore wells should be dug in South East, North West or South West.
15. Cellars should be kept under the northern or eastern portion of the complex, and not in southern or western side.
16. North East cellar to be used for parking of vehicles; preferably not heavy trucks.
17. Open area in North East should be used for lawns, bore wells and pumps.
18. A canal, a lake, river, nallah, a big well or pond should be in north or east only.
19. Heavy construction or mountains should be in west or south of the plot.
20. There should not be any big tree in north or east of the plot.
21. There should not be any pit or well in south or west direction.
22. All four corners should be at 900 (set Square). If only North East is extended i.e. if it is less than 90 degree, it will do.
23. All rainwater should flow from south to north and west to east.
24. South west should be highest & North East should be lowest in level.
25. If all the corners are not at 90 degree, then we should correct it before starting the construction.
26. If the dead end of a road is coming in our plot then it should be taken care of because some are good & some are bad. This is called Veethi Shoola.
27. Apartments should not be painted in black, sky blue or red colours.