In what order, construction of a house should begin? What are the religious activities involved during the inception of construction?
The start of construction should be from digging a pit in North-East direction of the plot. This pit can be used for the purpose of foundation and vastu poojan ceremony. The religious faith associated with this ceremony is to put a pair of Nag-Nagin inside this pit. As per ancient Hindu belief the load of earth is balanced on Shesh-Nag. A pair of Nag-Nagin below foundation keeps the load and balance of building uniform and protects it from earthquake and any other natural disaster. This pit can also be used for the underground water storage, tube well or water boring. The idea is that North-East should be a deep and watery zone. The logging of bricks should start from South to North and from West to East. It is always beneficial to first make compound walls all along the plot, only after that the main structure of building should start.
I'm very fond of cactus plants. In my house I have around 27 varieties but in one of your articles I read that cactus is not good in a house. What should I do? I cannot throw them out from my house.
All thorny plants give rise to tension in the environment. The sharpness of thorny plants is nature's device of emitting negative currents; The negative effect of cactus can be drastically curtailed by keeping Tulsi plants close by. Tulsi has an exquisite quality of neutralizing negative currents and spreading health in the environment. Tulsi should be best placed in North-East or Brahmasthan of a house.
Where should be the position of garage in a house?
The most suitable zone for garage in a house is North-West zone i.e. Vayavya. Alternatively, it can be made in South-East. The precaution should be taken that garage shouldn't touch the compound wall of the plot or the walls of main building. Always avoid having garage in Southwest zone. It will result in frequent breakdown of vehicle. If portico is used for parking then it should be North, East or North East. Portico should be 1' to 2' below the roof level of the main building. A vehicle should face North or East, when parked.
Where should one place a toilet in a house?
The ideal location for a toilet in a house is West, North-North West or South. Always avoid corner toilets i.e. in North- East, South-East, North-West or South-West. Toilet in the North-East direction is the worst. While performing daily activity in the toilet, never sit facing East or West or in other words W.C. should be North-South axis. The flooring level of toilet should be higher than rest of the floor. Never make toilet in front of kitchen.
I've three daughters. All of them are of marriageable age but despite all my efforts I'm not getting suitable match for them. Can vastu help me in this regard?
Please find the direction / zone of your daughters' rooms. If it is in any other direction except North-West then move them in North-West zone immediately. It will definitely enhance their marriage prospects.
I want to make a basement in my house. Which is the best direction for basements? Can I have basement in the whole structure of the house?
The whole structure shouldn't have a basement, only Eastern & Northern part should be used. Heavy goods can be kept in south and west. The preferred directions for basement are East, North & North- East. If the boring or water storage arrangement can be done in the North-East corner of a North-East basement, it is very beneficial. A basement in South West is the worst.
I want to paint my house in a different color scheme. Can you give me some vastu tips regarding the color?
Use flashy white in North-East zone of the house. Apply pink or Reddish brown in South-East zone. Paint North-West corner of your house in blue or light blue color. Use yellow in South-West zone of the house. Paint the ceiling of the whole house in white color.
I am planning to buy a wrought iron bed but somebody told me about negative energy of such bed. Is it right?
Yes, it is very much true. Vastu is the science of balance of energy. Wrought iron, being a good conductor of heat and electricity disturbs the energy flow in the surroundings. It also emits infra-red rays which are very harmful. Wood is the best option to make bed or any other piece of furniture as it is a bad conductor of heat and electricity. It doesn't get involved in the energy management inside a room.
What is the significance of the squared circle in ancient Indian architecture?
Square represents Earth and Circle represent Heaven. When these two shapes are unified by being made equal in area or perimeter it is called squared circle, meaning earth and heaven or matter and spirit, symbolically combined.
I'm reading your column Vastu Wisdom regularly. I find the contents very interesting and informative. In your last column you mentioned about 16 directions. Will you please classify and list them?
Thanks for reading and enjoying our regular column on vastu and writing your queries to us. As we mentioned earlier, Vastu is the science of the orientation of direction. The 16 directions as per vastu are classified & listed below: Cardinal Directions: North, South, East and West. Diagonal Directions: North East (Eashyana), South East (Aagneya), South-West (Nairthuya), North West (Vyavaya) Sub-Diagonal Directions: North-North East, East-North East, East-South East, South-South East, South-South West, West-South West, West-North West, North-North West.
How can one check the directions of one's plot/ house? Is checking the direction of sunrise good enough? Also, where should one stand to fix the direction i.e. inside or outside of house?
The first step to do any vastu evaluation is to identify and fix all the directions. A rough identification of directions can be done by sunrise direction as the sun rises in East and sets in West via south. But if identification is based on sunrise direction there is a chance of mistake. There is a sizeable difference between sunrise position on June 21 and December 22, the longest and shortest day respectively. The sun rises on true east only on the days of equinox which are September 23 and March 21. On these days the day and night are equal. The best way to fix the directions is by using a magnetic compass. There are two types of compasses. One is floating disc compass and another is pivotal needle compass. To check the direction, always stand at the center of plot / house i.e. naval point of vastu purusha. This way you can correctly position the diagonal directions also.