Vastu – Blind Belief or Science


VASTU one approach which has caught up fast with people over the past few years. Interestingly, t there are very few people who have the right and absolute knowledge of Vaastu and often it is looked at as a superstition or unscientific approach. This is furthest from the truth as the word Vaastu Shastra itself is closest to be an absolute science.

VASTU SHASTRA is the sublime elucidation of your surrounding and their influence on your life. Vastu literally ” house or Dwelling Place” and its principles establish to create a harmony between the fine elements viz. Earth, Sky, Fire, Water and Air in the environment.

Vastu Shastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology: it can also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. It’s an ancient building science which covers the philosophy and theory of Architectural works to construct any building and as well as living style of people. Now a day we are having National Building code. which gives us certain regulations to construct building, whereas in past our ancestors were having Vaastu Shastra as a religious code.

The concept of Vaastu has largely divided people in two broad categories- the believers, who follow its rules and principles and non-followers who consider it as a form of superstition. Among the believers also you will find two kinds of people. Ones are those who seek scientific explanation and reasoning behind every Vastu principle while a vast majority follows them just because of the blind faith. Owing to this blind faith there are some misguided ideas and misconceptions. Here are few of those.


  1. An East entrance for the House. A common Vastu misconception dictates that the entrance. of your house shall always be in the east direction or else you will lack in peace and prosperity. But this actually has nothing to do with peace or prosperity and an east entrance is recommended simply due to the fact that sun rises from the east and just so the person can enjoy the early morning healing sun-rays entering his house which are beneficial for the health. However, a person with an east facing entrance will also not benefit from it if he keeps his doors closed while a person with an entrance in some other direction but a large window to- wards east can enjoy the sunshine each morning.



Since a long time, people are being advised on having their kitchens built in a particular direction in order to keep the Vastu of their house correct. In earlier days it made perfect sense as the leeward direction would take away all the kitchen smoke and keep the space airy and ventilated. But talking about modern homes, almost all of them come with chimneys that keep the kitchen smoke free. So now direction of the kitchen area has become quite irrelevant. 


The sun rises from the East, moves towards the South and sets in the West; hence the early morning rays are very important and it is considered very auspicious if the building or land is able to receive this sunlight in the morning. Scientifically the early morning rays have the potential to kill harmful bacteria so is the reason we also expose the newborns to early morning sun rays which heal any sorts of infections in them. The same is applicable to kill any bacterial development in the stored stagnant water. 


South-west direction is the conjunction point or corner of West and South direction and ideally known as Nairuthi corner or place of Demon. South-west being governed by demon is considered inauspicious direction for construction particular sections as per Vastu. However, this direction needs to be balanced with heavy material or weight in order to balance the energies and to yield good results. Therefore, as per Vastu the SW corner is to be made higher so that it can add load/weight at this junction. Scientifically, sun rises from the East, moves towards the South and sets in the West. For the most part of the day the sun in on south and west, so any portion higher towards SW quadrant will cast shadow on to the building and avoid excess heat gain to the building.


Vastu is a logical explanation of scientific truths and facts. The Vastu principles are related with the properties (Natural energies) of our Mother Earth. It simply says that the sources of energies are to be open and the flow of energies is not to be disturbed. It’s a science which deals with allowing these natural energies (renewable sources) to be utilized and reduce load on alternative artificial energies (non-renewable sources) which links to SUSTAINABLE approach.


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