Vaastu: Ground Rules

Vaastu Sastra


Ground rules for site planning in Vaastu.

To create, a controlled and balance flow of positive energies in a plot or house, based on the nature and the mechanisms of interaction between solar energy and geomagnetic sources, some important ground rules have to be applied before planning construction.

Before planning a site for construction, let us understand, interpret and apply the following guidelines in its true spirit so that the planning and designing of a prosperous building becomes a reality.

1.The geometric axis of the house should be aligned with the geomagnectic axis of the site.

2.The site should be a quadrangle with the Northest angle measuring 90 or less, the Southeast and Northwest angles 90 or more, and the Southwest angles should be a right angle (exactly 90 ). It should be ensured that the diagonal measurement from the Northeast corner to the Southeast corner is more than that from the Southeast corner to the Northeast corner and never less.

  1. The site should slope towards the Northeast corner and the ground level should be highest at the Southeast corner.

  2. There should be more open space left towards the East and North.

  3. The North-South axis should be longer than the East-West axis, for both the house and the plot.

  4. The major part of the building or construction should be located in the Southeast zone of the plot and more open spaces should be provided in the Northeast.

  5. Soil analysis should be carried out before construction. Soil not having the desired characteristics as per Vaastu Shastra should never be used for ground filling. (Soil analysis for Vaastu will be discussed later)

  6. Excavation work during construction should commence from the Northeast side and move in an anticlockwise direction towards the Northwest and then move diagonally to the Southeast and finally to the Southwest.

  7. Construction activity should commence from the Southwest direction and move towards the Southeast, then diagonally to the Northwest and finally to the Northeast.

  8. To get rid of any ill-effects of adjacent plots and their domain, it is necessary to have compound walls built before commencing any other construction activity. The Southern and Western compound walls should be thicker, heavier and higher, and should be constructed of stone; whereas the Northern and Eastern compound walls can be lower in height, thinner and can be fence-like, depending on the ground levels, slope and the nature of the terrain of the adjacent plot.

  9. The Southern walls should not have any debilitating door or window openings. The wall in this direction should be either an 18″ thick construction or a double wall with a cavity in between.

  10. The maximum number of doors, windows, openings and ventilators should be provided in the Northeast, North and East.

  11. The number of doors and windows should be even and not odd; but should not be a figure ending in zero like 10,20,30, etc.

  12. The open space in the Northern and Eastern sides can be used for car parks, lawns and gardens with small plants.

  13. The number of columns and beams in a house block should be even and not odd; but not in figures ending in zero.

  14. Cellars should be avoided in the Southern and Western sides. Cellars can be provided in the Northern and Eastern portion of the building. Mezzanine floors can be provided in the Southern and Western directions only.

  15. The North or East side of the cellar must be used as car parks and the South and West should be used for storage. The Southeast corner of the cellar, if necessary, can be used for a transformer or generator.

  16. The Southwest plinth level should be at least 9″ higher than the other plinth levels and the ground should slope towards the North and East through the entire building.

  17. Parapet walls on the South and West sides should be higher and heavier than those on the North and East. Roofs should have slopes towards the Northeast, East and the North. Roofs should not slant towards the South and West.

  18. The North and East of the house should be used for placing light weight items while heavy and rigid things should be placed in the South and West. This principle is applicable to the entire building, house,rooms and even partition.

  19. Rain water drainage should be directed towards the Northeast corner of the plot. The lift should be located towards the Southwest corner, in the West or South.

  20. The Security rooms should not touch the compound walls in the Northern or Eastern sides and should be provided in the West or South of the main gate.

  21. Big trees or heavy avenues of trees should be located in the Southern and Western side; whereas lawns and light gardens with small plants can be grown in the Northern and Eastern sides.

  22. Gerages are to be provided in the Northwestern sector or in the Southeast sector and they should not touch the main building. Septic tanks should be provided only in the Northwestern sector.

  23. Borewells, wells, underground sumps or any other water bodies like swimming pools, small ponds etc, should all be located in the Northeast corner of the plot. There should not be underground sumps or water storage in the West, South,Northwest or Southwest.

This research article is submitted by Guruji Dr. K. Venkatesan, BE, MTech, EdD, PhD, DDiv