Friday, October 10, 2008

Some notes on Vaastu

A good and concise article on Vaastu principles and how to follow Vaastu is given in the following link. It is useful to follow those tips.

The first part of the article is about choosing the right place and see the 'arvana' – or matching with that place. A number of methods are given there from various texts for ascertaining whether the chosen place is suitable for one.

But I suggest the method I have given in my earlier post to find out the 'arvana'.

Readers will also notice that no remedy is recommended for 'veedhi shoola' – a road running in front of the house. Yes, olden texts instead offering remedy for veedhi shoola, ask us to reject such sites in the first instance itself. I am yet to read a remedy from olden texts for Veedhi shoola.

But nowadays we find people setting up a small temple of Ganesha in the place where the road meets the plot.

As I wrote in an earlier post

Ganesha in the north and north west of the plot can not help one.

In this context, I always get thoughtful on seeing Pothys and Lalitha Jewellers in T.Nagar, facing Veedhi-shoola.

But with the fly-over crossing the shola veedhi in their front, I think the blemish is removed. Their buildings over and above the fly –over also is good, I interpret.

But is it good to have such a broad road (fly-over) going in front of them is a Vaastu riddle.

Commercial buildings are supposed to be a little away from the busy road or high-way like ones, in front of them.

In this context, I wish to know whether vaastu principels are followed in Gujarat, by its business community. I know of one Gujarati trader, a successful one who is aware of vaastu principles and sticks to them in setting up his business houses. If others in Gujarat are also like him and if Gujarati traders follow them in their State, then that will explain the extent of success of vaastu too.


Santha said...

Regarding your Veedhi shoola concept I think i have an explanation for Pothys T.Nagar. As google maps suggests, Pothys faces west Vayavya which is is a very good veedhi shoola. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also please update me any remedies if you have for the Veedhi shoola towards South of South west. Thanks

narayana said...


These days, it is becoming very difficult to find a house that meets all Vaastu requirements. A lot of vaastu experts are suggesting Matsya yantra to mitigate ill effects of improper Vaastu.

Could you please tell us if there is a PRAMANA in Shastra for using Matsya yantra to remove or reduce vaastu doshas? What sort of doshas can be removed and what can't be removed?

Thank you

jayasree said...

Dear Mr Narayachar,

I have not come across Matsya yantra installation in traditional vastu texts, but Matsya yantra may have its relevance as Matsya is supposed to have rescued Manu from flood. Similarly Kurma yantra also may have its relevance in safeguarding a house. Kurma yantra must have been in popular use in Mahabharat times. Read my article

My personal opinion is that the Vastu as practiced or advised today was not what was originally prescribed. The most important features such as salya-removal, Aya-prakarana and Pada vastu alone determine the plot and the building as defect-free. None of these are checked these days. They are absolutely not checked in apartment dwellings.

I searched the net to locate articles on these three topics but in vain. I am sharing with you Brihad samhita (check your mail box) and suggest that you read chapter 53 on house building. It shows how the Vastu- pada must be drawn for the plot and how to identify Marma-sthan based on that. Pillars and walls must not be raised on the marmasthans.

On salya, I would suggest that people must make sure that the areas under the ground for 6 feet depth must not have any animal bones or dirt. Nowadays old buildings are razed down and new buildings are built on them - sometimes on the places where drains and septic tanks were there earlier. These also contribute to salya and cause gloom to the occupants in the new houses built over them.

On Aya prakarana - I suggest reading of the article in this site

Until our grand father's times, aya-prakarana was followed and that is why those houses still stand without damage. My maternal grandfather would have been 110 years now, but the house where he grew up is still intact in his village! All temples built until a 100 years ago followed Aya prakarana. In that system, the 3 part structure of the house was followed - the front portion to receive people, the middle portion of rooms for dwelling and the back portion consisting of kitchen, well and cow shed. This is irrespective of the directions, but with reference to the road in the front. Proper ventilation for air and light and monsoon directions were seen.

Or else, the central open space called "muRRam" in tamil which corresponds to Brahma sthan in Pada vastu is ideal with rooms on all sides. In that structure southeast had agni where kitchen can be located.
Check for the pada vastu in this site.