Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Vaastu tips for furniture.

Today everyone buys ready-made items of furniture from the shops. The shape and size of the furniture are almost standardised and one has no say in the specifications of the chairs, cots or sofa they buy. So there is no point in telling about the Vaastu-specifications for them except where one can insist on. This article is on such items. The sources are Brihat Samhita and Mayamatham.

Cots and seats.

Certain types of wood are recommended for making cots and seats. They are given here for reference. Wood of Asana (Terminalia Tomentosa), Spandana, Candana, Haridra, Suradaaru, TindukI, Shala, Kaashmari, Anjana, Padmaka, Shaaka, Shimshapaa (ashoka) are said to be good for making cots and seats.

The trees to be rejected: trees that have fallen due to lightening, floods, winds and attacks by animals like elephants.

Trees where bee-hives are grown and where birds are living must not be cut for making furniture.  Trees found in temples, cremation grounds, roads and in the junction of waters are not suitable for making furniture for home.

Cots and seats made of such trees will bring misery, diseases, fear and loss to the family. So it is imperative to know the location from where the wood is procured. Since everyone would not have the means to know the origin of the wood, texts prescribe a way to check the desirability of the wood while buying. One must look for auspicious signs while selecting the wood in such instances. If children run around and climb on the wood and make happy shouts, that is a good sign.

Or if one happens to see white flowers, milk, coloured rice, water pots, gems and benefic items while buying, that is a good sign that the wood is from a permissible place.

The cots and seats made of wood of fruit trees will give wealth. One can use upto 4 types of wood (trees) for making a single furniture. But furniture made of 5 or more number of different woods is not good for the one who uses it and for his entire family.


The length, width and height of the cot / bed must be in the ratio of 5:3:1-1/2 or 1.  Any increase in the size can be in the range of odd numbers – if not in feet, it can be in inches.
Any seating and bedding furniture must not be kept under places where the ceiling beams are running. In multi-storeyed dwellings, it must be ensured that they are not sitting on top of the beams.

Stand for domestic worship

The seat or stand for doing rituals or placing the deity can be designed using Vaastu principles. The ideal shapes are square, rectangular or circular tops. The height must be half or sixth or eighth of the width of the top plank. The width of the top plank must be in even numbers of inches or feet.
For decoration, lotus design in the centre of the top is desirable. It is called ‘Shobhana’ and supposed to please Gods. The entire structure must be decorated in multi-colours.

The wood of Nyagrodha tree, Udumbara, pippala, banyan, bilva or amala are recommended for making the seat for worship or placing the deity. Such a stand is suitable for all rituals according to Maya-Vaastu.

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Residential houses around temple

Trees around the house.

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