One enters the House, through the Main Entrance Door from the front Verandah. Every time you enter your house you activate a presiding energy in relationship to the mandala of the house at that point. A door must be precisely located for the activation of most beneficial energy.


As Vastu is a science, there is logical, scientific explanation for every guideline. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically.


The main entrance door should be fixed on an auspicious day after performing Vastu Pooja. The Location of the Main door is also very important. To figure out where to place a main door, imagine that you are standing in front of the house and divide the front facade of the house into into two parts with an imaginary, middle, vertical line. The door should be placed towards the centre, either in the left or the right half, depending on the direction the  door faces.

 North- facing door should be in the left half when facing the house, that is more towards the  North-East. Avoid placing a door in the right half (North-West). The Reason - Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day. Since the door is opaque, it should be placed more to the centre of the wall and windows should be kept in the North-East.

The door should not be at the corner of the walls, but a few feet away from the corner junction. The Reason - Its preferable to have more window openings towards the North and East to allow constant sunlight through the day. Since the door is opaque, it should be placed away from the N-E corner, more to the centre.

West facing door: can be located in the left half when facing the house, that is  favouring the North-West. Avoid placing a door in the right half (South-West). The Reason - Its preferable to have more window openings towards the North to allow constant sunlight through the day. It is best to avoid openings in the South-West since the Sun is in the South and West at midday and in the afternoon.

If a house has a main entrance in the West it should have a corresponding door in the East also. The Reason -To allow maximum, useful UV rays found in the morning sunlight, into the house, since it is beneficial for health of the inamtes. (vitamin D synthesis)

South facing main door: must not be in the center of the building but should be  in the right half when facing the house, that is more towards the South-East. Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-West). The Reason – It is always preferable to have few openings in the South-West as explained above, since the hot infra-red rays of the afternoon sunlight are projected, maximum towards this direction.

If a house has a main entrance in the South there should be one more corresponding to it in the North direction also. The Reason – To allow the constant light from the North into the house.

East facing door: can be located in the right half when facing the house, that is more to the North-East. Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-East). The Reason - Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day. Since the door is opaque, it should be placed more to the centre of the wall and windows should be kept in the North-East.

Thus you can see in Vastu, there is no bad location for a main door. Its the pseudo vastu pundits who claim that South and West entrances are bad and the entrance door should only be in the North or East, because they take the Vastu Shastra guidelines too literally – Since Vastu recommends more open space in the North and East to enable the pleasant morning light and constant North light to permeate the house, it makes sense to have the entrance from either of these directions. But it’s not a hard and fast rule.


main-doorAvoid the main door directly facing the main door of the opposite house. The Reason- It is quite uncomfortable when both the doors are open, as one unconsciously tends to look into the other house.

Avoid the main door directly facing an abandoned, rundown or dilapidated building: The Reason- It is quite disconcerting, every time you open the door to see an eerie looking building right in front of you.

The entrance gate and the main door should be on the same side: It is not considered good if the main door to the house is on the opposite side to the entrance of the property. The Reason- It doesn’t make sense to have the entrance on one side and then have the main door on the opposite side as guests and outsiders are forced to walk right across the length of the site, thus invading into the privacy of the inmates.

Avoid having an underground tank, septic tank under the main entrance: The Reason - In case the tank has to be opened or cleaned, it can be very inconvenient if it is right in front of the main door.

Avoid locating the main entrance door in the corners of the house: The Reason- If the door is in the extreme corner, it will be difficult to  have a neat furniture layout in the room, as the corner is used for movement.

Avoid locating a wall directly in front of the entrance door: There should be a door that opens to the next room in line of sight, opposite the main door. The Reason- The fresh air entering the house, every time you open the door, can flow into the rest of the house and finally go out through the exit. This allows the house to breathe properly.

It is preferable to have two doors, an entrance and an exit door: However, the exit door should be smaller than the entrance door. The Reason- The fresh air entering into the house through the entrance, will go out through the exit and thus be forced to pass through the rest of the house, thus allowing the house to breathe.

door3The main entrance door should be the largest door of the house: The Reason- A large main door looks inviting and allows big objects, like beds, to be brought in from outside without difficulty.

The main door should open inside and clockwise: The Reason- If the door swings open in a clockwise motion, you use your left hand to open the door for the guests, thus enabling you to guide them in with your right hand.

Avoid self-closing doors: The Reason- With self closing locks available nowadays, the doors can shut and close by themselves, but there is the risk that the door will close accidentally in the breeze while the keys are inside the house.

Avoid creaking doors: The Reason- Doors that creak indicate bad workmanship and that the door hinges are not well oiled.

The main door should have a threshold: Shoes should not be kept in front of the door, but to the side. The Reason- The shoes in front of the door can be an eyesore and cause you to stumble.

Auspicious signs on the door like ‘Om’ and “Swastika': The Reason- When you or a guest stand in front of the door it is better to see some pleasant images instead of just a plain door.

Wood of Teak, Honne, Matti are good for the main door: Wood from Peepal, Coconut, trees giving flowers and fruits out of season, Thorny trees, Fragrant trees, etc should not be used. The Reason – Its important to protect useful trees that provide us with fruit etc.

The main door should have a threshold: The Reason – The threshold will deter ants and other pests from entering into the house.

This post was about the Main Entrance door, which leads into the Interior of the House and the Living Room. Read about the Vastu guidelines for the design of this space as well as for the Internal doors and Windows:

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  1. Sudarshan Gupta says:

    I buy a flat house facing main door in south. Main door is in East-South corner and staircase in West south side. My kitchen is in west south side facing in south. Pooja room is in east north and bed room is in west north.
    Please advice if any wrong as per vastu.
    Sudarshan Gupta
    sorry, main door is in South east side and not corner.
    Hi Sudarshan,
    In apartments, you cannot expect everything to be as per vastu. In your case, some of the rooms are in the so-called vastu positions while some are not. But you must accept it as okay because you do not have a choice. And, not having all the rooms in the right position is not wrong as per vastu. It is just that those positions would be ‘ideal’.

  2. rajesh says:

    HI, I am planning to take a flat for rent. Its a west facing entrance.
    1. The main door is opening towards south west (right corner).
    2. The kitchen is in between Hall and child bedroom touching the east wall. The cooking will be facing the north direction.
    3. Master bed room is at North west and child bed is at North east.
    Kindly suggest whether the above west facing Flat is OK.
    Hi Rajesh,
    In flats, there are many limitations and you cannot have the ‘ideal” vastu plan. What you have described is acceptable, however, the decision is entirely yours.You should feel the space. If you feel good about this flat then go ahead and buy it.

  3. Ganganand Roy says:

    i changed the direction of entrance to my flat from south to north east but now i will have two doors one facing south,and the next facing north east,is it ok
    Hi Ganganand,
    It’s okay to have two doors to your flat. But use the NE one always for entering the house.

  4. Mini says:

    Hello sir,
    We bought an almost rectangular flat (diagonal plot as per vastu),corner unit, and it has a small extension on the north east side towards east corner to accommodate a foyer area and main entrance. Hence the original entrance as per plan was at the east corner with door facing southeast side.
    We decided to place grills instead at that place and moved the main door on the northeast wall closer to east side( the place where extension starts towards east) for security and better utilization of foyer area. The main ventilation in the living room is on the northwest side.Is this vastu compliant and is there anything we need to take into account. Thanks in advance.
    Hi Mini,
    You made changes to ensure better utilisation of the foyer space. So there itself, it becomes vastu compliant as an efficient plan is in tune with vastu.

  5. Mehendi says:

    We have bought West facing apartment on 3rd floor, which is the last floor of four storey building. The main door is in the corner of the house, but not sure whether it is South West or North West. Please advise on if it South West what remedy can be followed and if it North west what remedy can be done. However house has full natural light coming in through windows.As soon as we enter the house is extended on left side of the main door and its open kitchen, which would be either at SW or NW corner.
    Hi Mehendi,
    You first need to be clear about the direction of the main door.When you stand inside the apartment facing out, note the direction that the compass points. That is the direction of your main door. This is only for your knowledge. Anyway, it really does not matter which direction the door face because in flats, there is not much choice. The fact that the house is full of natural light is a plus point.

  6. jerry says:

    Hi Sir,
    One should avoid mirrors on the wall opposite to main door.How about placing the mirror on the left or the right side walls when one enters through main door.
    Hi Jerry,
    Yeah, it is okay to have mirrrors on the left or right side walls.

  7. Nishant says:

    Dear Sir… Ty for such an informative article…
    We are planning to buy an apartment which is west facing, even the main door of the building is west facing… I found it good when i entered it… Kitchen is such that the cook will be facing west but we can fix that.. But now im reading in various vastu related blog that it is not advisable to buy west facing flats… Now im badly confused and a little sceptical as well… Elevation is equal to the east facing flats of east facing building infront…. What should i do… Pls suggest… Thank you so much.
    Hi Nishant,
    Go with your gut instinct. There is no such thing as west facing being bad. If you felt good about the flat then it’s for you.

  8. Anila says:

    Dear Sir,
    Our house is west facing with Main Door on west wall, and now we are planning to do some alterations to match with the vaastu recommendations. But the Entrance gate of property is located in the south side boundary wall near west corner. There is no chance to shift the location towards east corner or any other locations due to the terrain of plot. Please advice any remedy to overcome the bad effects.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Hi Anila,
    Have you faced any ‘bad effects’? There is no need to waste money and embark on changes because whatever you do, it will be impossible to get a perfectly vastu compatible house. 25% of people in layouts live in south facing properties, another 25% live in west facing sites and so on. Do all these people suffer from the bad effects of not having the main doors in the ideal vastu directions?

  9. Sir plz can u tell me my question is I wanna to buy 1rk in maharastra that south west or North west are gd for me entry or exit or vaise varsa of this direction for our helth &welth? Plz let me know as soon as possible thnx
    Hi Fabiya,
    NW entry is preferable to SW.

  10. Subhashini says:

    Salutes to your work!!
    We have an independent house in India. Our main entrance is west facing. We have our backyard door exactly opposite to it (east facing). We have two kids aging 7 & 1. They are always prone to minor health issue throughout the year. Many say that west facing entrance is not good and is the reason for such illness and money loss. Request your opinion..
    Hi Subhashini,
    All directions are good, according to me. If West or south directions were bad, then there would never have been sites facing these directions in the towns in olden days. But if you look at old city plans, there are houses in all 4 directions. So rest easy. Kids, till they hit their teens will keep falling sick. Just make sure that your house is well ventilated and well-lit. Keep it clutter free and hygienic. All the minor issues will vanish.

  11. Sanjana sharma says:

    Hi ,
    We bought a flat facing today west direction , morning sun light is coming in utilities of my kitchen and children bedroom till 11.30am. We have very much cross ventilation in our flat but our main door is placed in west south direction of my house but staircase will come after our main door ( in the middle of two flat)and than start another flat with the same dimension . I want to know wether it is bed for living .
    Hi Sanjana,
    After buying a flat with obviously so many plus points, you should be rejoicing instead of doubting. Think positively and you will have a ‘good’ living.

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