VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | ENTRANCE DOOR

VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | ENTRANCE DOOR

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.

GLASS ENTRANCE DOOR

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.


ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHERE SHOULD THE MAIN DOOR BE LOCATED?

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.

IN VASTU SHASTRA, ARE THERE ANY SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE MAIN DOOR?

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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90 Responses to “VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | ENTRANCE DOOR”

  1. r.k.vyas says:

    Namaskar,
    Pl.gide me about south face main door and what is the soluation
    thanks, r.k.vyas
    Hi R K Vyas,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  2. Manisha says:

    Dear Sir,
    First of all thanks in advance for allowing your precious time to advice us.
    Sir, we are planning to buy a 2BHK house in a multi storeyed building with entrance in the south of west (corner) and a window in front.
    Both the rooms, Kitchen and Hall are in the East so the house has windows in one direction only – that is East.
    Bedrooms are in the north east direction and hall in south east and kitchen in middle.
    The house has good vibes in general. But is there anything that we can do to improve the vaastu defects without making much structural changes. Looking for your advice as soon as possible.
    Hi Manisha,
    If you get good vibes from this property then why have doubts. Go for it. Remember you can never get the perfect ‘Vastu ” house.
    Admin

  3. indira says:

    i have a nice decorative mirror facing the main door. as soon as you enter the house, you see the mirror. people tell me it is bad luck. what do i do? is it bad?
    Hi Indira,
    If what people say bothers you, then remove it and place it somewhere else where it can be appreciated.
    Admin

  4. Dinesh says:

    Dear Sir
    I am planning to relocate for new rented house in bangalore south (koramangala), My Date of birth is 30-05-1978( 17.35 pm is birth time), please suggest me the which entrance will be good for my name and sign, these days i was in north facing house, please suggest me suitable entrance.
    Thanks, Regards, Dinesh
    Hi Dinesh,
    After reading my post, you must know that I am of a scientific bend of mind and there is no way I will give you a solution based on your date of birth and hour of birth!. And in a rented house you cannot look at a perfect vastu house.
    Admin

  5. vinayak says:

    we planned our home and start renovating first the main door of our house was facing the road which passes in front of our home. Now we modified it and placed it 90 degrees to the road a vastu shasta fellow came and said its very much bad to have door at that place is it true…little worried tell me the solution…?
    Hi Vinayak,
    There must be a reason why you changed the position of the door. It must be because it was more convenient for the whole plan and for accessing the house. So don’t bother unless the Vastu fellow has put superstitious fear into you. In which case, do what he says.
    Admin

  6. Ajinkya says:

    Hello, my house main entrance is from south and also there is a cut in north-east corner than what should i do .?
    Hi Ajinkya,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  7. suvendu dutta says:

    my flat main door is opposite of lift . so request to you please give me solution.
    Hi Suvendu Dutta,
    There is no solution as you cannot change the position of the door or the lift. Keep your door closed except when going in and out of the house.
    Admin

  8. Radhika says:

    impressed by your site. glad there is someone who can explain things scientifically and not misguide innocents and idiots.
    Thank you Radhika for leaving an appreciative note. Please share in your circle.
    Admin

  9. mohan raj moolya says:

    hello and good afternoon sir ..1.i have a pent house which has a main entrance facing towards south,,and it is in south east corner…and as per my patrika i m an Sagittarius ,,is this favourable for me?
    Hi Mohan Moolya,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  10. Vikas says:

    I am planning to finalize the deal for a new flat, but am little worried coz
    1) The flat is having South West Entry (i.e we face towards SW wiile entry)
    2) It seems as if it is 30 Degree SW inclination
    3) Kitchen is in NW
    Sir I do not know much about Vastu but I do belive in it. Pl guide me whether it is suitable.
    Thnks n Rgds
    Hi Vikas,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  11. Mrs.Nandhini Anandan says:

    sir i have a window in exact sw corner. it is the only ventilation for the room.i have read that we should cover the window with a thick blanket, so that ,even the sunlight cannot enter the room. is it true.please answer me.
    Hi Mrs.Nandhini Anandan,
    Light from any corner is good for the inmates. Of course sunlight from the South-West is very hot because the Sun is in the SW in the afternoon, the hottest time of the day. So it is preferable to have smaller windows or screen the windows here, in the aftrnoons.
    Admin

  12. Veena says:

    i must admit that ur article is one of the very few sensible articles on vasthu. I say so because most of them simply say DO NOT do this etc. but you have given logical reasons for most. In the house that we have moved into, there is a small hallway (verandah like) as we enter the house and another door leads to kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. So, in some ways, kitchen door is visible from main door, although the cooking area or even the cupboard and counter top will not be visible. A friend of mine was saying kitchen should not be in direct line of main entrance. However, I kept getting positive vibes from the property so I am in it! Also, as long as the cooking itself is not visible to passers by, I am happy. What are your comments? Cheers
    Hi Veena,
    You have answered the question yourself. The positive vibes are what matters the most. Moreover, you have your privacy in the kitchen. Like you say most people, even well-wishers like to say ‘do not’ otherwise, it will affect your health or wealth. Please go by your instinct and use common sense.
    Admin

  13. Kishore says:

    Hi,
    I received a better deal for one flat which is East Facing but the Main Entrance is at Sourth – East and the entire house is towards north side after entering the house. Please suggest if this flat can be purchased?
    Thanks, Kishore
    Hi Kishore,
    Actually you have the answer. Everything seems favourable. So go ahead and buy it.
    Admin

  14. Mamtha says:

    Sir, My flat main entrance is on the south west and has a foyer of approx 8 or 9 feet to the drawing room. The floor level of this foyer is two steps lower than the drawing room. There is already one step outside the main door. Please tell me how good or bad is this entrance on the southwest and also the difference in the floor level..
    Thank You !
    Hi Mamtha,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here regarding the direction of the door. As for the level difference, it is okay as you are climbing up to the house. But practically speaking, it is always better to have the floor level throughout the house.
    Admin

  15. nagarathinam says:

    i have purchased a plot facing south but i need to keep the main door facing east by making a small room then turning right and keeping the entrance for hall is it ok tell me
    Hi nagarathinam.
    You have solved the problem of “South-facing” door by putting it in the East. Go ahead.
    Admin

  16. amit says:

    kya north west facing door sahi hai.
    Please refer to my answer to Padma’s query in the comments here.

  17. amit says:

    south west facing mein door sahi hai ya nahi, yadi nahi to kya upay kar sakte hain?
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  18. hamsa says:

    Kindly recommand the below main enterance door is correct facing to buy a flat.If not suggest the directions.
    1.North west-when entering the house.
    2.South east-when coming out of the house.
    Hi Hamsa,
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s and Padma’s queries in the comments here.

  19. Winta says:

    Ma’am, thank you for your insights. have been squabbling with the wife about our entry door. Thanks to your post I got to have my way. Thanks again :)
    Hi Winta,
    Glad I prevented marital disharmony.
    Admin

  20. dinesh says:

    dear sir
    I have a portion where previously entry is on the south east corner facing south can i change the entrance to south east corner facing east kindly suggest
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  21. padma says:

    Please advice me: The main door direction is North west / west. Sometimes the compass says north but many times oppsite to Main door ot shows north west. Thanks.
    Hi Padma,
    I am seeing many queries about North-West main doors. No doubt Vastu recommends the maind door to be in the North East part of a north facing wall. But according to me, that does not mean a North-West door is unacceptable. It is okay if that is the best possible position, because it is more important that you do not disturb the inner movement and circulation inside the house. But make sure that you have some openings towards the North-East side.
    Admin

  22. laxmikant says:

    I purchase new flat , whose main entrance door is at south
    please give tips about this door direction
    Please refer to my answer to Srividya’s query in the comments here.

  23. Krishnamacharya says:

    I understand that we should have even no. of doors and windows in the house. Do we consider Main Gate also as a door count, please advise.
    Hi Krishnamacharya,
    Normally we mean only the doors and windows of the house. But let’s say you have odd number of doors in your house, then you can include the gate and so you will have even number of openings which can make you feel psychologically sure that the vastu of your house is right.
    Admin

  24. Nath Sonawane says:

    One flat having main entrance-door is at north – west side, please suggest about it.
    Hi Nath Sonawane,
    There is nothing wrong with it.
    Admin

  25. dinesh sharma says:

    sir.pls urgently guide me.i have decided to buy a two bhk flat in tower. The main door while entering is in south-east direction. is it bad?should i buy….
    Hi Dinesh Sharma,
    According to me there is nothing wrong with a South door. But if it is bothering you so much, then just check if there are lots of openings like windows/doors on the Northern and Eastern walls. Then make a decision.
    Admin

  26. mrityunjayarasu says:

    The kitchen is directly in front of the main door after living room is it ok or to change
    Hi Mrityunjayarasu,
    Don’t bother to make such drastic changes. But if you feel a lack of privacy, keep the kitchen door closed when guests come home.
    Admin

  27. Pallavivshukla says:

    My house is south and east facing is that good or not please u let me know if is not good can u give me what to do ?
    Thanks Pallavi
    Hi Pallavi,
    According to me there is nothing wrong with a South door, whichever corner it might be in. But if it is bothering you so much, then make sure you have lots of openings like windows/doors on the Northern and Eastern walls, to compensate.
    Admin

  28. Rama says:

    Can you please advise, I am planning to buy a house which has main entrance right between North and East corner. Is this good, someone told if its corner then should shift to left and not good entrance..please advise
    Hi Rama,
    I have not understood the question but I am assuming that the door is in the North-East corner. Practically speaking it is not the ideal position as entry through the corner will disturb the circulation and movement space inside the rooms. It is better to have the entrance door either in the North or the East wall, a little away from the corner.
    Admin

  29. Srividya says:

    Hi,
    I have been going through http://www.architectureideas.info. I find the info shared very interesting and useful! Appreciate the efforts you have taken to give scientific explanation to the Vastu sashtra. its very interesting to read this.
    I have a query: My main entrance door is located on the South-east corner of my house, facing South. It is not as per the calculation you have provided ( 4th part from right or 6th part from left) Would there be any potential issues? Kindly advice
    Thanks, Srividya
    Hi Srividya,
    I have seen lots of worried queries from my readers about South facing doors. Like I have mentioned in my post, what would city planners do if South facing houses are not acceptable? According to me there is nothing wrong with a South door, whichever corner it might be in. But if it is bothering you so much, then make sure you have lots of openings like windows/doors on the Northern and Eastern walls, to compensate. P.S. This comment is for all of you who have doubts about South-facing doors.
    Admin

  30. Swarna says:

    Hi, thanks for the useful info. I have a question.
    i am planning to shift to a new rented home. the building is east facing. flat is at 2nd floor facing east only. but my questions is there are steps to go up exactly in front of my door, of-course that is not stopping the sunlight in to the flat. but is this really a problem?
    Also the count of the total flat doors is 3, windows 3 and 2 ventilators. we liked the flat most but kindly suggest me if there are anything to change or any remedies.
    thanks Swarna
    Hi Swarna,
    If you liked the flat so much then it must be the best for you. Believe in that. As long as sunlight enters your flat especially from the East, you have nothing to worry.
    Admin

  31. rohit says:

    In my flat that i have just bought the main door opens in front of a lift. Is this ok or should i take some remdial action please advice
    Hi Rohit,
    It’s okay.
    Admin

  32. sk says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar
    First of all thanks in advance for allowing your precious time to advice us.
    Sir, we have 2nd floor , 2 BHK flat In apartment building total flats are 27nos with entrance is west direction (corner) and a opposite gate of balcony on east direction corner opposite to Main Entrance gate
    One bed room is on NW direction another is on NE direction in-between we have bath room and kitchen
    ( Left side of the Main Entrance Gate )
    Right side is our Drawing room space as well as dining table space
    The house has good vibes in general. But is there anything that we can do to improve the vaastu defects without making much structural changes. Looking for your advice as soon as possible.
    Thanks Sir, SK
    Hi SK,
    If the house has good vibes, don’t change anything. As it is, the layout seems to be fine. So enjoy your house.
    Admin

  33. MOHIT says:

    Hi,

    When i standing at center of the house and going out of the house, main door is south facing. If i want to change the main door to east facing then can i do that by putting an extra iron door in east direction..By doing so first a person needs to cross that iron door and then main door.Please suggest can i change the direction of the main door facing by doing this?
    Hi Mohit,
    You can do that.
    Admin

  34. SRIRAM says:

    I have a house with main entrance facing north. But for the past seven years, due to some dispute, I am unable to use to road on the north side and and am using another road which is on the south side. Since am unable to use north side road, I have planned to shift my main door to west side which will be exactly at the centre.(neither north-west nor south-west. Can I proceed with the change. The property is in joint name. My birth star is Maga(Simha rashi) and my wife’s star is karthik (Vrishbha rashi). Pl advise.e and and am using another road which is on the south side. Pl advise.
    Hi Sriram,
    Since you have no other option you will have to use the south side road and accordingly you will have to shift the main door to the side. As long as the door does serves like a proper main door, it does not matter which direction it is.
    Admin

  35. Sri kumar says:

    Dear Admin,
    Thanks a lot for a very detailed explanation of each point. It is very useful for my future home planning. I have been forced to follow some vastu rules without knowing the reason but now after reading your blog, It helps me figure out what is important for my future home. Thanks again for a wonderful and detailed information.

    A quick question: You mentioned that Most of the sunlight with vit-D comes from north. Is that specific to indian geographical region or is it same for USA also?
    Hi Sri kumar,
    Due to the Earth’s inclination and the fact that India is in the Northern hemisphere, the constant sunlight is from the North. In the Usa, depending on the area you live in, you will have to study the direction of the Sun’s constant sunlight.
    Admin

  36. Sri kumar says:

    BTW, Most of the explanation in this page talking about varanda is technically backyard in USA homes and most of the front face of the home is just a closed garage (not main entrance). So, can i take your rules (sunlight direction) etc into consideration for backyard?
    Hi Sri kumar,
    Yes you can. The verandah is a shaded place meant for relaxation and spending time with family. The vastu rules mentioned for verandahs is applicable whether it is in the front or in the back.
    Admin

  37. Preethi says:

    Hi Sir,
    We are planning to rent a new home.The building entrance door is East facing.But after the main door we have a long wide passage leading towards open kitchen with living hall.Another Balcony is north facing after the living hall where we can use to move outside from the home as well.We want to know is this long passage creates any problem according to vastu shastra?Is it a good decision to rent this home?Please suggest?Thank you very much in advance!!
    Hi Preethi,
    The long passage is not against vastu principles. In fact it will be a nice place to put some bookshelves since it is wide, put your footwear and hang some paintings.
    Admin

  38. H.Karibasappa says:

    my date of birth is 20/10/1953 main entry door of my house is in east toilet is on west some vastu consultants are telling it is not as per vastu and there will be illhealth ,loss of fame.set back in education to children .pl sugest remedies
    Hi Karibasappa,
    Sorry to say, I am not an astrologer and cannot give you any advice based on your date of birth. If your house is well-lit, well ventilated it is as per vastu and should be good for you.
    Admin

  39. Sudip says:

    Hi,
    I live in a flat owned by my father and there is a stair case that is leading up right out side our main door. I was told this may have negative effects on us (occupants of the house) Will fixing a small mirror on the main door fix the problem? Please advise.
    Hi Sudip,
    IT is always advisable to have no obstructions in front of the main door. The passage to and from the main door should be clear. So, a staircase right in front is obtrusive. But since you cannot do anything about it, you could put a large mirror to create the feeling of doubling the space.
    Admin

  40. sreeja says:

    My house maindoor is facing towards the east. South east is hall and north east is kitchen. Is it good to place pooja stand in the south east or south west. Pls advice
    Hi Sreeja,
    Place the pooja wherever it is easily accessible and such that there is ample space and light around it.
    Admin

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