One enters the house, through the main entrance door and this is the entry point of energy, ‘positive or negative’. Every time you enter your house you activate a presiding energy in relationship to the mandala of the house at that point. According to Vastu Shastra, a door must be precisely located for the activation of most beneficial energy.
The placement of the door depends on the cardinal direction that the house faces. To know more about the right location of the main door in each case, refer to the Vastu guidelines listed here. Since Vastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or not instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:
- Where should the main entrance door be located?
- What are the specifications of the main door?
- According to Vastu Shastra, what should be avoided with regard to the main door?
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHERE SHOULD THE MAIN DOOR BE LOCATED?
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 never be placed in the middle but only on either side of the middle line, to the left or the right half, depending on the direction the door faces, as stipulated here:
North- facing door should be in the left half when facing the house, that is more towards the North-East. The Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day.
The door should not be at the corner of the walls, but a few feet away from the corner junction. The Scientific 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 Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more window openings towards the North to allow constant sunlight through the day. And it is better to avoid having an opening towards the South or West as it will allow in hot air. You can read about it in detail in my post: Vastu Guidelines For West Facing House
If a house has a main entrance in the West it should have a corresponding door in the East also. The Scientific 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). For all houses having main door in South direction, they must have another door in North direction also. The Scientific reason – It is always preferable to have fewer or no openings in the South-West as explained above, since the hot infra-red rays of the afternoon sunlight are projected, maximum towards this direction and causes the air to get heated up.
If a house has a main entrance in the South there should be one more corresponding to it in the North direction also. The Scientific 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 Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day and better to avoid openings in the South or west as they will let in hot air especially during the afternoons. You can read about it in detail in my post: Vastu Guidelines For East Facing House
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, WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE MAIN DOOR?
The main entrance door should be fixed on an auspicious day after performing Vastu Pooja. The Scientific reason – The main door leads one into a house and this is the place from where energies, either positive or negative, enter and exit a house. So obviously you want more positive energy to enter a home as the residents will prosper. Therefore it is good for you to do a special pooja for the main door as it will psychologically make you feel confident that it will be a positive channel to good energy.
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 Scientific 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, to the back of the property, thus invading into the privacy of the inmates.
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 Scientific reason – The fresh air entering into the house through the entrance, will find a way out through the exit door and thus be forced to pass through the rest of the house, allowing the house to breathe.
The main entrance door should be the largest door of the house as it allows in positive energy: The Scientific 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 Scientific 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.
The main door should have a threshold: Shoes should not be kept in front of the door, but to the side. The Scientific reason – The threshold will deter ants and other pests from entering into the house. The shoes in front of the door can be an eyesore and cause you to stumble.
The main door should always be a bit higher than ground level and the number of steps to reach it must be an odd number. The Scientific Reason- Since most people are right handed, they generally put their right foot first, while climbing steps. So when they end the climb, they somehow prefer to end on the right foot. This is possible only when there are odd number of steps.
Always keep the main door well lit and visible: The Reason- As one approaches the main door, it should look inviting and bright instead of being dingy and dark.
Always have some beautiful design on the main door and some auspicious signs like ‘Om’ and “Swastika’: The Scientific 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, drab door.
Wood of Teak, Honne, Matti are good for the main door: The Scientific reason – Its important to use strong wood for the main door, so that it cannot be broken down or damaged easily.
Wood from Peepal, Coconut, trees giving flowers and fruits; Thorny trees, fragrant trees, etc should not be used. The Scientific Reason- It is also vital that we protect useful trees that provide us with fruit etc. The wood of thorny trees is not easy to work with.
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHEN PLANNING THE MAIN DOOR?
Avoid circular, sliding door for the main entrance: The Reason- They are not structurally as safe a s a regular rectangular door.
Avoid the main door directly facing the main door of the opposite house. The Scientific 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 facing temples: The Reason- The temple is a busy place where people congregate and there is always sound. It disturbs the peace of your house.
Avoid having obstructions like trees, poles in front of the main door. The Reason- As you step out, you see the obstruction that psychologically feels like an obstruction in your life. Also the obstruction, obstructs the view to your door partly.
Avoid the main door directly facing an abandoned, rundown or dilapidated building: The Scientific reason – It is quite disconcerting, every time you open the door to see a bad looking building right in front of you.
Avoid having an underground tank, septic tank under the main entrance: The Scientific 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. Keep it at least 1′ away from the corner: The Scientific 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 Scientific reason – The fresh air entering the house every time you open the door, should be allowed to flow into the rest of the house and for that there should be openings. This allows the house to breathe properly.
Avoid self-closing doors: The Scientific 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 Scientific reason – Doors that creak indicate bad workmanship and that the door hinges are not well oiled.
This post was about the Vastu Shastra guidelines for the design of the main entrance door which leads into the into the Interior of the House and the Living Room. It is important that the positive energy from the main entrance door radiates into these rooms and from there into the rest of the house. For this, these spaces should also be vastu compliant. Read about the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:
- Vastu Guidelines For Verandah
- Vastu Guidelines For Living Room
- Vastu Guidelines For Interiors Of a House
- Vastu Guidelines For Doors And Windows
If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment Vastu compliant, then go to:
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