SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR | An Architect Explains

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 Vastu tips for the main entrance door?
What are the Vastu specifications of the main entrance door?
According to Vastu Shastra, what should be avoided with regard to the main entrance 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.

 


WHAT ARE THE VASTU TIPS FOR THE MAIN ENTRANCE 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.

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The Entrance gate and main door should be in the same line. 

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.  

 


WHAT ARE THE VASTU SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR?

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.

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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.

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Avoid having a wall in front of the main door, just as you enter

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, loose and unoiled hinges.

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: 

If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment also Vastu compliant, then go to:




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311 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR | An Architect Explains

  • February 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    Is it preferable to have a staircase in front of an apartment main door.And can the main doors of an apartment face the opposite apartment.
    Hi,
    Neither of these situations are ideal. But in most apartments there will be such a situation as you have described. It cannot be helped.
    Admin

  • March 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm
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    We are planning to buy a flat whose main entry door is in South west direction but all the balconies are east facing. There is ample of sunlight in the flat. Master bedroom is in North east/ North direction while kitchen is in west direction. Should we go for it.

    Please advice.
    Hi,
    If you get a good vibe from this flat, then go ahead. The description of the positions is okay.
    Admin

  • March 12, 2017 at 4:43 am
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    My house main entrance is east facing but main gate is west facing.tell me the consequences.
    Hi,
    The only consequence is that one has to go to the back of the house to enter and it may be confusing for visitors.
    Admin

  • March 12, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    we liked a house that is south east facing. When we stand at the front entrance facing outwards, the compass reading is 122 degrees south east. There is a garage next to the front entrance also at about 126 degrees south east. Is this a good one? Most web research days south east facing is not good.
    Hi,
    Do not go by the net information that says South SE are bad. according to me it is okay, but the final decision is yours.
    Admin

  • March 13, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    Hi sir,
    we are purchasing new flat, on my husband name his name is venkat satya Kameswararao.
    Please let me know which face is suitable for us.
    Thanks In advance
    Hi,
    Dont go into so much superstition. Buy a flat that suits you and in which you get a good vibe.
    Admin

  • March 13, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    While entering into my flat I am going in north direction the main door is in the Center of the flat and is south facing is it ok if not any remedy to rectify it
    Hi,
    South facing houses are not bad. You can read about it in my new post.
    Admin

  • March 15, 2017 at 3:04 am
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    have purchased a flat whose exit is south west and entry towards north east….is it ok?
    Hi,
    Yes it is ok.
    Admin

  • March 19, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    I live in Toronto. My new house is facing west, entrance door more towards west and slightly towards south. House has a lake on the east side. Most of the windows are on the east side and a back door too on the east. Plot has a slope west to east. Is there any Vaastu Dosh which needs to be corrected.
    Hi,
    No. Firstly in Toronto, there is no meaning in following Vastu since vastu guidelines were formulated keeping suns position wind directions in India. Secondly, you are luck to get such a property with a lake on the east as it is nice to sit in the mornings facing the lake.
    Admin

  • March 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    Hi,
    Im shifting to a North facing flat, But the entrance main door is North west corner, and once you enter from the main door u face wall of kitchen. Kindly advice is it ok to move in such a flat. Does it has any vaastu dosh.
    Kindly advice.
    Regards,
    Saritha
    Hi,
    I dont see anything wrong with this flat.
    Admin

  • March 28, 2017 at 4:02 am
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    My entrance is thru east and the door is extremely left while going out of the house and opens twrds leftthere is a wall nd a runway as my in laws we immobile please guide does it need to b altered
    Hi,
    I am assuming you are taling about a ramp. If the width of the ramp is ample enough so that no one trips over, then it is fine.
    Admin

  • March 28, 2017 at 6:42 pm
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    Sir recently i hv bought a flat, my main door entrance is north west, is it kk, or what should I do now.
    Hi,
    Dont do anything. It is ok.
    Admin

  • March 30, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    we have flat when we enter the home we faces towards east and when we the safety enters grill door face towards south , is it good ?
    Reply plz
    Hi,
    So yours is a West facing house, which is ok.
    Admin

  • April 2, 2017 at 12:36 am
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    My entrance door is facing fire emergency exit staircase. Is this a problem?
    Hi,
    In most apartments there will be such a situation as you have described. It cannot be helped. Just keep the main door closed except when in use.
    Admin

  • April 2, 2017 at 6:26 am
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    Have a question. Considering a flat, which as one enters faces north west direction.. (meaning as one steps out of the house will face south east)
    The balcony is in the north west direction too and faces a swimming pool but at a significant height…In the kitchen as one lights the cooking range will face south west.. need some inputs…
    Hi,
    Yours is a SE facing flat which is not bad. Try to face East or North while cooking.
    Admin

  • April 4, 2017 at 3:14 am
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    MY HOUSE ENTRANCE IS ON THE SOUTH EAST DIRECTIONS, AND A NEW HOUSE IS CONSTRUCTED IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE WHOSE SHADOW FALLS ON OUR HOUSE HOW CAN WE CORRECT ITS NEGATIVE EFFECT IF ANY?
    Hi,
    Nothing can be done. But make sure you do not put any plants or obstructive structure and keep windows open during the day to let in as much sunlight and air as possible.
    Admin

  • April 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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    Do not choose flats whose main door is facing the lift why??
    Hi,
    This is an ideal vastu condition because it is annoying to see people stepping in or out of the lift whenever your main door is open. They also will tend to peep in. But it cant be helped in most apartments. So the solution is to keep your main door closed except when in use.
    Admin

  • April 10, 2017 at 6:50 am
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    Can there be a Toilet/Bathroom Door opposite to the West Facing Main Entrance Door?
    I have a Flat where Toilet Door is just Opposite to the Main Door..
    Plz suggest…..
    Hi,
    It is not ideal. But make sure the toilet door is always kept closed except when entering or exiting the bathroom.
    Admin

  • April 13, 2017 at 4:01 am
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    I am shifting to a rented flat with main door facing South West. While entering the flat, we are facing NE. There is Living Room immediately on the right after entering. On left there is Master Bed room. On moving forward,there is bathroom door on left next to Master Bedroom and then one bedroom door on the left.In the same gallery, there is kitchen door on the right, partially in front of bathroom door on the left. Then there is on more room next to Kitchen on the right.
    Do we require any Vaastu Remedy in this flat?
    Thenks & Regards
    Hi,
    It seems to be all okay.
    Admin

  • April 14, 2017 at 1:19 am
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    Namste sir my main entrance door open south west site , it is right side? If not then what can i do ?
    Hi,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  • April 17, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    Is it good to buy a flat which is east facing, but the entrance is towards south corner. Kitchen is at the sw corner. Please advise.
    Hi,
    Entrance is okay. But location of kitchen is not ideal. Make sure you face East or North while cooking.
    Admin

  • April 19, 2017 at 3:28 am
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    My house main entrance is east side and another is south side …it is right side for open this side my main doors
    Hi,
    Use the East side main door.
    Admin

  • April 22, 2017 at 10:28 am
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    I kept my main entrance door in Southeast, facing to east side.
    Pls let me know whether it is good or not?
    Hi,
    It is good.
    Admin

  • April 23, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    Hi Sir, I am planning to buy a flat that’s having the main door facing to east(while coming out you would see east), but there is a gate that faces to South(while coming out of the gate you would see South). Please let me know if this is fine. Opposite to the main entrance there is a wall. Should we have to have a window/opening to that wall? Please clarify.
    Hi,
    Its a East facing flat which is good. There is no need for a window in the blank wall.
    Admin

  • April 29, 2017 at 9:36 am
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    Dear Sir,

    I am planning to shift to a rent house with West facing main entrance door.
    But according to my parents for my name, either east or north facing main entrance door is good.
    Is it okay for me to choose this flat with West facing main door aligned towards left i.e. North West?
    Hi,
    There is nothing wrong with West facing door. But ultimately its your decision.
    Admin

  • May 7, 2017 at 3:01 am
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    My home main gate at North West corner. And we open & opposite direction is south west…& The same is Clean wall, so pls suggest… Other details is entrance left side is north east, main bedroom east south, kitchen is middle of the north west &south west… Pls suggest
    Hi,
    All seems to be okay according to Vastu.
    Admin

  • May 8, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    Hey..
    I am going to purchase a flat… Bt certain doubts creep into my mind.. Actually my apartment entry us south east.. Balconies and terraces are east and south east kitchen is at east but door of the Flatt is at South west..and I am not understanding which entry point to take.. Flat is topmost floor..
    Hi,
    The main door to your flat and not the apartment building door is what you have to consider. In your case I think it is the SW entrance door which is not bad.
    Admin

  • May 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    I have the main door facing north but it faces a wall. What is the remedy for that?
    Hi,
    Is the wall inside the hose or outside. If it is inside, then it is okay.
    Admin

  • May 14, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Hi Sir,
    Our main entrance door facing a angular wall of another flat at the edge of our door not from centre and basically its a pillar .Do we have any issues with that
    Hi,
    If its not coming in the way, then it is okay.
    Admin

  • May 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm
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    Hi,i am going for a rented flat which is in nw direction. i read on other sites that it leads to major disputes between husband and wife.(i behave very bad exp of sw direction in my previous rented apartment)so is it ok to to go for nw facing flat? Or should i go for other option.
    Hi,
    NW entrance is okay.
    Admin

  • May 15, 2017 at 9:50 am
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    Hi sir,I liked a flat,which is having main door at south west….Towards south.and other things are good ,like kitchen at East,Bedroom at North, bathroom towards northwest and west,devghar at North East…But confused due to main entrance …Open towards east
    Hi,
    A SW door is not bad. You can read about it in my new post.
    Admin

  • May 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    We have a north facing entrance that faces the wall of the bedroom of our own home. What can we do to negate the effects. Would another door to the bedroom be a good idea so the main door faces another door in the house?
    Hi,
    The main door facing a wall is okay. N need to add a door.
    Admin

  • May 21, 2017 at 1:36 am
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    Sir please guide I am buying new flat west door entrance is good or bad on 9th Floor…
    Hi,
    West entrance is okay.
    Admin

  • May 21, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    Sir,
    The main door of our flat is facing south east and it is at a corner touching east . Is the same good or we need to have remedy for it.
    The balcony and other windows are facing south west and the same is very airy and bright.
    Reauest your valuable inputs.
    Hi,
    A SE entry is not bad. You can read about it in my new post.
    Admin

  • May 30, 2017 at 1:29 am
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    sir, I am going a buy a house which has the main entrance in north direction more close to west wall of house as compared to east wall .all the windows and balcony of house is in the east direction.Kitchen is next to main door towards east side and having one window in east direction, Kindly suggest me that whether I should buy this house or not..Hoping an earlist reply..Thanks
    Hi,
    A North entrance is good. Other things seem to be okay.
    Admin

  • May 30, 2017 at 8:43 pm
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    hi Sir,
    iam looking south- west face house.shall i go to that house…..
    Hi,
    A SW entrance is not bad. You can read about it in my new post.
    Admin

  • June 5, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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    hi sir..
    I am constructing west facing house..now its a time to place main door.. which month,day and natchathra is best for placing
    Hi,
    Consult your poojary for all that.
    Admin

  • June 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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    Hello sir, my main entrance directly facing backyard of opposite house ,if it is good
    Hi,
    I am assuming there is road between your house and the front house. Then it is okay.
    Admin

  • June 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    My flat is northeast direction( east me northeast).balcony south west.kitchen Southeast .guestroom west side. vastu wise my flat is ok?
    Hi,
    It all seems to be okay.
    Admin

  • June 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    Respected Sir/Madam,
    this is Arvind, I am planning to take a flat which is east facing, but the main entrance is directly facing the bathroom door in the opposite direction. do you think changes should be made as to closing the bathroom door and having an entrance to it elsewhere or keeping it the same as such.
    thank you.
    regards.
    Hi,
    If the bathroom door can be relocated then go ahead. Otherwise make sure that door is always kept closed except when entering or exiting the bathroom.
    Admin

  • June 26, 2017 at 6:29 am
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    hi sir,
    if the door of my house (2nd floor) is East facing and the door of the plot is South West facing, is it okay to buy the house?
    Similarly, if my house (1st floor) is SW facing and the plot is facing north west is this fine?
    I am confused which should be considered as the main entrance.
    Hi,
    The direction of the main door to your flat/house is to be considered.
    Admin

  • June 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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    I owned a flat in a society apartment. The main door has a stairs in fornt of it . In between stairs and doors there is a passage . Is there any T factor in that .
    Hi,
    In most apartments there will be such a situation as you have described. It cannot be helped. Keep your main door closed always, except while using.
    Admin

  • August 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm
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    It is necessary to have two shuttered main door?
    Which is best- single door or two shuttered door?
    Hi,
    Most practical is a single shutter.
    Admin

  • August 16, 2017 at 10:09 am
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    I am planning to buy an office for running yoga class on the fourth floor of a building. The door of my class is on the east end of the south wall. Is it ok?
    Hi,
    Yes it is okay. You can read more in my new post.
    Admin

  • August 19, 2017 at 9:40 am
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    Hi sir,I am in Chennai and going to buy flat which is East facing with south corner as entrance.Please advice
    Hi,
    East facing flat is good.
    Admin

  • August 23, 2017 at 12:11 am
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    i am searching rented house building door south face house enterence east face kitchen east face master bed room west south attach south east another room east face common toilet north west. please suggest its vastu is ok/not
    Hi,
    It is okay vastu wise.
    Admin

  • September 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    Hi, we’re planning to buy a house in the UK, the main entrance is towards the southeast direction, is this okay?
    Thanks for your help!
    Hi,
    There is no point in looking at Vastu guidelines in The UK since these rules were formulated keeping in mind the Suns movement, wind directions specific to India .
    Admin

  • September 6, 2017 at 12:21 am
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    I have a question , When you say door entrance and define its direction i mean East direction facing or so on.
    Then How do you consider it. I mean Entrance door direction when a person is standing outside and look at main door direction then that is direction or when a person is standing inside the house and facing the entrance door , then that direction is considered.
    Hi,
    When a person is standing inside the house and facing the entrance door, the direction he faces is considered.
    Admin

  • September 6, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    Hi, can u pls tell me what problems as per vastu will surface if flat main door is facing steps? Flat has main door in North.
    Hi,
    In most apartments there will be such a situation as you have described. It cannot be helped. Keep your main door closed always, except while using.
    Admin

  • September 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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    My rent home is west facing and pooja room is facing main door and master bedroom is SE and my hubby date of birth is 12 9 1981 8.30evening.
    Hi Jayashree,
    You seem to be deep into superstition. Please read my post on west facing houses and then take a decision.
    Admin

  • September 12, 2017 at 12:19 am
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    I am staying in an appartment.the entrance is towards west ie we face east while entering. My stairs are quite opposite but going down. Recently for better security we have put grill door opposite to stairs,kindly let me know whether it is bad as per Vastu.
    With regards
    Dr SuryanarYana
    Hi,
    In most apartments there will be such a situation as you have described. It cannot be helped. Keep your main door closed always, except while using. The grill door will ot affect it adversely.
    Admin

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