SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR SITE SHAPE | An Architect Explains

According to Vastu Shastra, the Site ‘Shape’ affects the well being of the inmates. Some shapes have a good effect, while others have a bad effect and some others can be used after making corrections by building a ‘Vastu’ compound wall in a suitable shape. 
The shape of a site plays an important role in the overall energy balance of any plot but just the shape must never be the only criteria for accepting or rejecting a plot. All the Vastu Shastra factors including the shape of the plot  must be taken into consideration before deciding on a site. 
Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t, instead of blindly following them like a superstition:

What is the best shape of a site and what are the effects of different shaped sites?
What are the effects of odd dimensions in a site?
In Vastu Shastra, is there any solution for odd shaped sites?


 


ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT IS THE BEST SHAPE  OF A SITE AND WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT SHAPED SITES?

squareSquare shaped site is the best shape: According to Vastu, it ensures the inmates all round prosperity and happiness. The Reasoning- In earlier times, since most houses were designed around a central square courtyard for good cross-ventilation and protection from the hot summer heat, a square Site was considered the best, as the Site could be used fully, without any wastage of space around it.

rectangle

Rectangle shaped Site is also considered good: especially if the longer sides runNorth to South, rather than West to East. It bestows good health, wealth and prosperity. The Reasoning- Like in a square site, it is easy to design a square or rectangle shaped house in a rectangle site even though there will be some extra land around the house. But this space can be  used for trees, outhouse etc and hence is not wasted.

Today, in the modern context, as an Architect, I also subscribe to this view. I find the rectangle shape the best for Sites- It is easier to design a house on rectangular lines since this allows for a good flow of interior spaces and the proportion of the rectangle’s sides are most suitable in designing rooms. It may be for this reason that Sites in cities are usually available in rectangular  shapes such as 30’x40′, 40’x60′, 50’x80′ etc.

triangleTriangle shaped Site is not considered good: However, if the site is very big, then it can be used by constructing a Vaastu compound wall so that it appears to be a square shaped site and then designing the house within it. The Reasoning- In a triangular site, it is difficult to design a square or rectangular house, which is the preferred shape for an efficient plan. There will be a lot of wastage of land on all three corners and very little space on the periphery of the house. Also, the plinth area of the house will be much less than, if the same plan is drawn on a square or rectangular site of the same area.

circleCircular/Elliptical/Oval shaped Sites are not considered good for houses: According to Vastu, such Sites are only good for constructing circular/elliptical shaped buildings, like public buildings. The Reasoning- Just like in a triangle shaped site, it is difficult to construct a rectangle or square house and there will be a lot of odd-shaped waste land around and hence is not considered worth buying for a house.

trapeziumPentagon, Hexagon, Octagon shaped Sites are not considered good: However, if these shapes are made rectangular or square by building a Vastu compound wall, so that it appears to be a square or rectangular Site, it can be used. The Reasoning- Just like in a triangle shaped site there will be lot of wastage of land around the building and so is  not considered worth the money you spend for the land.

l-shapeL-Shaped Site is not good for a house: However, if it is possible to buy the site on the inside of the L-shaped site to form a rectangle site, then it is fine. Or if the arms are wide enough then the site can be fenced off into a rectangle and the remaining portion can be used for a garden or  some other structure. The Reasoning- It will be difficult to design a square or rectangle shaped house in a L-shaped plot, unless the arms are very wide.

 


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF ODD DIMENSIONS IN A SITE?

goumukhGou-mukh (Cow faced) site is considered auspicious: According to Vastu, if the plot is narrow in the front and wide at the back, like the face of a cow, it is auspicious. The Reasoning- A square or rectangle shaped house can be designed in this plot with some excess land in the back which can be used for various things like a kitchen garden, outhouse etc.

simhaSimha-mukh (Lion faced) Site is considered inauspicious: According to Vastu, if the plot is wide in the front or entrance and narrow at the back, like the face of a lion, it is inauspicious. The Reasoning- In this plot, though a rectangle or square shaped house can be designed, the excess land will be in the front, and an outhouse or kitchen garden cannot be placed here. So the excess space will be wasted and hence not considered worth the money spent.

cutSites with cut corners are not good: If possible, you should be able to purchase the cut part as well, so that the site looks whole. The Reasoning- It will be difficult to design a house if any of the corners are cut, as some parts of the house will not have proper ventilation.

Sites with cut-corners in the North-East are not good and  should not be purchased. It is like a headless body, because as per Vastu Purusha Mandala the Vastu Purusha’s head lies in the North-East. The Reasoning- The North-East is the direction from which the sun light engulfs the house in the morning and hence should be kept open without any obstructions. So, if it belongs to someone else, that portion cannot be kept open to the useful sunlight.

Sites with projections/extensions in the North or East are considered good: The Reasoning- The North-East is the direction from which the sun light engulfs the house in the morning and so if this corner is projected, there can be a lot more open space that will ensure more unobstructed sunlight.

Sites with projections/extensions in the North-West, South-East or South-West are not considered good: but can be used after corrections by building a Vaastu compound wall. The Reasoning – Having open spaces to the South and West of a site are not preferred, as the hot sunrays projected towards these directions, will heat up the house.

Irregular plan


 


IN VASTU SHASTRA, IS THERE ANY SOLUTION FOR ODD SHAPED SITES?

Irregular shaped sites have a negative effect on the human psyche, but can be used after building a square or rectangular compound wall around it: The Reasoning:  The compound wall protects the building and the space surrounding it from negative energies and so, in irregular shaped properties, square or rectangular shaped compound walls can be  built and the remaining area should be left for growing trees and plants.

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121 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR SITE SHAPE | An Architect Explains

  • November 10, 2016 at 3:07 am
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    Land front on E, or may be ESE 110 degree
    Front E 10.67 meter
    Rear W 9.88 meter
    Side N 31.22 meter
    Side S 31.95 meter
    Will you please advise if its the right one to buy and make a house for living ?
    SAM

    Hi Sam,
    This is a simha mukh site as it has a wider front than back and not ideal as per vastu. But the difference in dimesnsions is very small to affect it. Moreover, it is a east facing site which is good. So I dont see it as a bad site. But you need to take the call based on your instinctive feel of this site.
    Admin

  • November 12, 2016 at 10:01 am
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    Dear Sir,
    I am planning to buy land (plot) which is may be cow shape land.
    Please refer size of the plot
    Measurement:
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    East to West on the Northern side = 28 feet
    on the Southern side = 24 feet
    North to South on the eastern side = 78 feet 6 inches
    on the western side = 56 feet 6 inches
    and splay of = 24 feet
    Plot direction = South facing and street is available at south side
    Kindly request you to review and confirm, Is there any problem?
    Please provide your suggestion
    Hi Nesamani,
    It is goumukh which is good as per vastu. But there is too much difference in the other dimensions to ignore. you have effectively only 24’x56′ for constructing a house. The remaining space can be used for a garden. So if you feel happy about this property, you can consider it.
    Admin

  • December 1, 2016 at 2:39 am
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    Hello sir I plan to purchase North facing 30 sq.feet to 61.5 sq. feet site is it correct or I plan to register 30 sq. ft to 60 sq. ft. It is correct please sugest me.
    Hi Mrithika,
    There is nothing wrong with the dimensions of the site. Register for what you are buying and paying.
    Admin

  • December 7, 2016 at 9:20 am
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    Hello,
    I’m planning to construct basement & shops on ground floor on a corner plot facing south & west. Its a singh mukhi plot extending in south west direction. Kindly suggest me whether should I go for rectangular shape or not by deducting the extended area.
    Hi Rahul,
    This decision depends on the site dimensions. If, by planning a rectangular building, the deducted area is quite large, then you can extend a portion of the house into that space.But make sure the space is rectangular in shape.
    Admin

  • December 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    Hello,
    I am planning to buy a west facing L shaped plot. The total size of the plot is 400 Sq.yards. However the seller is only selling 300 Sq.yards cutting 100 sq.yards from the NW corner. Making the plot a L shaped extended towards NE. Is it advisable to buy a plot with NW missing?
    Thank you for your valuable suggestion.
    Hi Vamsi,
    a plot with a corner cut off is not ideal but in this case you can rectify it by bifurcating along the N-S direction so that it appears like two plots.
    Admin

  • January 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Hello sir,
    My site is facing North West and back is South east. On South there is a slight projection (may be a meter) compared to East. Is this plot good?
    If not, can i construct a straight compund wall and remove the projection ?
    Thanks for your response.
    Regards,
    Sreehari
    Hi Sreehari,
    Any projection in the South is not as favourable. You can construct the compound wall along your site boundary. However grow some shrubs in a line such that the boundary seems to be rectangular.
    Admin

  • January 8, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    DEAR SIR,I WANT YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE REGARDING MY COMPOUND WALL.MY HOUSE IS IN SQUARE SHAPE BUT MY NORTH EAST CORNER OF COMPOUND WALL IS IN ROUND SHAPE.NORTH AND EAST CORNER OF MY HOUSE IS MUNICIPALITY BIG ROAD.AS PER VASTU SHASTRA THERE IS NO CUT OR ROUND SHAPE IN NORTH EAST CORNER.IT IS VASTU DEFECTS AND NEEDS ANY CORRECTION.KINDLY ADVICE ME
    REGARDS
    Hi Jugal Kishore,
    There is nothing you can do about this as it is a municipal road. Forget about it.
    Admin

  • February 11, 2017 at 7:55 am
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    Sir i hope you still respond. my plot dimension east/west 30 , north 48, south 50. its east facing , while constructing to adjust the 2 difference, the builder made a cut on middle of west side to adjust that south is 50,north is 48 . is this a problem ? east/west is fine.
    Hi,
    It is fine.
    Admin

  • February 16, 2017 at 4:39 am
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    Hello,
    I am planning to buy land (plot)Please refer size of the plot
    Measurement:
    ————
    East to West on the Northern side = 87 feet
    East to West on the Southern side = 102.5 feet
    North to South on the eastern side = 60 feet
    North to South on the western side = 60 feet

    Plot direction = East facing and street is available at East side
    Kindly request you to review and confirm, Is there any problem?
    Please provide your suggestion
    Hi Vasu,
    Since the extension is in the back, this site is okay as per Vastu.
    Admin

  • February 18, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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    PLS SUGGEST.
    sir, we are searching for plot and we have planned to buy an East facing plot.size of the plot is EAST SIDE-24.3,WEST-24.6,NORTH-76 AND SOUTH-75. PLS REVIEW AND CONFIRM WHETHER WE COULD CONSIDER THIS PLOT .PLS SUGGEST.THANKS,
    Hi,
    The plot dimensions and direction are all okay.
    Admin

  • February 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    East-31.2″ west-32.2″ south -37.8″ north-39.4
    Road is on east and south and it is a corner plot
    Hi,
    It is a gau-mukh property and so is okay.
    Admin

  • March 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    Hi
    Iam planning to buy this rectangular land which has been cut into
    2 parts by a high way
    Can u pls tell me if it’s ok
    One piece is like cow face , other is triangle.
    Hi,
    You can buy it but the triangular part is virtually not usable especially if it is of small dimensions.
    Admin

  • April 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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    Dear sir ,i want to buy a plot which dimensions or as follows.
    EAST FACING:32 FEET
    NORTH SIDE :49.6 FEET
    SOUTH SIDE: 43.2 FEET
    WEST SIDE: 32.8 FEET
    IS IT GOOD FOR VASTHU,CAN I BUILD A GOOD HOME IN THIS DIMENSIONS.
    Hi,
    You have not mentioned which direction it faces.
    Admin

  • April 6, 2017 at 12:13 am
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    Hello Sir,
    I have plan to buy site. It is North facing site
    North facing width is 40
    East line it is 59
    West Line it is 60
    South line is cross due to length variations in ease & west line.
    is it good to buy this. As it is a huge investment. I am in dilemma. Please guide
    Hi,
    The 1′ difference is not a big one, so it will not affect the site adversely. But the final call is yours since it is a huge investment. Go with your gut instinct.
    Admin

  • April 7, 2017 at 2:27 am
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    Respected Sir,
    we are looking to merge 2 apartments to 1 which is still under construction,we will be going to talk to builder tomorrow regarding price etc, but wanted to check for your guidance on Vaastu. there will be 3 floors and only 1st floor is vacant
    PLot is North Facing, Main door of house is East facing
    E: 50’0″ , W ” 52’7″ , N : 39’3″ , S : 38’5″
    1. Plot dimension are less in back is this fine ?
    2. if we merge 2 flats and take the complete floor, then in between East i will have the stairs & lift coming up.. so the house inside will be like M shape is this fine ?
    I cannot attach the plan here.
    Hi,
    Merging two flats and the resultant M shape is okay but make sure the plan is such that, not much space is wasted in circulation.
    Admin

  • April 22, 2017 at 7:04 am
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    sir,
    I’m planning to buy one industrial plot for engineering industries details are below
    1-Plot area -966 sq mtrs
    2-plot shape is
    -south east angle-71 degree
    -North east angle-105 degree
    -North west angle-92 degree
    -South west angle – 92 degree
    3- sides of plot
    – North side 19.72 mtrs
    – East side 40.69 mtrs
    – West side 37.22 mtrs
    – South side 31.29 mtrs
    4- Road -North side 12 mtrs
    – East side 34 mtrs
    5- One Electric high tension pole 12mtrs from south east corner
    Kindly review the plot and guide us it is OK for engineering industries or Not.
    Hi,
    From the North road, it is a good gau-mukh site but from the East road which is the main wide road, it is not. So you need to take a call based on the gut feeling that you get.
    Admin

  • May 12, 2017 at 3:32 am
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    I have south west corner plot road at south and west. and North-West projected at West.
    Kindly advice abut this plot.
    Hi,
    It is an okay site according to me.
    Admin

  • May 15, 2017 at 12:53 am
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    Hi Sir,
    We are buying a corner site and wanted to check its vastu. Below are its dimesnions,
    East- 12.15 Mtrs
    North – 12mtrs
    South – 12 mtrs
    West – 11.89 mtrs.
    Site is facing North and west.
    From Ease,west,north and south roads are connecting.
    PLease advise if its a good dimension and shape to buy. below is the link of the layout and site #is 267.
    Hi,
    It is a gau-mukh site which is considered good.
    Admin

  • May 23, 2017 at 8:24 am
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    Dear sir,
    please advice me .. North face 15.5feet width road facing.. rear side 26feet..left side 59.5feet and right side 64 feets..can I buy the land
    Hi,
    It is a gau-mukh site which is considered auspicious.
    Admin

  • June 9, 2017 at 11:40 am
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    Hello sir, we are planning to buy a house in USA which has cut at the corner. The house is north facing.can i purchase such type of homes. If can i get ur email id i can attach the pictures of the plot for ur reference.
    Hi,
    If the cut is in the North East it is not considered auspicious.
    Admin

  • June 14, 2017 at 9:29 am
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    An east facing flat with kitchen in East direction, master bedroom north west , with the balcony of master bedroom slightly triangluar shaped . Is it vaastu compatible for a family?
    Hi,
    I don’t see any vastu problems.
    Admin

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