VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | SITE SHAPE

VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | SITE SHAPE

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. 
SITE SHAPE
Since Vaastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t, instead of blindly following them like a superstition.


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.

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.

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 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.

This post was about the importance of  ‘Site Shape’ in the Selection of a Site. Read about another important Vastu Shastra consideration when Selecting a Site, namely:

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11 Responses to “VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | SITE SHAPE”

  1. LINA says:

    MY LOT IS WIDER IN FRONT WHICH IS NORTH SIDE. AS U GO BACK IT IS RECTANGULAR UPTO 2/3 AND WHEN1/3 REMAINS IT STARTS TO NORROW FROM WEST SIDE. YOU CAN SAY A RECTANGULAR LOT WITH EXTENSION IN SOUTH EAST. IS IT OK ? DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING ?
    PLEASE ADVISE
    THANKS
    Hi Lina,
    From what I understand, it is not an extension but the site is tapering towards the south. Leave it as it is.
    Admin

  2. kumar says:

    can we buy site near to public water tank??

  3. jegee says:

    Thanku for valuable advice! If the piece of land is L shaped ! Can we use d extra arm as a car park n make d house into an rectangular one? Or we can only make it as a garden
    Hi Jegee,
    Both ideas are good.
    Admin

  4. pushpa manjunath says:

    Hi, I want an advice for this size of the plot.
    I have built a house on foll dimension of the plot
    North East- to south east 54
    southEast to south west 90
    north east to north wast 72
    north west to south west 54

    Please suggest any alteration required as I am staying in this bldg. for last 17years but not a penny can be saved pl advice.
    Hi Pushpa Manjunath,
    You have not mentioned which side your site is facing. Anyhow, don’t blame the site. But if it is constantly niggling in your mind, I think you should plant some hedge or compound wall in such a way that the plot becomes rectangular in plan. This way you may feel some change will be there.
    Admin

  5. Amit Laha says:

    Hello sir
    I have seen a house which is on triangular site. But it is very big site of 950 SQ M. Front is very wide and back became slick but all three sides are in straight line House is already built. quite rectangular. house.and it has big back yard. If we construct an wall at the very end to make it rectangular then is it good? Please let me know your views
    REgards, Amit Laha
    Hi Amit Laha,
    Preferably have walls or fences on three sides so that the site appears to be a rectangle.
    Admin

  6. abhilasha udainiya says:

    Hi
    My plot is east facing with 40 ft in front 40 ft on south side but 48 ft at backside giving it an irregular shape.The house built on it will be in a rectangular shape. Kindly advise how to avoid the effect on it.
    Hi Abhilasha,
    There is no problem as you will be having a rectangular building. Use the irregularly shaped land around the building for a garden etc.
    Admin

  7. Sam says:

    Hi, I’ve been searching for explanations on why the shape of a plot is so important and your post is the only explanation that I have found so thank you. I can see the reason for downward sloping plots being less favourable – the Sun’s energy can not flow through them as easily. Any thoughts?
    Hi Sam,
    You are right that sloping sites can obstruct the Sun’s rays. But then, if the site is higher in the South and lower in the North towards the NE corner, then it is a favourable site, because the Sun rises in the NE and moves to the SE, then the SW and finally sets towards the NW. So at any time of the day, every part of the site gets sunlight. This is the reason why in vastu, the NE part of the building should always be lowest and the SW part, the highest.
    Admin

  8. Rakesh says:

    Dear sir,
    I have one house which is shape of 7 and east facing, front: south east – north east 30 ft but middle : south to north is 15 ft on 10 ft from west (back side) and west-north to east-north is 30 and west-south to east-south is 10 and 30.back:: south west – north west 24 ft. Please advise can it be gaumukhi if we setoff 6 ft from front where size of plot is west to east is 24-15-20-25-30.
    Hi Rakesh,
    I have not understood the plan of your house/site clearly. But from what I can make out, I assume you want to setback by 6′ so that the site dimensions are more regular and rectangular. You can do all that provided the room dimensions are not affected. There is no point in wasting site space and making small rooms around just for following Vastu.
    Admin

  9. Raja says:

    Hi Sir,
    I want to take a home for rent which is in cross direction,i had compared to other houses of that street, they are also constructed in same manner.please suggest me can i take it.
    Hi Raja,
    I do not clearly understand what you mean by cross direction. Does it mean that the house is not aligned to the cardinal directions? Either way, it is fine and will not make much of a difference. You can be reassured by the fact that all the houses in the street are in the same directions.
    Admin

  10. Sowmya says:

    There is a corner site that we are interested to purchase and we would like your advise on the same. The North and West sides are bound by roads and the South and East sides are bound by sites. It is a trapezium and the site measures as follows – 47 ft on the North side, 42 ft on the West side, 60 ft on the South side and 40 ft on the East side. Please advise if it is auspicious to proceed further.
    Hi Sowmya,
    This is a gaumukhi site from the North side which is considered auspicious in Vastu Shastra.
    Admin

  11. praveen says:

    I am thinking of buying and house. The built up house is exactly square shaped but the plot is odd shaped. Two sides are straight and these are the north and east facing sides. the west side is straight up to half the length of the plot and then tapers directly joining the east side point resulting in a trapezium. Hence the effect is that the garden is kind of triangular shaped. Will this pass vaastu? Is it worth proceeding based on the fact the house is facing north and is square shaped
    Thanks for any advice!!!
    Hi Praveen,
    The good thing is that the house is square shaped. In my opinion the triangular garden is okay. But if you do not feel comfortable about it, then build low compound walls on the west and south sides to make the plot square/rectangular.
    Admin

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