The Compound wall protects the site from animals, thieves, etc and serves to demarcate the boundary of the property.  Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Construction of the Compound Wall, and the possible scientific reasons and logic on which they were based, so that you an decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.



Compound Wall construction: The third thing to be constructed  after the Water Well and the Storage Shed is the Compound Wall. This should be built just before the construction of the House begins. The Reasoning - The purpose of the Compound wall is to protect the site and the material stored in the Storage shed, from the outside environment, from thieves, etc. However, if there are buildings all around the site, the Compound wall can be done after the construction.
Begin Compound Wall construction in South-East: Construction should begin on an auspicious day. The Reasoning - Since the Compound wall is meant to protect from the elements ans thieves etc,  psychologically the owner will feel that he will be protected if the construction is done at an auspicious time.
Northern part of Compound Wall to be built last : The Reasoning - The Northern and Eastern sides are to be left open to allow Sunlight into the House, and the building is to be built in the South-West corner. Therefore, it is advisable to build the North Compound wall later as it is easier to dump building materials in the Northern open space.
Compound Wall should not be higher than the House: The Reasoning - If the Compound wall is higher than the house, it will cut off light to the House.
compoundCompound Wall should be higher and thicker in the South and West sides : The Compound walls on the North and East sides should be a foot (12 inches) shorter than on the West and South sides. If this is not possible, then the North and East sides should be a minimum of (3 inches) shorter. The Reasoning – The higher and thicker Compound wall on the South-West, prevents the hot evening Sun rays from heating up the house and the lower compound on the North-East allows the useful morning Sunlight into the House.
Compound Wall should be two-thirds the height of the main door: The Reasoning - The Compound wall should not be taller than the house but should be tall enough to give the inmates a sense of privacy.


Two gates are preferrable: The Reasoning - It makes sense to have a big gate for the car to enter and a smaller gate which is easier to handle near the entrance.

Avoid gates in the extreme corners: The Reasoning - It is inconvenient to open and close a gate that is fixed to the corners of the wall.

Main gate and the entrance door should face the same direction: The Reasoning - For visitors entering through the gate, it is easier for them to notice the main door if the door is also facing the same direction as the gate.

Avoid a gate in the South side: The Reasoning - The South is not considered auspicious for an entrance, but obviously if your Site is a South facing one, the gate has to be in the South side.

Gates should open clockwise: The Reasoning - Since the majority of the population is right-handed, it is easier to push open a door or gate in the clockwise direction.


This post was about the Construction of the Compound Wall. Read about the next Stage of Construction:


  1. Pavan says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have a south facing site which is 50 feet width. Bangalore’s set back laws are such that I have to leave 10 feet on the west and 5 feet on the east.
    This is against the vaastu principle as indicated in your columns.
    Can you kindly provide any suggestions on how this contraint can be circumvented ? THe option of leaving 11 feet on the east means, I have only 30 feet for contruction.
    Any ideas you can offer ?
    Regards, Pavan

    Dear Mr Pavan,
    There are lots of people with south facing plots who interchange the left and right setbacks, in order to have more setback (10′ in your case) to the East and the less setback (5′) to the west. It is perfectly acceptable and will allow more sunlight into your house. Of course you have to get sanction from the authorities, which is not usually a problem.

  2. संजय बरबडे says:

    बहुत अच्छी जानकारी दि है । काफी अच्छा लगा ।
    अगले बार जानकारी के साथ डायग्राम या स्केच देते तो और समझने में
    आसान होता . धन्यवाद
    (Translation: You have given very good information. Appreciate it a lot.
    Next time if you give information along with diagram or sketch, it will be easier to understand. Thank you Sanjay)
    Thank you Sanjay,
    I agree, accompanying diagrams will make the understanding easier. But I am not able to add them to this site template.

  3. vijay says:

    The information given here is very nice and important for future architecture.
    Hi Vijay,
    Thank you. Glad you appreciate it. Please share with in your circle.

  4. Jim Geoghegan says:

    your article makes sense, i love it.

  5. avi says:

    sir i need book VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES plz he
    Hi Avi,
    You can refer to my posts on Vastu Shastra.

  6. Santosh Kumar Sahu says:

    The information given by you is very useful. thanks
    Thank you Santosh Kumar Sahu, I would appreciate it if you can share it in your social circles.

  7. raj says:

    Hello sir
    this article is very informative.
    I just wanted to know that is ok if we don’t have compounds
    as ours is a NE corner site but very small plot 720 Sq Ft.
    Plz mail me
    Thank you Raj, I would appreciate you sharing it in your social circles. There is no compulsion to have compound walls but there is a lack of privacy. Animals can easily enter. it may encourage passers-by to come close to the house and peep in. By avoiding the 6″ compound walls you won’t save much space.

  8. BHAGYASREE says:

    which Directions of the gates is preferable, please suggest
    Hi Bhagyasree,
    The direction of the gate is dictated by the direction your plot faces since you will enter from the road. But in case of two roads, it is preferable to have at least one gate and some open space towards the North or East of the plot.

  9. Kandwal says:

    thanks sir ..
    Thank you Kandwal for your appreciation. Please share

  10. jayasubbareddy says:

    sir my plot having east.north roads facing north,we need small gate in east,in north side main door opposite small gate side big gate .how many gates possible in vastu
    Hi Jayasubbareddy,
    For a house, 2 gates are sufficient. You can add the second gate in the East.

  11. Bharathi says:

    Our house is east main gate is in the north east for the car and us to we have one more car. can we open the southeast side as we Can park the other car there.according to vastu is this feasible
    Hi Bharathi,
    Sure, you can have one more gate in the South-East.

  12. sudipto bhattacharjee says:

    i reside in south facing plot my road in front my residence flowing from south to east and from south to west my compound gate is on south side and my home entering door facing east
    so my question is which one is my main door according to vastu sastra the compound wall gate or door entering my house
    Hi Sudipto,
    The main door according to Vastu, is always the door through which you enter the house. Since your main door is facing east, it is ideal.

  13. Subba says:

    Looking to buy a 200 sq Ft. plot south facing since there is no raod on the east , north and west sides. Can we buy this plot in a view to construct a house with Main entrance of the house to be in EAST but the main gate will be in South Side.
    Hi Subba,
    It’s a good idea.

  14. suseela says:

    I have a site with 13 cents , it has closed compound with gate when i purchased it
    can we start construction within compound ? or it has to demolish ?
    Hi Suseela,
    You can start construction without demolishing the wall. But if the gate is small, then you may have to demolish a part of the wall near the gate to enable easy transportation of construction material.

  15. P.Yesu Babu says:

    Dear Sir,

    In my house there is a compound wall gate in north side of the house, my opposite house end corner of their house west corner was exactly opposite to my compound wall gate. Is any problem for this please explain it.
    P.Yesu Babu
    Hi Yesu Babu,
    There is no harm in having the compound gates opposite to each other.

  16. arth says:

    have the main rod only on south side
    so compound wall gate has to be on south side only.
    pls suggest.
    Hi Arth,
    Have the compound wall and car porch in the South-East.

  17. Naidu says:

    Dear Sir,I have a WEST facing villa.Builder kept the set back 10 feet on the west ( entrance side) and 5 feet on the east ( rear of the house) .
    This is against the vaastu principle as indicated in your columns.
    Can you kindly provide any suggestions on how this constraint can be rectified with remedies? builder says he can’t change the front elevation. if there are no remedies done, what is the effect of this kind defect?
    Thank you.
    Hi, Since you have less setback in the East, make sure you keep it clutter-free and open to allow the useful, morning sunlight into the house. Avoid tall trees, shrubs or obstacles in the East. If it is possible, have long windows (upto the floor) on this side of the house. All these measures will allow you to enjoy the morning light.

  18. ASJ KRISHNA says:

    Dear Sir

    Articles which you are publishing is very useful. I have question regarding Compound length /breath:

    1. My House is facing West Side
    2. I have maintained wall South/West side same height and North/East maintained same height which is lower than South West

    3. Lengths : South West to South East – 51.3 ft
    North West to North East – 51.1 ft
    South to North (west side front) – 35 ft
    South to North (east side back) – 35.7 ft
    4. Question how to do corrections at South West Corner Compound
    Please advice.

    Thank you Jai Krishna,
    Your site is not a perfect rectangle with 90 degree corners, but the difference is very small and you need not do anything about the compound walls. It is sufficient if the house has 90 degree angles.

  19. If the compound wall of one plot is joined with the other plot compound wall(both are different heights & in between there is no space between two walls)is any problem according to the vastu.
    HI Venkata Borra,
    It is better to have the compound walls attached to each other without a space between, as it will be a dirt collection area.

  20. Dr D S Prasad says:

    Your suggestions are very useful.

    I have a plot facing south 72×50 ft 72 ft length on the south side.From the right after 15ft there is a road 30 ft width facing the 72ft length side(at 90 degrees angle) and then the remaining length(72-30-15ft) will follow.If we want to have 2 gates as suggested on the south side,could you kindly advise us the relevant vasthu guidelines?
    Thank you Dr Prasad,
    I assume the spearing road is from the South and hits the South-East corner which is okay in Vastu. you can have both gates in this corner and use the space for a double car porch – 18′ width and 15′ depth. Keep the compound wall high where the spearing road is visible.

  21. rakesh jain says:

    in my house the boundary gate is on north east but it is on extreme corner it is good or not, the total front area is 40ft,and the gate widht is about 8ft. i can not shift the gate because it is in front of open area if i shift it then i can not keep 4 wheeler. please advise me what to do.
    With Regards
    Rakesh Jain
    Hi Rakesh Jain,
    The gate is in front of your car porch and is the right place to be. Don’t shift it.

  22. Siva says:

    Dear sir
    I am constructing a house and ground floor is left for parking and 2 portions are constructed in 1st floor with staircase in middle. Can I have 3 gates ( 2 for car parking and 1 small one infront of staircase)? Please clarify
    Hi Siva,
    You can have the 3 gates since the ground floor is used for parking only.

  23. Nilesh Mahatme says:

    It’s such useful information for dream home. Everyone feels to have own house, and the information will add star to dream.
    Thanks for useful hint.
    Thank you Nilesh Mahatme for the appreciation.

  24. chelladurai says:

    I plan to build a house. At present i want make a compound wall in my land. May i know how many feet width required for main gate.My land width is 41 feet and length is 101.5 feet. My plan is 8 feet width main gate. is it correct?
    Hi Chelladurai,
    A minimum width of 9′ is preferable especially when reversing a car. Ideally it should be 10′.

  25. Rajesh Rathi says:

    Dear Sir / Mam ,
    I have visited your Web site and all the information given is very Helpful . Further , I want to construct compound wall for my Newly purchased open plot. In this regards, I have very much like the picture of red and brown stone which mentioned on the page of compound wall Now , I want to know from your end: a) Where should I get this stones in India ? b) will you send me their complete address and phone number ?
    For the above information from your end , I will be grateful to you. Thanking you .
    From : Rajesh Rathi, Amravati , Maharashtra
    Hi Rajesh Rathi,
    The stones in the picture look like sandstone.

  26. Venkatesh G says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have Purchased south facing plot, would like to know ideal position for trees like neem, amla and small flower plants. Also suggest car garage and position for small and big gates.
    If possible, please give a proper design of all rooms of house.
    Hi Venkatesh,
    Since you have so many requirements, it is better you consult a vastu consultant.

  27. Subhash says:

    Dear Sir,
    I constructed the house as per vaasthu guidelines. Now somebody suggesting need to build vaastu boudry around the house addition to the compound wall. My house is facing south but main door is facing to east. Is is necessary to have another vaasthu boundry? Suggested vaasthu boundry is affecting garden area and carporch infront of the house. Please give your suggestion.
    Best regards
    Hi Subhash,
    Adding an additional boundary is just going to eat up your garden space. So why have it? However, if you are keen to do something about it, then grow tall plants along the vastu boundary suggested to you to demarcate.

  28. Subhash says:

    Thank you very much for your reply. It is a very good idea to grow some plants and it will serve as a vaasthu boundry.

    Best regards

  29. Anand says:

    I have a south facing site. I have constructed a two storey house. Ground floor main door is east facing and First floor house is south facing. I have three Gates in the south. One small for people to walk and two big gates to park the car. All the gates are on the south compound wall and all are facing the road. Kindly advise whether having 3 gates is advisable.
    Hi Anand,
    There is no harm in having 3 gates, in fact it is advisable. You have to look at practical convenience in such matters.

  30. kutty says:

    i have south facing i made new entrance gate in the east corner of this plot.facing to main road .please give me advise
    Hi Kutty,
    Okay That is fine.

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