Understanding Vastu Shastra | An Architect’s Experience

As an Architect practising in Bangalore, India, I have often been instructed by my clients to apply Vastu Shastra rules to the design of their houses. Since we are not taught Vastu Shastra in our Bachelor of Architecture course, I decided to learn the subject by myself, from several insightful books. Surprisingly, I found it an easy subject to learn, since Vastu Shastra guidelines are wholly based on scientific principles and very similar to the basic design rules that we are taught in Architecture school…….

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Vastu Shastra Explained By An Architect

Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian ‘Architectural Science’ that lays down rules for the design and construction of buildings. Vastu Shastra takes into account the factors influencing a site and instructs how to bring about harmony between man, nature and his built environment. As an Architect practising in India, I have realised that Vastu Shastra is not a superstition and is quite similar to the Architectural science that I was trained in. Both these sciences take into account the local, surrounding climate to create pleasant and airy spaces in which one can spend a substantial amount of time without feeling uncomfortable . Here, I have explained how you can benefit from Vastu Shastra by using the Vastu guidelines scientifically, in the design and construction of a building or ‘Vastu….

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Vastu Shastra Factors That Impact A House

Vastu Shastra, which literally translated means ‘the Science of Buildings’ takes into account the factors influencing a Site such as topography, roads, surrounding structures, the Sun’s effects, Earth’s magnetic field, Earth’s energy fields, the cardinal directions and Nature’s elements. Vastu shastra lays down guidelines and tips for the ‘design of buildings’, so that Man can benefit from the useful and positive effects of these factors and is protected from the harmful and negative effects. An Architect explains these Vastu factors……

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Vastu Shastra Principles | An Architect Explains

The goal of Vaastu Shastra is to restore the balance between buildings and the universe so as to make the lives of the inmates better. For this, Vastu lays down some principles which are set, rigid rules and were originally meant for only temples and palaces. However, these principles gradually spread by word of mouth and were used for houses as well. Surprisingly,Vastu principles are applicable even today, though ancient India has changed from a largely agricultural society to the birth of many urban cities today. An Architect explains……

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Vastu Guidelines For Designing A House | An Architect Explains

Though Vastu Shastra is an ancient building science, it’s principles are applicable even today. This is because the Vastu factors like the elements of nature, Sun’s effects, Earth’s magnetic field, cardinal directions have not changed over the centuries and Vaastu Shastra is essentially the science of manipulating these Vastu factors in a building, so that the balance is restored between the building and the universe, which will then make the lives of the inmates happy and peaceful. Here are some simple Vastu tips to help you design a harmonious house……

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Vastu For The Interiors Of A House | An Architect Explains

Vastu Shastra lays down guidelines on the ‘design, location, direction and disposition of the Interior and Exterior spaces of a House’ so that the inmates derive maximum benefit from the natural elements. These guidelines are based on scientific reasoning and common sense and when applied correctly create well-ventilated and well-designed rooms. An Architect explains the placement of furniture, doors, windows, gadgets according to Vastu guidelines in Interiors……

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Vastu Guidelines For A Positive Home | An Architect Explains

There is a constant interaction between Man and the surrounding natural elements like the Sun, Wind, Air, Water, Earth’s magnetic field and the directions. Man benefits from the useful, positive effects of these Natural elements but needs to be protected from their harmful and negative effects. Vastu Shastra lays down guidelines on the ‘design, location, direction and disposition of the Interior and Exterior spaces of a House’ so that the inmates derive maximum benefit from the natural elements and there is a natural flow of positive energy through all the rooms…..

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