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 remedies for defects in the Site shape?
What are the effects of odd dimensions in a site?
In Vastu Shastra, is there any solution for odd 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 shaped Site is also considered good: especially if the longer sides run North 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. But in case the site has a cut in the North-East, then there are remedies which you can read about in my post Remedies for North-East defects

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.



Cut corners in the North-East are not good whereas an extension in the NE is considered very good. The Reasoning- The North-East is the direction from which the morning sun rays engulfs the house in the morning and hence should be kept open without any obstructions. So, if it is cut then the amount of light entering from the NE corner is limited. However, if the NE is extended/projected, there will be a lot more open space which will ensure more unobstructed sunlight.

Remedy for cut in the North-East:  In case a cut in the North-East corner cannot be avoided, then you can follow these remedies:

  • Place 2 mirrors such that the cut North East corner is reflected in mirror. This creates an illusion of extension of North East corner.
Irregular plan



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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187 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU | SITE SHAPE | An Architect Explains

  • February 19, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Hi sir I have build the house conforming to all vastu compliant but unknowing in South facing house the potico is elongated in South and southeast by two feet .among three pillars in South two are in front and one in end which has staircase in southwest is one feet inner from the portico pillar we tool constructed the staircase room by first floor and sheeted it now it appears South West cut and South east elongated .the extend area is two feet including pillar how it cud be corrected what can. Do janani n cut area of two feet please help very much confused of it .

  • February 23, 2019 at 4:08 am

    plot 20′ in west 40′ in east surrounded by adjacent house extended towards north east hypotenous touching with colony road. want to use a godown and office on 1st floor. pl. advice

  • March 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Hello sir, we are buying a plot which is south facing .
    Below are the dimensions
    West side – 8.93 m
    East side – 13.43 m
    North side – 17.03 m
    South side – 19.98 m
    Wheather the plot is good from Vastu point of view ?

  • March 8, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Buying north West projection by 1 feet along north how to correct it

  • April 25, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I am panning to buy a gomukha land. East 20.6ft,west 37 ft, south 68ft and north 65 ft. Extension is on south west. East facing toward road. Please suggest to buy it or not.

  • May 26, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I am planning to buy land (plot)Please refer size of the plot
    East to West on the Northern side = 55 feet
    East to West on the Southern side = 57 feet
    North to South on the eastern side = 50 feet
    North to South on the western side = 50 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

  • June 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Dear sir ,I want to buy a plot for Home make which dimensions as follows.
    Main Gate North Side

  • July 2, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Hi,I booked irregular plot. Please guide me whether I shell buy it or cancel the purchasing .

  • July 3, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Pl let me know

    Cut in North East …There is a stair case common to all flats.this flat is cut in North East .It has a stair case

  • July 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Our plot is almost a rectangular one with direction NESW in the corners and NE SE SW NW. The main door is facing NE.
    Stairs climbing SE turning anti clockwise.
    N puja room
    Behind puja kitchen. Cooking facing N of NE
    Are there I’ll effects. What are the consequences. Can it be rectified

  • July 8, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Dear sir..

    according to your instruction my land is a really gau-mukh land.. but the land face is at East side with main road.. sir can you plz advise it is good for bulding a house.

  • July 9, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I would like to buy plot in chennai its west facing and plot size 15ft by 60ft. Frontage 15 ft.
    Can i buy it, is it good or bad.

  • July 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Hello sir, I am planning to buy house which is a bit triangular shape. Please guide me about any vastu problem. Can i send you map of the house if you give me your mail address.

  • August 12, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I have purchased a flat which is L shaped inside a rectangular shaped building . Entry is from NW Is it inauspicious? Are they any remedies for the same?

  • August 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    My flat is south facing
    Is this size is ok
    The golden ratio is 1.618 which is applied to most things in geometry, architecture. So in your case the length is more than the ideal length. But you cant be too fussy about these things.

  • September 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hi a square shaped land having an oval shape building.. planning to buy a flat in this building is there any vastu dosh in it? The flat will be road facing with south west side open
    As long as the individual flats are regular rectangle/square shaped, there is nothing to worry about. SW side gets very hot, so protect the rest of the flat from the heat by growing tall plants in the SW balconies

  • September 12, 2019 at 3:13 am

    wow! i came to know some of the things that i never knew before. when it came to houses, i thought that we needed to care about was the entrance and the way the room are constructed. but obviously there is so much more. and it’s so overwhelming too.
    nevertheless, thanks a lot for sharing!
    Thank you for the appreciation. I’m glad this blog has been useful to you.

  • October 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I have Gomukhi plot in which i am planning to build house with either North west north (guest room)OR South west south extension (master bedroom)
    Which option shall I prefer
    The extension in the NW is considered less harmful than that in the SW.

  • October 25, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Hi Sir,
    I am planning to buy the house , the plot shape is Gomukhi . The plot is east facing and road is on the east side but house on the plot is south east facing and back is broad on west side. The plot/house on the cul de sac. I am not able to attach the picture of the plot shape here. I really hope you reply to this .
    An East facing and G0u-mukhi site are positives.So if you feel good about this site, go for it.

  • October 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Hi Sir,

    I am planning to buy the house , the plot shape is Gomukhi . The plot is east facing and road is on the east side but house on the plot is south east facing and back is broad on west side. The plot/house on the cul de sac. I am not able to attach the picture of the plot shape here. I really hope you reply to this . Please let me know if you want to see the pic of the plot.

  • January 5, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Dear Sir, I’m planning to buy a North facing plot with slight projection towards south west forming a quadrilateral. Kindly advise me

  • January 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Hello sir,
    Hoping to get a reply from you.
    Planning to buy a site(corner, road on South and east side)
    East 41 feet, west 22 feet, north 51 feet, south 55 feet.
    Please advise about the same for residential purpose.
    Waiting for your valuable reply.

  • March 17, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I have sent you a plan of my apartment that I intend to buy at your email address [email protected]. Can you please respond to my email.


    Best Regards


  • April 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

    My plot is EAST Facing with east North and South sides are road and west side is closed. Size is EN to ES – 27’8″, WN to WS – 39’8″, WN to EN – 75’10″and WS to ES – 74’10”. it’s mean front side is shorter than rear side. Anything correction should needed. Kindly suggest as I worry of health issue of inmates…

  • August 13, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I am planning to build a house Please let me know is there any dosha.
    North-west extended corner site.

    East 36 FEET
    west 76 FEET
    south 40 FEET
    North 56-6 FEET

    Is it possible to utilize extended space in north-west.

  • August 17, 2020 at 10:49 am


    We are planned to buy a villa, the plot is east facing and it is kind off have narrowed front and extended back. Specially it is extended in south west corner and narrowed in south east corner. Also there is a servant room in the north west corner with attached bath room on the west. Please advice me how to go with this. If you could provide your contact details, i can provide the pictures.


  • September 24, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Hi I have a east facing site which is rectangular but the rear part of the site is cross , another site is north facing narrow in the front and broader in the rear which one should I consider.

  • October 2, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Regarding “rectangle shaped site is also considered good, …”
    I am having a rectangle shaped land, the longer sides run East-West (orientation).
    So, I am thinking about getting a square house design in such a rectangle, horizontal, wide land.
    Which means, high possibility of the main (door) entrance facing East, and back door facing West.
    Correct me if I am wrong, I understand the concern is the afternoon sun issue, where light & heat would be problematic on the west side of the house.
    And advice regarding the house design (position of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, family hall, kitchen), and ways to provide shades for the house, especially the west side?
    Would this design be good (auspicious)?
    Look forward & appreciate any good tips, comments, suggestions.

  • October 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Hello Sir,
    Greetings from a tropical country.
    Due to rectangle land size (30M width x 20M length), the longer side facing East-West, I am thinking about a single-storey house design that is rectangle shaped with a family hall, kitchen, 3 bed rooms, 2 bathrooms. It would not look nice for a North-Side orientation as generally understood to be ideal, Due to land shape and direction, I need advice (if possible, a sample house design). Look forward to any advice with regards to a viable house that allows natural lighting, good air-ventilation. and ways to shade the wide walls infrom the afternoon sun (West).

  • January 13, 2021 at 5:07 am

    Sir, I am trying to purchase a plot with west facing is 40 feet 6 inch in front and 38 feet 6inch in back side, 50 feet length on both side. can I buy it!

  • January 14, 2021 at 3:44 am

    I have purchased a plot with Road on East and on North.
    Plot size as follows:
    East to West on North side is 41 feet
    East to West on South side is 42.8 feet
    East side is 34 feet
    West side is 34 feet
    Planning to build house of North facing. Should the triangle on North to South on West side be separated or left as empty space.
    Please advise.

  • January 24, 2021 at 5:04 am

    Hi Sir,

    I’m planning to buy a plot which is South east facing and the site has an extension in the back towards West direction. I believe it is Gomukhi.
    Please advise if this is fine.

    Thanks & BR,
    Kaushik BV

  • January 28, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Sir I’m planning to buy a plot which is North west corner with following measurements.
    North 24.27 feet
    east 22.47 feet
    west 22.47 feet
    south 30.83 feet
    Can we utilize complete plot and build a house or as its not square or rectangular is this not auspicious.
    Kindly confirm

  • March 8, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I am planning to buy a land ..which has some inward bend in North West side.. is there any vastu issue

  • March 14, 2021 at 2:09 am

    I am considering buying a South West corner site. It is a quadrilateral site with the following dimensions:
    West: 47.7 feet (SW tilt)
    East: 75.11 feet (SE tilt)
    North: 73.6 feet (NW tilt)
    South: 22.41 feet (SW tilt)
    Can this accomodate a decent sized rectangular house? would you advise investing in such a property?

  • April 30, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Hi sir, its a corner 1st plot, East Side road starts from my plot. north to South direction.
    In North side government land open space.
    Willing to construct house North facing by leaving 30 feet own land in front.
    Dimensions are:
    East to West 15feet north side, East to West South Side 30 feet, north to South East Side 35 feet, North to South West Side 40feet.
    Please suggest, should I plan or not?
    Regards Krishna
    Thank you?.

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