FAccording to Vastu Shastra, the Site slope affects the design of the house and the flow of the run-off around the house. Two plots may be identical in size and orientation but the natural slope of the plot determines the overall energy balance of the plot. Therefore before you buy a plot, it is essential to look at the natural slope of the plot. Vaastu lays down guidelines to aid you in the Selection of a Site with the ideal ‘Slope’.
Slope applies not only to the property but also to land surrounding the property, roofs and floor levels within a building and a room. Generally, the slopes that influence the Vaastu of a property the most are the natural slopes of the surrounding land and the property itself. A downward slope amplifies the flow of energy down the slope.
The natural slope plays an important role in the overall energy balance of any plot but just the slope and its direction must never be the only criteria for accepting or rejecting a plot. All the Vastu Shastra factors including the slope and the main directional axis of the land 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.
According to Vastu Shastra, what is the ideal direction for the slope of a site?
For each of the four directions, how should the site slope?
What are the other Vastu guidelines for sites regarding slope of the land?
Is there any solution for sites which do not have the required slope of the land?
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, IN WHAT DIRECTION SHOULD THE SITE SLOPE IDEALLY?
North-West should be higher than the North-East corner,
South-East should be higher than the North-West corner,
South-West should be higher than the South-East corner.
FOR EACH OF THE FOUR DIRECTIONS, HOW SHOULD THE SITE SLOPE?
In East facing sites, the slope should be downwards to the North-East direction from the South-East, from the North-West to the North-East and from the South-West corner down to the South-East. This way, the North-east corner is the lowest.
In West facing plots, the slope should be directed downwards to the North-West corner from the South-West, from the South-West towards the South-East and from the North-West corner down to the North-East corner. This ensures that the North-West corner is low.
In North facing plots, the site should slope down from the North-West corner to the North-East, from South-East towards the North-East and from the South-West downwards to the North-West corner to ensure that the North-East corner is the lowest.
In South facing plots the slope should be downwards to the South-East corner from the South-West corner, downwards from the South-West to the North-West and down from the South-East to the North-East. This way the South-east corner is low.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER VASTU GUIDELINES FOR SITES REGARDING SLOPES?
Avoid plots with a depressed or raised centre: Avoid plots humped at the center and sloping on all sides. Similarly avoid plots that are depressed at the center. The Logic- If the center is either too depressed or humped, it is difficult and expensive to level the site as it may even have rock below, which will have to be blasted out.
The road level should be lower than the Site: The Logic- Normally there is a storm water drain between the Site and the road, so when there is heavy rainfall, even if the drain overflows, the excess water will flow onto the road instead of the site. Also, all the excess water from the site will flow out into the drain and road instead of vice-versa.
IS THERE ANY SOLUTION FOR SITES THAT DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED SLOPE AS PER VASTU SHASTRA?
In cities, it is difficult to get sites that meet the requirements of Vastu. However, there are ways of correcting sites that are not in accordance with Vastu.
Plot sloping down from the North-East: The Solution- If the North-East corner is at a higher elevation than other sides of the property, you can dig soil from that corner and dump it in the South and West portions. This way the land will slope down from the South-West toward the North-East.
Plot with a raised/humped centre: The Solution- If the plot is raised in the centre then, the earth can be dug out and dumped towards the South-West of the plot.
Plot with a depressed centre: The Solution- If the plot is depressed in the centre, then earth can be dug out from the rest of the Site and filled in the centre to balance out the levels.
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