SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR SOUTH FACING HOUSE | An Architect Explains

Most people follow`Vastu Shastra guidelines when buying a Site or looking for a house and the direction that the house (main door) or site faces is the most important consideration. Somehow, South facing houses have earned a very bad reputation. Furthermore, they are usually the last choice (the first, second and third choices being North, East and West respectively). Worse still, South facing sites and houses are usually rejected.
However this is just a wrong misconception. In fact as per Vastu Shastra, a South facing house/site can be very auspicious provided certain Vastu principles are applied correctly.

In this post, I have described the Vastu guidelines for the placement of rooms, the entrance, etc., in a South facing property. But being an Architect, I cannot just list these guidelines unless I explain the  scientific basis to them. So, I have asked and answered the questions related to South facing properties, under the following headings:

What is a South facing house?
What does Vastu Shastra actually say about South facing houses?
What are the Vastu Guidelines for the location of the main door in South facing houses?
What should one avoid in South facing houses?
What rules should one follow in South facing houses?

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WHAT IS A SOUTH FACING HOUSE?

Many people find it difficult to identify the orientation of the house/site. The House/Site orientation can be recognised by one simple action. Stand inside the house or the Site and look out of the main door or gate, as the case may be. So, if you are facing South as you come out of the site/house onto the road, then it is a South facing house.


 


WHAT DOES VASTU SHASTRA SAY ABOUT SOUTH FACING HOUSES?

You must understand that Vastu Shastra has always said that all the directions are equally good, and the auspiciousness of a home doesn’t depend upon the direction. The most important factor is the correct placement (location) of the main door/entrance door. Hence, with South facing houses, one thing that can make it auspicious is the correct positioning of the entrance or main door of the home.

However, the so-called ‘Vastu specialists’ insist that living in a South or West facing house will invite trouble in life etc. and that only East, or North facing properties are good. This is a false myth propagated to make you spend money for solutions and corrections as suggested by the ‘specialists’.

The only reason why East, or North facing properties are preferred is because it is easier to orient each and every room in the ideal locations,  as recommended by Vastu Shastra whereas in a South facing site, it takes more effort to plan the positioning of rooms according to Vastu guidelines. To know more about the ideal design of a house go to Vastu Purusha Mandala. But that does not mean that Vastu Shastra guidelines cannot be applied in a South or West facing site. So take heart!

For each and every direction – be it North, East, South or West –Vastu Shastra lays down specific rules for locating the main entrance door of the house. You must locate the entrance at only the “allowed” places and never in the “prohibited” zones. 

 


WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE POSITIONING OF THE MAIN DOOR IN SOUTH FACING HOUSES?

In a South facing house, the entrance or main door of the house must be located on the 4th pada  of the south side. In order to understand the concept of “pada”, imagine and divide the South length of the house from the South-East (SE) corner point to the South-West (SW) corner point into 9 equal parts; (each part is called as pada or step in Vastu Shastra).

The SE pada is the 1st pada and the SW pada is 9th. This has been indicated in the image below. You can see that that only the “pada” numbered 4 is in green color and the pada’s to the right i.e. pada number 1, 2 and 3 are in orange color whereas the remaining pada’s, from 5 to 9 are in red color.

South Facing House Vastu Padas

Here’s what this means:

  1. The 4th pada (green one) is the best and the most auspicious for entrance or main door of a South facing home.
  2. The pada’s 1, 2 and 3 are the ones that you can use (for entrance/main door) if pada 4 alone is small. But make sure to include pada 4 along with padas 3, 2 or 1. If you’re using space up to pada 1, then make sure that the entrance/main door doesn’t touch the SE corner. Leave at least 6 inches from SE wall.
  3. The pada’s 5 to 9 are prohibited as per vastu shastra, for having an entrance door. Hence, a main door in padas 5 to 9 is inauspicious.

Here’s a summary of the Vastu guidelines for location of the main door in SOUTH facing houses:

  • According to Vastu Shastra, for a South facing house the 4th pada (green coloured) towards the centre in the SE part is the ideal position for locating the main door of the home.
  • If it is not possible, then the entrance can be located in the padas 1, 2,3 (yellow coloured),  towards the SE but you should try to include a part of pada 4.
  • Padas 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, the red ones, should be avoided i.e. you should not locate the entrance of your home in the South West part.


 


ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT SHOULD ONE AVOID IN SOUTH FACING HOUSES?
  • Avoid placing the entrance in the 5th,, 6th,,7th,  8th and 9th padas on the South West part of the house.
  • Avoid locating a bore-well or water sump in the SW part of the site.

  • Never buy a plot or flat having extension in the South or SW.
  • Avoid having a Kitchen in SW part of the house.
  • Avoid a plot that slopes from North to South.
  • Avoid a cut or extension in South.
  • Avoid car parking in South.
  • Avoid keeping more open space in South than North side.


 


ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT TIPS SHOULD ONE FOLLOW IN SOUTH FACING HOUSES?
  • Choose a plot that slopes from South to North.
  • Place the Kitchen in SE or NW of the house; But avoid SW.

  • Locate the entrance in the 4th pada in the South side.
  • You can also use 1st , 2nd and 3rd padas along with the 4th pada, but make sure the 4th pada is included.
  • The walls in South and West must be thicker and higher than those in the East and North.
  • While cooking face towards East (for South-East kitchen) or West (for North-West kitchen).
  • Master bedroom in SW is the best location; if the house has multiple floors then locate the master bedroom at the highest floor.
  • Kid’s room can be in South, West or North-West.
  • A guest bedroom can be placed in North-West.
  • You can have the staircase in South.

So now a lot of you may feel reassured that it is okay if you have a South facing main door or South facing site and it is not something to be worried about. If you believe in Vastu Shastra, it makes sense to make some of the tweaks as suggested in this post to help you feel totally reassured.

Though I normally explain the Vastu Principles scientifically, in this post I chose to only list the Vastu guidelines because I have realised that most of my readers are not keen to know the science behind the guidelines- they only want guidance for the correct location of the main entrance door and rooms. But if you are interested, you could go to my scientifically explained posts:




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48 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR SOUTH FACING HOUSE | An Architect Explains

  • September 30, 2018 at 4:14 am
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    Hello
    If we construct the house in East face, in the south facing site, is it south face or east facing house?

  • April 27, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    I have just rented a house which has its entrance in South west , what are the consequences , what should i do

  • May 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    Want to know that for making equal 9 parts to understand ”pada” do I need to divide land width or house width

  • June 26, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    hi, i liked your article.
    Hi,
    Thank you.
    Admin

  • July 12, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Hi Sir, I am Manvendra
    I Have 2BHK Flat on Rent in Noida. Can These All Remedies Work For My House or It is For Specific Peoples.
    I Also Read Some Remedies Here: Vastu Remedies For South Facing House. These Remedies are helpful or not can you tell me, sir.

  • July 20, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    We are planning to buy a house in NJ,USA. But we found out that its direction is SW. I have been reading all over the internet that south facing house is inauspicious. I need help and your opinion for the same. I will really appreciate if you can help us. I can send you the floor plan.
    Thanks

  • July 21, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Hi, my name is Raj, my house facing south, my kitchen is in the south west corner, my bedroom is in the south east corner, what can I do to correct it according to the vastu rules.

  • August 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Thanks a lot for a detailed explanation. We have seen what a incorrect Vaastu can do to family members. Now while choosing house I do ensure that house is Vaastu compliant. If you could help me with my concern pls, there is water tank (immovable) in south west of my house, is there a remedy for that. My mom falls sick or gets terrible health issues when she stays in this house

  • September 9, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Nice post author. Thank you. Keep it up.
    Hi,
    Thank you.
    Admin

  • October 1, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    South facing house explain very superb thank you

  • December 11, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    I must say such a nice work over Vastu, its good to see that people now a days want to know more about Vastu and you guys are giving ample information about it.
    All around the article was engaging and the words kept me bounded until I reached the conclusion.
    Keep it up guys !!

    Also sharing my platform where people can learn about vastu by taking online classes. I recommend everyone to try learning about Vastu once in a lifetime.

  • January 13, 2020 at 8:32 am
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    Good Morning Sir- Can you please explain the line “Never buy a plot or flat having extension in the South or SW.”. 1. What is extension mean and why there should not be any extension in the south direction for South facing direction. It will be great if you could give the scientific reason behind this.

  • January 21, 2020 at 2:04 am
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    Dear sir,

    Thank you very much for guidelines for south facing house.

    However one problem always appear in such houses that is DRAIN OR sewer line.

    It is advised that drain OR sewer must not flow to south.

    Practically it is not possible because plots are closed from 3 sides & only one side is oopen. his open side would be SOUTH in this case having main drain/sewer line.

    is there any solution to this.

    Regards

    SDP Srivastava

  • January 27, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Good information. Thank you.
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation.
    Admin

  • February 10, 2020 at 5:30 am
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    Very nice post. Cleared do many doubts.
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation. Glad it was useful to you.
    Admin

  • February 19, 2020 at 4:58 am
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    Please tell me, what is the effect of yam pad(gate)in south direction,?means if it is main door.

  • March 2, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Awesome Post ?
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation.
    Admin

  • March 16, 2020 at 10:34 am
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    What is the house is already built and has main entrance not in 1 to 4th pada for a south facing house?. What if there is a south west extension for garage or car parking, and middle of the house there is large entrance door for this south facing property?. This property has a huge backyard which is completely North and East facing. It is so difficult especially while buying a property as one thing or other is not as per Vastu. What Parihara can be done for this situation to each if the main door is in 5th pada or between 4th and 5th pada?. Thanks.

  • April 26, 2020 at 4:41 am
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    Good Information
    Hi,
    Thank you for your appreciation
    Admin

  • May 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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    Like your Blog. Thanks for sharing information.
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation
    Admin

  • May 11, 2020 at 7:44 am
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    Hi,
    I liked reading your article and way you explained. I want to know what should I see if house faces South East direction? Please let me know.
    Thanks

  • May 19, 2020 at 6:41 am
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    Thank you so much for the valuable information .I have a South facing plot and want to construct house.But as it is on road we have to leave a lot of space on road side that is South.So is it ok as per vastu?

  • June 2, 2020 at 7:58 am
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    Very well explained article. Do you do vaaatu complaint architectural design plan from house construction
    Hi,
    Thank you for your appreciation. We don’t do vastu plans only regular plans according to the clients requirements in which some basic vastu principles are followed.
    Admin

  • June 15, 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    Hello
    I just wanted to ask that if d house is not perfectly alined dere is some dgree inclination, so in that case is it possible toh make main gate at 4 pada.. what is d solution for dis. And one more thing if dere is cut in s or sw than what are d remedies one should do plz suggest.. i’ll b greatful if u’ll reply

  • July 12, 2020 at 2:40 am
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    Thank you for the article. It is very informative and clarifies misconceptions about vaastu principles.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your appreciation.
    Admin

  • July 18, 2020 at 4:15 am
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    Hi Admin, Can we keep borewell in the SE? As per vastu it says we need to keep the borewell in the east. My neighbor has a septic tank very near to that. ( around 5 feet). If I keep it as per vastu then it may affect the water in bore well

  • July 26, 2020 at 8:16 am
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    Sir,

    Its so crisp and so much of vtal information. Thank you so very much and its s o fascinating to know about it.

    Keep up this god work sir.

    Regards,

  • July 29, 2020 at 6:31 am
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    Hello Mam / Sir,

    I found your website very informative and I understood lot of scientific reasons for Vaastu.

    We just finalized a property in an apartment. Our flat is located on the 6th floor and there are 4 flats, 2 in the north side and 2 in the south side. And our flat is located on the South east corner. But from the inside our main door is on the south west side of our flat. So we are very confused whether we should go for such a flat or not. Need your guidance on this. If this is not good can we do something to ward off the negative energy of SW side or we should drop this plan.

  • August 6, 2020 at 4:23 am
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    I have an doubt plz clarify. Actually we have our kitchen in the Southwest direction, now planning to have it on North East direction. Is that okay?
    Thanking you
    Suganthi. K

  • August 20, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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    Hello , our house entrance is in 2nd pada of SE . What are the parikaras to follow to get rid of the negativities ? Kindly mention . Thank you

  • September 11, 2020 at 10:13 am
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    Hi,

    What happens if the main door/Front door falls partially in the 4 pada? My front door opens at 3.94, that is just before the 5th pada starts, when I divide my south facing house into 9 padas. Any input would be helpful.

  • September 20, 2020 at 7:09 am
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    One way this article clarifies that South portion/ facing houses are not bad. Other side the writer of this article tries to explain the remedies, padas etc.
    The writer view is not clear
    Hi,
    I personally believe that all directions are okay. But a lot of negative remarks have been made about South facing sites/houses. In order to relax the minds of owners of south facing houses, I have given some so called remedies as it will psychologically make them feel there will be no harm in living in such houses after taking care.
    Admin

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  • October 2, 2020 at 9:35 pm
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    What if my flat door is in 5 th pada of south direction.
    Any remedies for it as irs a flat and wecant change the main door .
    My kitchen is in Nw can i cook facing west / south

  • October 4, 2020 at 3:10 pm
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    Liked ur article a lot. A bit confused how to find pad ?
    considering centre of flat and noting the deflection of compass at entrance or going in front of main door nd finding the pad???

  • October 8, 2020 at 12:47 am
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    Dear sir
    After structure work completion only I realized that the entrance door is facing south direction (road is east west direction) , can I know any remedy to over come as per vastu sastra . Can I make the step east west direction and over come the issue.

  • November 27, 2020 at 6:18 am
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    Very good information
    Thanks sir
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation.
    Admin

  • December 7, 2020 at 3:55 am
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    Thank you so much for your very informative post.. I want to build a house facing to south so had numerous doubts.. I’m relieved now..

  • December 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm
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    Where do we keep parking space if entrance is between south and south east? And this also changes kitchen placement to east ? What can be done?

  • December 29, 2020 at 2:16 am
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    Hi,
    Good Information, Thank you.
    I am planning to build a duplex house in the south facing site with Main door to the East.
    pls let me, same suggestion will apply for this or any additional care to be taken.
    Hi,
    Thank you for the acknowledgement.
    Admin

  • January 18, 2021 at 2:30 am
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    What about people living in south facing flats ..they are left with no choice..can u please suggest some possible remedies inside the house..other than construction.

  • February 19, 2021 at 9:47 am
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    Is attached garage included when counting pada for main entrance?

    Hi Binit,
    No it is not included.
    Admin

  • February 25, 2021 at 7:55 am
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    Dear Sir,
    I am from Mumbai city and wish to meet you in regards to my buying of a new home.
    The reason for meeting you is to have a look st my home which I am buying is good or bad ss per VASTU.
    When we enter the home we go towards north and when we begin to go out my face is towards south. So is my home is south facing?
    I want your consultation, so what are your charges?
    Regards and await your reply.
    Take care in this COVID 19 time.
    Dilip

  • March 8, 2021 at 7:31 am
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    Hi from Brazil!! They say we find what we are looking for when we need, not when we want.
    I´m kind of reading all of the articles you posted years ago, and loving them! I just did an introdcuting to Vastu Shastra here in Brazil and a doubt came into my mind. We are in the South Hemisphere here, and Vastu is from the North Hemisphere. The sun declination in the South Hemisphere is a little diferent from the North. Doesnt that count for something? I´m asking that because here they said it doens´t matter. Does it?
    ( forgive my english 😉
    Hi,
    Thank you for the appreciation. Since Vastu is based on cardinal directions and was formulates in India which is in the northern hemisphere, the rules that apply will not be applicabble to buildings in the Southern hemisphere. So keep in mind the basic tenets of Vastu Shastra and apply them accordingly in Brazil.
    Admin

  • March 31, 2021 at 12:31 am
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    Dear Sir, In this above example I have a property positioned exactly like this with regards to the entrance. I have been advised to open the entrance on the east side. And close the entrance on the south side. I plan to make this my clinic. Please advise.

  • April 16, 2021 at 5:36 am
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    Hi,

    I have been told to have the main door facing east for south facing plot. Is this true?

    Hi Vijay,
    Yes it is ideal. You can read more about Vastu for main doors in my post Scientific Vastu | Main Entrance Door.
    Admin

  • April 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm
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    Useful information, thank you

    I have one point to clarify that you told as avoid car parking in South, so guide to portico in South facing home. My site is 30 x 40 ft and 30 ft in South facing

    Hi Venkat,
    Firstly thank you for the appreciation. It is obvious that in a South facing 30’x40′ plot, the car porch has to be in the front in the South. Vastu is flexible depending on the site situations.
    Admin

  • June 5, 2021 at 1:51 am
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    sir, i have read your articles……Sir i have 1 query i.e. where can i build an external staircase as i have utilized all the 9 rooms (3×3) of my RCC building … my house is south facing… i have the main entrance in the 4th Pada with veranda. …. eagerly waiting for your reply
    regards, Prasanta

    Hi Prasanta,
    The ideal location of a staircase is the S, SW or W corners. But any other direction is permitted except for the NE corner.Avoid a staircase in the NE. You can read more about it in my post: Scientific Vastu | Staircase
    Admin

  • July 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm
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    Plz guide me to construct my house with south facing plot. I want two bedroom flat in first floor.
    Hi,
    Thank you for the interest shown. If you are planning the construction in Bangalore, you can contact us at [email protected]. We dont take up projects outside Bangalore.
    Admin

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