The North East direction is considered very powerful and auspicious in Vastu Shastra as it is the deemed the ‘direction of God’ – the direction where the most powerful, positive and progressive energies are generated. Once these positive energies enter your home, they will engulf you with positivity, health, prosperity and overall feeling of happiness. However, a Vastu defect in the North East corner of a home can disturb the positive energy pattern, leading to worries, tension and health problems.
In this post, I have listed the common Vastu Defects or Doshas in North-East and also described the remedies to mitigate the ill effects. But being an Architect, I cannot just list these defects and remedies unless I feel that there is a scientific basis to them. So, I have explained only those that make sense scientifically, under the following headings:
What are the possible problems you can face due to North East Vastu defects?
Why do the above Vastu defects in the North-East cause problems?
What are the remedies for the toilet in the North-East defect?
What are the remedies for the Kitchen in the North-East defect?
What are the remedies for the overhead water tank in the North-East defect?
What are the remedies for the Staircase in the North-East defect?
What are the remedies for the septic tank in the North-East defect?
What are the remedies for the cut in the North-East corner defect?
WHAT IS MEANT BY NORTH EAST VASTU DEFECTS?
Vastu Shastra lays down design 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 are protected from their harmful effects. While designing a house according to Vastu Shastra principles, the North East corner is earmarked for a prayer room/Puja room or meditation room. It is also suited for a living room or family room.
However it’s not always possible to have these rooms in the NE corner as some other room may occupy that part of the house, especially in apartments where it is impossible to get a flat with ideal Vastu planning. If the placement of such a room interferes with the natural flow of energy in this corner, then it creates a Vastu defect or Dosh. The situations when Vastu Doshas or defects are created are listed here:
- Toilet in North East
- Kitchen in North East
- Bedroom in North East
- Staircase in North East
- Cut in North East corner
- Overhead water tank in North East
- Septic tank in North East
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE PROBLEMS THAT YOU CAN FACE DUE TO NORTH EAST DEFECTS?
According to Vastu Shastra, the above mentioned vastu doshas can cause worries and tensions which can lead to health problems like migraines, depression, mental problems like wrong judgement, indecision, financial problems due to wrong decision making and family problems as a result of all these other problems. Hence it makes sense to remedy the Vastu defects so that the ill effects of the above mentioned vastu doshas are reduced.
WHY DO THE ABOVE MENTIONED VASTU DEFECTS IN THE NORTH-EAST CAUSE PROBLEMS?
The Scientific Reasoning – The Sun’s rays first hit the Earth, (after the still darkness of the night) from the North East direction. The UV rays of the morning sunlight can destroy the germs that would have multiplied during the night and so it is ideal to have an open room like a living room or family room in the North-East corner, from which the sunlight can permeate into the rest of the house. Also, the intensity of the morning light being much less, this is the right time for you to expose to sunlight. Therefore the NE corner is the ideal position for a meditation room or prayer room.
But if the sunlight is not allowed to permeate the house because the lesser used rooms like Toilets, Store rooms, staircases, etc occupy the NE corner, then the inmates cannot derive from the useful effects of the morning sunlight. Thus it is better to avoid having the above mentioned rooms in the North-East.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR THE TOILET IN THE NORTH EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- TOILET IN THE NORTH-EAST:
Avoid a toilet in the North-East. The preferred option for toilet/bathroom is in the North-West or West part, but not in the corners. If it is attached to the Bedroom, it should preferably be to the North-West side of the room. The Scientific Reasoning – In India the infra-red rays of the Sun get projected on the West side and so the West side is hotter, especially in the evenings. Therefore, Bathrooms placed in the West and North-West help to block the western sun radiation to other parts of the house, keeping them relatively cool. In addition, the hot west sun rays help to dry up the Bathrooms faster, keeping them free from moisture, germs, fungus etc. Also, by keeping the Bathrooms in the West side, far away from the North-East corner, where in olden times the open well or water source was preferred, the percolation of waste water into the water source during the monsoon season when the ground water table rises, was prevented.
REMEDY FOR TOILET IN THE NORTH-EAST:
In case the bathroom in the North-East cannot be avoided, here are some remedies that you can easily put into action:
- Keep a plant that can absorb huge amount of negative energy such as spider plant.
- Keep a bowl filled with sea salt in toilet. Make sure to change the salt once a week.
- Always make sure to keep the toilet door is closed at all times.
- Make sure to keep the toilet fresh and clean always.
- If possible use the toilet in North East for bathing purpose only.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR THE KITCHEN IN THE NORTH EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- KITCHEN IN THE NORTH-EAST:
Avoid a Kitchen in the North-East. The preferred position for Kitchen is the South-East. The Scientific Reason – Since the constant, morning sunlight enters from the North and East sides, these areas are reserved for a Meditation room and a Living hall from which all other spaces open. Hence it is a waste to have a Kitchen here.
REMEDY FOR KITCHEN IN THE NORTH-EAST:
In case the Kitchen in the North-East cannot be avoided, here are some simple remedies:
- Make a small prayer corner in the North East part of kitchen
- Place bronze bowls at the ceiling of kitchen in upside down position in North, East and North East part – make sure that none of the bowl is directly above gas stove.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR OVERHEAD WATER TANK IN THE NORTH EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- OVERHEAD WATER TANK IN NORTH-EAST:
Avoid the overhead water tank in the North-East corner of the house. The Overhead water tank should be in the West or South-West of the building: The Reasoning – Though the North-East corner represents Water, avoid a tank here because the North-East has to be the lightest and the lowest part of the house for a balance of positive energies. The NE corner should always be the lowest to allow the morning sunlight which strikes the North-East, to permeate the rest of the house. If there is an obstruction like a water tank, the useful morning light will be blocked.
REMEDY FOR OVERHEAD WATER TANK IN NORTH-EAST:
In case the overhead water tank cannot be avoided in the North-East, here are some useful remedies to solve the Vastu problem:
- Shift the tank to the South-West part of the NE corner.
- Paint the tank red.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR STAIRCASE IN THE NORTH EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- STAIRCASE IN THE NORTH-EAST:
It is not advisable to build a Staircase on the North-East side. The staircase should be in the South-West, South or West. The Reason – The North-East is to be left open according to Vastu, in order to allow the morning sun rays to enter the house. If a staircase is kept in this corner, it will block the useful sunlight.
REMEDY FOR STAIRCASE IN THE NORTH-EAST:
If there is no other choice, the staircase can be placed here as the internal circulation is also important. Here are some useful remedies that you can follow:
- If possible make sure the landing ends in the South West.
- Plan an open staircase.
- Choose light colours, materials and shape for the stairs, so that the heavy staircase structure does not block the NE corner.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR THE SEPTIC TANK IN THE NORTH EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- SEPTIC TANK IN THE NORTH-EAST:
Avoid septic tank in the North-East part of the site. The preferred location for the septic tank is the North-west corner. The Reasoning: in olden times the open well or water source was preferred in the NE corner, as the UV rays of the early morning sun rays would purify the well water and kill the germs. Hence the septic tank was to be avoided near the water tank, as the percolation of waste water into the water source during the monsoon season when the ground water table rises, could be prevented.
REMEDY FOR SEPTIC TANK IN THE NORTH-EAST CORNER:
Nowadays due to the sewerage system in cities, septic tanks are only found in rural areas. In case the septic tank is placed in the NE corner, the following remedies must be followed.
- Paint the tank yellow.
- If the septic tank is far away from the water source like the well or borewell there is no need to do anything. However if it is very close, then you need to shift the septic tank away towards the NW.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR CUT IN THE NORTH-EAST DEFECT?
DEFECT- CUT IN THE NORTH-EAST:
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.
It is quite possible that many of you might have one or more of the Vastu doshas mentioned above in the North East corner of your home. And the information available on the internet may discourage or alarm you. But I hope after reading this post you know that for any so called ‘defect’, there is always a remedy. The underlying factor is that you should not block the NE corner and ensure lot of light can enter from that corner.
Visit my blog on House Construction In India and carry out an evaluation exercise to judge whether the Orientation of a Site is as per Vaastu Shastra principles. Accordingly, you can decide if you want to buy the Site. In case you already possess a Site, then you can decide whether you want to make some corrections to the Site, so that it is suitable as per Vaastu.
If you want to make the rooms of your house/apartment Vastu compliant, then go to:
- Vastu Shastra | Explained By An Architect
- Vastu Shastra | Principles For A House
- Vastu Shastra | Factors That Impact A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Designing A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Interiors Of A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Exteriors Of A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Selecting The Right Site
- Vastu Guidelines | Construction Of A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Rituals For A House
- Vastu Guidelines | Non-Residential Buildings
- Remedies For Vastu Defects
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