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					Vaasthu  Science of Vaasthu

The word Vaasthu is well known world wide and along with the growing interest it has also drawn skeptics and those who pass it off as a mere „mumbo jumbo‟. To day we have many who are adapting Vaasthu in their building constructions and scores of consultants offering solutions and designs as per vaasthu. The surface of the earth as per the Traditional cosmology was divided into 2 parts the east and the west on the basis of sunrise and sunset and into North and south on the basis of the magnetic poles. If you can visualize a grid encompassing these 4 points you will get a square, known as the “mandala‟. The earth‟s tilt on its axis,the flow of magnetic lines which enveloped the surface of the earth,the effect of sunlight and moonlight collectively have an effect on the human existence on the surface of the earth. One cannot deny the fact that human body reacts to environmental factors like wind, water, temperature and energy lines. Most often Vaasthu has been perceived by many as a religious practice and this has been solely due to the lack of proper traditional interpretation of the science-base of technological matter that one meets with a Vaasthu treatise. Vaasthu is a technical subject and with a proper understanding of the interpretations and logical reasoning, many of the confusions and contradictions can be overcome. Vaastu is an ancient Hindu Science, over 6000 years old, which creates harmony in a place when the orientation and placements are perfect. Vaastu in Sanskrit means “Place of dwelling” and originates from the Vedas. “Veda” itself means Knowledge. Vaastu originated from one of the four Vedas known as the “ATHARAVANA VEDA”. Vaastu which derives its state from the Vedas also emphasizes on the point that “Everything Vibrates & Pulsates” and is close to Quantum physics. Vaastu also asserts through Vedic Philosophy that “Everything is interconnected.” The five basic elements of Vaastu are Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth and they exist not only inside us but around us too. The elements are also related to specific corners in a site. Vaastu corrections could be said to be based on aligning the elements and are not disturbed. Vaasthu Purusha: As in other religions, Vaastu also has its many myths from Hinduism and one such thing is the Vaastu Purusha. The ancient texts say that the Vaastu Purusha - a human body with its head at East and arms stretched depict the various organs like bones, heart, blood vessels etc. The diagonal lines especially from NE to SW are the energy carriers. These points are most vital and need to be considered very carefully prior to putting up any structure. The concept of Harmony vs. Disharmony in any plot needs to be analysed which is depicted by the “Vaastu Purusha” or “Demon Faced God”. Any mis-alignment or disturbance to vital area gives rise to energy imbalance and could be termed as a Vastu defect. The equivalent of the Vastu Purusha in FENGSHUI is the Dragon. The relevant deities and the elements as depicted below identify the 8 directions. Vaastu originated with temple architecture and design. Today it is a very scientific and mathematical approach to construct a good building.The Sthapatya Veda deals with Temple Architectutre and the basic classification would be based on the application. Vaastu and Agama are two cultural sciences that have been in vogue in the land of Bharata from very ancient times. In the Upanishads (the sacred Text) has reference to “shilpa Vidyarahasyaopanishad” and “Vaastu Sutropanishad” which means texts giving information on the secrets of Temple and Statue architecture and dimensions and Building Architecture and dimensions.

Vaastu covers areas like Compass direction, Star and Time-of-birth- based calculation too. Remedies are plenty and colours play a major role. Mechanics of Subtle Energy turning into Gross Energy is the basis of Vaastu and we could relate it to the equation E=mc2. Vaastu and Feng Shui, hand-in-glove is a wonderful tool for greater harmony, peace & prosperity.  Vaasthu and the modern builder

The modern day vaasthu practitioners have adapted the basic principals of Vaasthu to suit the modern day context.The ancient wisdom of „vaasthu shastra‟ is creating waves all over the world and most certainly in the land of its origin. Perhaps it is the renewed pride that we feel as Indians in our culture and traditions, is one of the reasons for the rediscovery of this ancient practice. Therefore, today it is not unusual to see builders and promoters advertising their properties by saying that the construction has been done in keeping with the principals of Vaasthu. But, to the layperson who‟s abundant knowledge of Vaasthu is fed regularly with a steady influx of articles (both online and offline) on the subject is curious to know how far this is commercially viable as far as the builders are concerned. Especially when one takes into account the growing demand and growing scarcity of available land. As far as the vaasthu practitioners are concerned there are varying views. According to Lion Yuvaraja, who‟s family have been practicing Vaasthu for over four decades in the city says‟ due to several factors builders are able to implement only about 30% of the principles laid down by Vaasthu Shastra. !00% implementation is possible only in independent houses.‟ Contrary to this opinion Mr. C. Ravindran of Design lab says, „ I have a number of builder clients and I can vouch that though we are forced to make compromises sometimes, in most cases we follow the Vaasthu principals to the letter t.‟ Tasneem, Senior Manager, sales and administration, of Firm Foundations says that, „since most people prefer to buy houses/apartments that have been designed as per vaasthu we as builders try to implement these principals as far as possible. In my opinion we are to apply the basic principals to a large extent.‟ „The constraints we feel when trying to implement Vaasthu are that sometimes these principles limit the scope of the design. However, in the apartments we make sure that the placement of the various rooms is as per Vaasthu. Besides, if an individual; customer desires to make some alterations within his own apartment (changes which do not have an impact on the main structure) we can have it done.‟ Nagendran, Manager, Property Development of Appasamy Real estates says that, „yes we do try to implement Vaasthu wherever possible. For instance if there are 100 apartments then we can‟t have all the kitchens in the southeast. So we often place it in a position, which is not negated by Vaasthu. Besides, we use a combination of Vaasthu and FengShui. So sometimes when it is not possible to make structural changes we use a harmonious colour scheme (recommended by Feng Shui) to usher in good luck. At the end of the day it is about making people who are going to live in that house happy. It is a mind set.‟ According to vaasthu Shastra every object and living creature exudes vibrations. These vibrations may be positive or negative. Vaasthu aims at creating a place where there is maximum generation of positive energy and minimum generation and accumulation of negative energy by allowing free flow and proper placement of the elements, wind, water, fire and air. What is very interesting is that though the science has been around for hundreds of years it is still evolving. The modern day vaasthu practitioners have adapted the basic principals of Vaasthu to suit the modern day context. C Ravindran of Design Lab who has been practicing vaasthu shastra for more than a decade and a half says that the people who were aware of the existence of this science have always been practicing it. However, during the British Raj the practice and popularity of this science deteriorated. Now however, it is picking up again. Answering the question that keeps occurring in the minds of all those who want to implement the principals of Vaasthu but shy away thinking that it may require a lot of structural changes in the building itself Mr. Ravindran says,‟ this is a misnomer. It is possible to implement the principals of vaasthu without demolition and structural changes.‟ For instance, a beam or a pillar in the centre of the living room is not desirable. However, in my experience I have found that most modern apartments have this kind of

construction. In such a situation what can be done is that the pillar can be concealed by being transformed into a storage space. Referring to the growing popularity of Feng Shui, Chandramohan of Raghavendra Vaasthu consultants says that it won‟t be wrong to say that both these sciences have their roots in India. It was the Buddhist monks who carried the knowledge of vaasthu to China. Then the Chinese scholars studied the basic principals and developed what is known as Feng Shui. Actually, as far I know Fengshui prescribes remedies for problems caused by the improper balancing of energies. It also has some details about how structures should be constructed. But in Vaasthu we have details about everything to do with the construction of residential or commercial buildings along with remedies for problems. Vaasthu Pandit, T Subramanian says, „One of the purest forms of rectification as mentioned in Vaasthu Shastra is the placement of Yantras in the eight cardinal compass directions of a property. These powerful tools will help in creating positive energy, which will negate any negative energy that is present. This in turn will cure any negativity that may have afflicted the property.‟ When speaking on yantras, Yuvraj says, “we recommend these yantras just as the Feng Shui practioners recommend remedies like placing certain objects in certain directions. However, the only limitation is that these rituals have a religious base.‟ Reddy who owns a large publishing house says that he has seen growth and positive changes in his business ever since he has implemented Vaasthu. Whereas, if we are to go by the recent horror film release Vaasthu Shastra, then there is still a lot of questions to be answered.  Vaastu for your bedroom

Rest and relaxation are the two words that are foremost in one‟s mind when returning home from work. Talking of rest and relaxation, the bedroom comes to our mind quite naturally. According to the ancient science of Vaastu Shashtra the level of peace and tranquility that prevails in the bedroom can be enhanced by observing some simple principles. First in the list is the location. Ideally, the bedroom should be located in the southern part of the house. The ideal location for the master bedroom is the south west and Vaastu practitioners suggest that all other bedrooms should be located either towards the east or north of the master bedroom. If your bedroom happens to have an attached bathroom then the best location for it is the south or the west. Another thing to remember is that it should be kept spotlessly clean and odour free. The North is considered to be a very powerful direction. However, it is ideal only for worship. A bedroom in the north will bring financial losses and unrest. When situated in the northeast can cause emotional imbalance and illness. In the North West there will be disharmony among the occupants. If located in the east children will suffer from ill health and disease. In the south east, there will be confrontation and temper tantrums. According to Mr. Sivaraman who had rented an apartment in a housing complex, “I had to shift house because the master bedroom was not ideally situated and this was causing a lot health problems for me and my family. So much so that I decided to move into another apartment in another block and I can feel the difference.” The ancients were very holistic and extremely scientific in their approach. They were not content with just finding the perfect location. They even found the impact of the position of ones head when sleeping on his/her life. The position for the head when sleeping is the south. Coming to the shape, the shapes considered most ideal for the bedroom are square or rectangle. Since it is the bedroom, the bed should be the centre of focus. Originally, vaastu advocated that the space under the bed should be clean and clutter free. However, in the modern world where we are constantly facing space crunch and living spaces are getting smaller, the box bed is at the height of its fame and prosperity. So, the modern Vaastu practitioner does not say no to it. But, what they stress on is keeping the storage space clean and clutter free. When placing the bed try avoiding placing it at corners. The best position for the bed is a position from where anyone entering or leaving the bedroom is within full view of the occupants on the bed. Care should be taken to place the bed in such a way that the foot of the bed does not face the door. The bed should never touch the walls. It should never be placed under a beam. When choosing a mattress for the bed one has to choose a mattress that provides complete support to the body when lying down.

Today beds made of many different materials are available. However, any die hard Vaastu believer will tell you that a bed made of wood is the best. Aesthetics is an important factor. Loud colours are just not in. Soothing pastel colours and objects and pictures associated with pleasant memories should find a place in the bedroom. Mirrors should be avoided. Placing them directly in front of the bed is strictly prohibited. In case you just have to have a mirror then, care should be taken to place it in such a way that no part of the body is visible in the mirror when the person is lying down. Interestingly, Vaastu practitioners do not advocate placing divine idols or pictures in the bedroom. Some practitioners say that meals should not be eaten in the bedroom. Especially when sitting on the bed. This causes ill health. So, the pooja room has to be kept away from the bedroom. Your bedroom should be a place where you can totally relax. So it is a good idea to keep objects that remind you of unfinished tasks out of the room, or at least out of sight. As the most private, personalized space in a home, the bedroom must necessarily reflect your life style, cater to your practical needs, aesthetic preferences and also create an environment that is conducive to allowing pleasant dreams. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… http://www.mukulindia.com/vastu_real_estate.htm VASTU TIPS FOR REAL ESTATE PURCHASE North West North North East West East South West South South East Before you buy a plot /building check

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Yellow colour soil is good for business class. Rocky, non cultivable land is not good. Plots/buildings sold by rich people for reasons other then misfortune & poverty is good. Sale by distressed, unfortunate people should be avoided. Rectangular plot with long north to south is better then long east to west. Wider front gate & narrow end is not good. Narrow front with wide back is good. A small sized plot between two bigger plots is not good. Reject any site with well towards North or East. If your plot is not rectangular see that at least South East and South West Corners have a 90 degrees angle. Except in North East, if your land is elongated towards any other side it is not good. Never buy a plot which is cut on the North East corner. If North East corner of the plot is extended it is very good. The plots should not be in the neighbourhood of any religious place, public places, like marriage halls, hospitals, courts, factories and burial or cremation grounds. The South or West of the plot must be higher than North and East. If it is not, you should be able to make it so by filling and putting more earth on the same. If it is not possible you should not buy the plot. If you are making an underground tank for water storage in your house, locate it in the North Eastern corner of your house. Muncipal water supply should also start from North East direction of the house. Sourthern side road is not considered to be very good. Northern side road is good. A road on the Western side is reasonable. Roads surrounding plots :A square plot surrounded by roads on all four sides is excellent. Buy it even at a higher cost. If a road ends in your house from the North Eastern corner it is considered very good. Roads on South is not good (can be good in some cases). Road on North or east is good. Roads in East and North is good. Road on West is ok, Roads in north and west is ok.

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Land surrounded by roads on 3 sides. Roads on East, West & North – not good, also roads on North, West & South is not good. A road ending in the house is very bad. Never buy a plot in which road comes like a dagger provided it is not coming from North East directorion. There should not be anything blocking your main gate (like electric and telephone pole or a tree or some other pillar), it is very bad.

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A stream of filthy water in front of your house, factory or office is a clear loss of wealth. Even stationary dirty water is bad.  Do not use any material from an old building in a new building.  Circular, oval, triangular plots are not good.  Gate of the plot on the North, North East or the East is very good.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… http://realestate.webindia123.com/vastu/vaastu.asp Home Sweet Home, a place where a common man spends most of his life time... It should be a place he can relax and lead a peaceful and happy life. The science of Vaasthu Shastra aims to help people to attain this end.It is believed that construction of house as per Vaastu Shastra leads to a happy and prosperous life. Vaastu shastra, an ancient art and science of Indian architecture, explains the practices of constructing buildings which ensures a harmony between man and the five elements and thereby bring all round peace, health, wealth and prosperity. Vaastu Shastra is a Sanskrit name, where 'vaastu' means nature, surrounding or environment, and 'shastra' means science. Vaastu Shastra evolved during Vedic times in India. It is believed that Mayan, the great architect of ancient India, was the author of Vaastu Shastra. Vaastu Shastra describes that everything in the universe is constructed by the five elements called Panchamabhoota (earth, water, fire, air and space) and that gravitational and magnetic effects and rotational influences of planets and other celestial bodies with cosmic rays, affects us and controls the way we live. Vaastu Shastra, considers where the building spot is located, the spot's shape, the building‟s shape, the direction the building will face, the location of gates, entry doors, room, doors, windows, placement of the furniture, colours, storage systems, the building‟s general design, plants and trees etc. The principles of Vaastu are derived from Vaastu Purush Mandala; a man lying with his head-pointing North-East, in a grid of 64 squares dedicated to different Gods. Vaastu Purusha is present in each and every plot whether it is big or small. He has a fixed and peculiar body. According to Vaastu Shastra, after we have a selected a plot/ house we have to consider its Vaastu Purusha Mandala. Vaastu Purusha Mandala is the basic model on which the house is based. 'Vaastu' means environment, 'Purush' means energy, 'Mandala' means the astrological chart which relates the layout to the orientation. Just like the earth with its magnetic field is centered to its core, the plot should have everything epic centered to it, in the concept of Vaastu Purush Mandala. We should consider the plot and all the items in it having a mystic power, like the earth, items within the earth and its planets. Today, Vaastu Shastra is looked upon as a highly evolved, building philosophy in which directions and shapes are the most vital aspects of designing. The four directions of the plot are decided, based on the epic centre of the plot. Rules to build a home on the basis of Vaastu Shastra Plot of the house

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Shapes: The ideal plot shape is symmetrical. Shapes like circular, hexagonal, rectangular and square is beneficial and good from all aspects. Other asymmetrical shapes are inauspicious. The

slope of the plot must be to the north or east, other directions are not good. Then the rays of the rising sun will directly fall in the plot or the house. The basis of considering the slope to the east is the suns rays.

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Direction: It is good if each side of plot is facing exactly to the north direction, south direction, east direction and west direction. It is better if the length of the plot in the east-west direction is more than that in the north-south direction. Space : The building should be so located on the plot so as to leave more open space in the east than in the west; and more open space in the north than in the south. If there is more open space in south than in north, it will lead to damage. Some open space should be kept all around the building. The plot having road on the east-north directions is good. Roads around the plot : A square piece of plot surrounded by roads on each side is considered very auspicious. It is also good if a road runs alongside the plot and ends at the northeast corner. A road ending on any other part of the plot is not good. If there is only one road, a road on the north side is good but road on the south is not good likewise it is best if the one road existing is located on the east but not good if it is on the west. It is good if there are roads only in the east and north. If there are roads only on the west and north, it is not bad. It is very good if there are three roads only on the east, south, and west. But if the three roads are on the north, west, and east or on the north, south, and west it is not good. Land should also not be next to a T or Y intersection. It is best to buy land where happy and successful people have lived. Check out that plot doesn't have any cracks , thorny trees, bones, many rocks anywhere. It is usually best not to purchase land next to a bridge. Colour : The colour of the soil should be checked. According to Vaastu Shastra, black and clayey soil is not good for building. Check out the place where the trees are planted and the location of water facilities. It is very ideal if the plot have a pond, well or water rights. You can add a water feature in the northeast of the plot and get the same freshness and prosperity benefits. If there is a well or any other pit in the south-east, south-west or north-west direction, there will always be quarrels in the family and there will be no peace.

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Position of the rooms Generally if you draw a straight line between the north west corner and the south east corner, one side should be allotted for the cooking , dining and prayer area and the opposite side should be allotted for the bedrooms, study room, store room, safety locker for keeping money, valuables etc.

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Verandah, should be in the east corner. Bedrooms, study room, store room, safety locker etc could be anywhere in the space from the north west corner, west, south till the south east corner. Bedrooms and study room should ideally be in the south or west. Master bedroom should be south west or south corner. If bedroom is in the south east direction, there is a possibility for the children shows disinterest in their studies and people have much anger. If bedroom is in north east or west there is possibility of birth of larger number of girls in the family. Guest room or drawing room in the north west corner, Granary, Children's Bedroom, washing place, Septic Tank should ideally be in north-west. Study Room is ideal in the north west corner. People should face East while reading/studying. Store Room, Lumber Room etc should be in the south west. Toilets should be in north-west but should not be situated in corners. Remember when using the toilet you face towards south or north only. Toilets and Bathroom should be situated separately. No toilets should be attached to the dining room. Common bathroom should be in the east. If it is a common bathroom between two bedrooms, then the bathroom should be parallel to the bedrooms. Kitchen, dining room and prayer room etc could be anywhere in the space from the North west corner, north, east till the south east corner. Kitchen should be ideally located in the east or

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south-east. The gas stove or any other cooking material should be placed in such a way one should face only towards the East, while cooking. Sinks should be at the North-East corner of the kitchen. Southern and westerns sides is ideal for placing fridge, storage racks etc. Living Room or the dining room should be in East, North & Northeast directions. Face east or west while eating. Prayer room is always best in north east or near it. Face east or west while praying. Sitting Room, Drinking water, is always best in the north east or near it. Staircase should be in West or North. It is good for health and wealth. If there are landings or turnings in it, it should wind up in clockwise and on emerging at the upper floor, the facing should be towards South or East. The number of steps should be odd numbers. Room for the watchman or guard should be built near the gate in the boundary wall on the left side. His quarter should be on the left side of the gate. The main gate of the house ideally should be from the east or west. But it can be from all directions. It is better to enter the gate through the right wing, for a gate with two wings.

Doors and Windows The main door of the house should be larger than the other doors in the house. There should not be two doors opposite each other.There should be only one main door to the house and it should be in any of the exalted positions from the Northeast corner - either from North of Northeast or from East of Northeast. There should not be any obstruction or water body just opposite the main entrance. The number of doors and windows of a house should be even in numbers. All the doors and windows should be of the same height and the upper edge should be straight line. The door on upper floor should be shorter than that on the lower floor. The wall, on the side in which main door is to kept, should be divided in nine equal parts (length-wise)-leave five parts on the right and three on the left, door should be constructed in the remaining one part or in the 7th part. Door of the staircase should face either east or south. Interiors:

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Use only one type of wood for constructing a house. TVs and computers should ideally be placed in the Southeast corner of the living room or study room. They should not be placed in the Northeast corner or Southwest corner. The Paintings / Statues in the house are also important. One should not have pictures depicting war scenes, scenes depicting negativities of life like sorrow, struggle, violence, tragedy and calamities and also pictures of pig, leopard, tiger, jackal, serpent, eagle, owl, pigeon, hawk, crow, crane. The living room of the central zone should be free from any kind of obstructions such as any kind of beam, pillar, loads, columns, water bodies, fixture, toilet, staircase or even a wall or lift. The dining table should be square or rectangular but not round or oval. Image of god should not face the south direction. Living rooms should be painted in white, yellow, green, or blue. Bedroom should be painted a light pink, dark blue, dark green, gray, etc. Staircase should be painted in white colour. Green is advised for study rooms to promote intelligence. Sandal/Yellow is advised for prayer room. The ideal colour of the safe room is yellow as it is believed that yellow increases the wealth. Bathrooms should be painted in light shades or white, sky blue. Kitchens should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange, brown. White, light yellow, or light blue for prayer room. Telephones can be placed in the Southeast or Northwest corner but not in the Southwest or Northeast. The cupboard in the wall should be the Southern or Western part direction of the house.

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There should be an even number of trees in your house. It is better if there are no tall trees in the east, north and north-east because it will block sun rays. Trees in the south and west are good. No trees should not be planted directly in front of the house's main entrance and no big trees too near the house. Thorny plants other than roses should not be planted near a house. It is believed that planting palm, gooseberry, tamarind trees and cotton plants will destroy wealth and bring miseries to the inmates. Lime or lemon tree with yellow flowers is also not recommended. Coconut, betal, neem, margosa, lemon, jackfruit, mango, ashoka, sandal and

plants like tulsi (basil), turmeric, marigold (red), roses (all except black), jasmine and banana are considered very auspicious. Water bodies :

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Underground water tank, well, hand-pump, boring etc. should be built in north-east direction only. Height of these water bodies should never be above the plinth level of the main building. Water tanks should be on the roof in the south-west direction. Never place these in north or north-east corner.

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While sleeping head can be placed in the east or south for adults, for children head should be in the east. Never sleep with the head towards the North direction.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. http://www.vaastuinternational.com/realestate.html ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… http://www.vastushastraconsultant.com/realestate1.html Some of the Few Considerations are Given Below When selecting a site, developers should choose land that is square or rectangular in shape and ensure that the land is higher than or at the same level as the road. Also the land should be fertile and the soil colours should be black, pale green, yellow or red. Land infested with ant and worm hills should be avoided. Having natural bodies of water like a river, lake, pond or waterfall located in the Northern and Eastern stretch of the land is favorable because this will create tranquility and a pleasant environment. Such features in the Western and Southern quadrants of the land are inauspicious and residents will fall sick frequently and experience dullness. Ideally, tall structures like apartments and condominiums should be placed in the Southern and Western quadrants and the North-Eastern area should be allocated for a park, playground field, swimming pool or manmade lake. A row of terrace or individual houses should have roads on all four sides. Avoid placing garbage bins in the North-East (spiritual corner) and South-West (prosperity quadrant). Recommended quadrants are North-West. Drainage outlets at the site should be located in the North-West. Sewage pond should not be located in the South-West and North-East. Developers should not built houses at the T-junction because such an inauspicious location will not benefit the dweller owing to the negative flow of energy hitting the house. Any land that faces a T or Y junction should be turned into a playground, garden or park. Architects should design the master bedroom so that it spans the Southern and Western region of the house and place the kitchen in the South-East. Most of the Vastu recommendations can be included in the site plan easily. The placement of the main door, kitchen and bedrooms is also a key factor and it would be great if the houses are designed based on the ancient rules. Residents staying in housing schemes that comply with Vastu principles can be assured of health, wealth, happiness and peace of mind.


				
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