A home of our own – it is one of man’s most basic needs and dreams. But every so often we build homes without considering the vastu of the place. And it is only natural for such homes to have vastu doshas or problems associated with them. Structures adhering to vastu shastra will have fewer concerns and issues.
Nature, every life form and institutions – they are all linked to vastu shastra. Some vastu doshas to be noted- It is said that one should not live near oceans, rivers or forests. When building a house, take care that the house does not rise above any religious structures in the area. Houses towering above religious structures are bound to bring misfortunes. If you find termites, human remains, chaff, coal or ash under the earth when digging for the foundation of the house, then the plot is unfit for housing according to vastu shastra. Similarly, burial grounds, converted wetlands, hillsides and sites with dilapidated buildings are all grim omens. Death under mysterious circumstances, places where suicides have happened, a small piece of land between two structures and places that constantly reek have been clearly classified under ‘problem-prone’ areas by experts.
A vastu expert will decide on a place of construction only after careful analysis of directional elements. The east side, south-east side, north side, north-west side and north-east side of a particular plot is not fit for house constructions. Also artificial grounds and places where tragic events have occurred are not suitable for habitation. Places with old trees, areas through which power lines and drainage passes, places once inhabited by sorcerers, houses with a history of forced evictions, sites with ponds or wells, plots in front of and pathways to places of worship, places of people with chronic illness, mental disorders, persisting financial crisis, areas to the south or west of houses inhabited by teachers or siblings, yaga-shalas, places of gambling, meat markets, houses inhabited by wrong-doers, residence of carpenters along with plots in certain shapes (round, crescent shaped, trident shaped, shaped like the back of a fish or turtle or the face of a cow), plots with a depression in the middle and plots with 3, 5 or 6 corners are unfit for home construction. Institutions nearby a house also affect the well-being of its residents. While temples will create restless minds and centres of power or governance will result in financial instability, household profligacy will result in child loss and a junction will result in ignominy. To build a house of peace, prosperousness and wealth, it is always best to abide by the rules of vastu, to avoid vastu doshas.