Vaastu Reckoner

Is the flat I've chosen Vaastu compliant?

In keeping with its motto we are all about clients®, AGNI Estates is always happy to answer the above question. First and foremost, AGNI Estates believes Vaastu compliance is fundamental to making a living space complete in every respect. Second, customer satisfaction being its No.1 priority, AGNI Estates will leave no stone unturned to ensure Vaastu compliance.

In general, all of us know that the design principles of Vaastu shastra help to integrate architecture with nature in respect of ground preparation, layout, measurements, space arrangement, and spatial geometry. Understandably, the vast scope of the science makes it a specialist and complex subject that requires detailed study. The reassuring factor for every homebuyer engaging with AGNI Estates is that all its architects are extensively Vaastu literate, therefore capable of incorporating the right elements of Vaastu shastra in every flat, including the one you've chosen!

For the benefit of clients, AGNI Estates has compiled a Vaastu Reckoner using material sourced from the Internet and other publications. It contains information on Vaastu compliance pertaining to fixtures and areas of a dwelling unit that are used on a daily basis. The AGNI Vaastu Reckoner is a quick reference list of various facets of construction related Vaastu compliance to help homebuyers appreciate AGNI site and floor plans, and make just the right choice. However, for complete peace of mind, AGNI Estates requests intending homebuyers to consult their own Vaastu experts in matters of Vaastu related decisions.

Vaastu for Doors and Windows

Although their primary function is to serve as passageways and provide insulation, from the Vaastu angle, they also serve to let in air and light that bring with them positive energies. This aspect makes it essential to follow certain Vaastu principles with respect to their placement, dimensions, total number, shape, and so on. Following are a few 'must-observe-rules' in respect of doors and windows:

  • Doors and windows should be placed in the North and East, rather than the South and West
  • Doors should not be placed at the center of a wall
  • The number of doors and windows in a dwelling unit should be even e.g., 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. and not 10 or a multiple of 8
  • The recommended shape for doors and windows is rectangular (considered auspicious) and their height to width ratio should be 2:1
  • All doors and windows should ideally be made of the same type of wood
  • The entrance doors of flats that face each other should not open toward one another

Vaastu for the Living room

Often the showpiece of the house, the space where inmates entertain guests must have a warm and welcoming ambience. Guests must feel at ease here and inmates proud to have them there. Here too, specific Vaastu principles must be followed to ensure the living room gives out perfect vibes.

  • Going by Vaastu principles for the living room, its location should either be the east or north
  • As per Vaastu, 'plot facing' is also considered while determining the location of a living room; it can be in the northeast for east and north facing houses, whereas for a west facing house the living room can be in northwest; for a south facing house the living room can be in southeast
  • Further options for living room locations include central west, central east, and central south or central north areas of a house
  • The east and northern directions are auspicious for locating doors to a living room; similarly, windows located in the north and east are auspicious
  • Vaastu prescribed color options for living rooms are white, yellow, blue, or green; light colors are preferred over dark colors
  • The living room should be brightly lit, and if it has a chandelier, it should be off-center, slightly toward the west
  • Vaastu recommended placement for furniture and other articles are as below:
  • Vaastu principles recommend that a dining room should be located in either the eastern or western part of the house and should be adjoining the kitchen or drawing room.
  • A dining room should not be located in the southern part of a house/flat
  • White paint should be avoided for dining rooms; recommended colors for good Vaastu are orange, light pink, light green, cream or any other color in these families
  • Having a meal in a dining room positioned either in the east or west is considered beneficial for the family because these positions represent good Vaastu
  • The shape of the dining table, according to Vaastu principles, should be either square or rectangular shape; it should not be round or oval
  • The washing arrangement in a dining room should be in north-east
  • To attract good Vaastu, electrical appliances such as fridge, microwave oven, etc. should be placed in the south-eastern part of a dining room; the TV should not be placed in the dining room
  • The preferred direction for family members to face while eating, is either the east or west
  • The dining room/area should not have a toilet attached, and its entrance door should not face the main entrance door

Vaastu for the Dining room

In our daily lives, the dining room plays an invaluable role in that it gets the entire family together, not just to enjoy a satisfying meal but also to spend quality "we time"-exchange lively anecdotes, share a good laugh and, at times, finalize the menu for the next meal. Thus, it is essential to create an environment that will foster interplay of the right kind of energies in the dining room by following Vaastu principles.

  • Vaastu principles recommend that a dining room should be located in either the eastern or western part of the house and should be adjoining the kitchen or drawing room.
  • A dining room should not be located in the southern part of a house / flat
  • White paint should be avoided for dining rooms; recommended colors for good Vaastu are orange, light pink, light green, cream or any other color in these families
  • Having a meal in a dining room positioned either in the east or west is considered beneficial for the family because these positions represent good Vaastu
  • The shape of the dining table, according to Vaastu principles, should be either square or rectangular shape; it should not be round or oval
  • The washing arrangement in a dining room should be in north-east
  • To attract good Vaastu, electrical appliances such as fridge, microwave oven, etc. should be placed in the south-eastern part of a dining room; the TV should not be placed in the dining room
  • The preferred direction for family members to face while eating, is either the east or west
  • The dining room/area should not have a toilet attached, and its entrance door should not face the main entrance door

Vaastu for the Kitchen

Literally the lifeline of a house, a kitchen built as per Vaastu principles will ensure the wellbeing, good health, and happiness of inmates. The space must be designed such that it is flush with positive energy, making it an enjoyable experience for the person working there. Needless to say, every dish prepared in a kitchen with the right Vaastu will invariably contribute to a feeling of sheer bliss for those partaking of it! Following are the Vaastu principles that keep alive the lifeline of the house.

  • Vaastu attaches great importance to the location of the element AGNI (fire), in the kitchen; the ideal Vaastu based location for placing the fire/stove in a kitchen is in its southeast corner, the second best being the northwest direction
  • For duplex style apartments that usually have a bedroom above the kitchen, care should be taken to ensure that the bed is not placed directly above the stove in the kitchen, because Vaastu advises against such an arrangement; its advised corrective action is to either change the position of the bed or fire/stove
  • The fire/stove should not have a toilet directly above
  • The entrance to a kitchen should be either in its northern, eastern, or western corners; windows and exhaust fan should be in the east
  • Vaastu recommends that a kitchen be painted green, lemon yellow, and orange, colors that complement fire; as per Vaastu, colors such as gray and blue are not suited for a kitchen
  • The kitchen floor should either be ceramic tiles, mosaic, or marble
  • A toilet door facing a kitchen is considered undesirable according to Vaastu tenets; in an unavoidable situation, the solution would be to install an automatic door closer
  • A kitchen should not have dripping taps or leaking pipes; both symbolize wealth draining out of a family's life
  • Vaastu points with regard to placement of fixtures and gadgets in a kitchen are as follows:
  • Gas cylinder to be kept in the southeast; empty cylinder to be kept in the southwest
  • Locations advised for keeping a refrigerator are southeast, south, north, or west, never in the northeast
  • Ovens and heaters should be kept in the southeast or south
  • The sink should be placed in the northeast corner
  • The right position for a clock is the south or southwest wall

Vaastu for Bedrooms

  • The bedroom assumes great significance from the Vaastu viewpoint as it the one place associated with nurturing of the inmates' body and soul a place where they reflect in solitude, make future plans, and rest their weary bodies to face a new day.
  • Vaastu principles recommend that the master bedroom should be located in the south (in case of split level apartments, the master bedroom should be on the upper floor); other bedrooms should be located either on the eastern or northern side of the master bedroom
  • In order to attract prosperity and peace, bedrooms should always be square or rectangular
  • Bedroom doors must open fully (90 degrees) to facilitate easy flow of good opportunities; Vaastu principles do not permit doors that open partially
  • The main entrance to bedrooms should be located in the northeast ; depending on the requirement, other doors can be placed in the east, west or north
  • According to Vaastu divine idols should not be kept in bedrooms
  • Vaastu compliant bedroom colors are pink , light green, and light blue
  • With regard to placement of furniture in a bedroom, Vaastu compliant locations are as follows:
  • Bed: southwest, south, and west
  • Almirah/Wardrobe: southwest
  • Dressing Table: against the eastern or northern wall
  • TV: on the eastern side
  • Bookshelf: on the west or southwestern corner
  • Study table: on the northern side

Vaastu for Children's room

Childhood days are some of the warmest memories we cherish as adults. If the thought brings a lump to your throat, remember that it happens to the best of us. In fact it happens to all of us! This is the room where one happy memory after another is created, which gush back in a well of sentiment in our later years. This is the room where parents and children share their warmest, most cherished moments! Vaastu principles acknowledge the deep sentiments associated with a children's room with guidelines to make the children's room a memorable space.

  • Vaastu principles recommend the west as the ideal direction for the children's room, although the northeast, northwest, and southeast directions are permissible options; the southwest direction should be religiously avoided
  • To harness the beneficial energies, doors and windows are ideally located in the east or north
  • Entrance to the room should never be opposite the child/children's bed
  • Up lighters in the southeast corner of a children's room help to generate positive energy; spot lights or sharp lighting should not be used in the children's room as they cause mental strain
  • Walls are best painted in green and shades of green as it represents freshness and tranquility, essential for the brain to work to its optimum potential
  • Vaastu points for placement of furniture in the children's room are as follows:
  • The bed should be located in the southwestern part of the room; the child/children should sleep with their head facing south or east
  • Almirahs/cabinet should be located in south or west; care should be taken to place furniture a few inches away from the wall to ensure the flow of positive energies; for the same reason, the centre of the room should be left free of any furniture
  • The study table should be placed such that the child/children study facing north, east, or northeast; in terms of options, east is considered to be the most auspicious among the directions as it helps to enhance concentration and stimulate fresh ideas
  • Books and other study material should be kept in the southwest, south or west; however, too much clutter in the room tends to create mental pressure
  • TV and computer should be placed in a manner so as not to reflect the bed when the lights are switched off, as this is considered a inauspicious; the issue can be overcome by placing the TV in the southeast corner and the computer in the northern corner of the room

Vaastu for the Study

As the name suggests, the Study is where the mind is applied to acquire knowledge by reading, investigation, or reflection. Therefore, the room designated as the Study should help the mind to concentrate on the subject being studied. This is once again a matter related to the flow of energies conducive to concentration. Vaastu principles address this need with a series of measures to achieve the desired level of concentration.

  • Vaastu tenets consider east, north, and northeast as auspicious directions for study as they enhance concentration; as such, they are the recommended locations for a Study
  • A beam running directly above a person studying creates unnecessary pressure and care should be taken to avoid such a situation
  • Right location of the study table is important in that it affects concentration; the east and north are favorable directions for this purpose; a study table should not stick to the wall, and providing open space in front of the table encourages the flow of fresh ideas; it helps to have a wall behind a study table as it denotes support
  • As per Vaastu, a study table should be square or rectangular, not be too big or too small; a small table can result in a congested and uncomfortable feeling for the student, whereas working on a table that is too big can lead to a student feeling overwhelmed
  • The ideal placing of bookshelves and cabinets based on Vaastu are east, north, and northeast corners; the center of a Study should be left free to provide room for helpful energies to flow; study tables should be clutter-free and bookshelves should not be placed above study tables to avoid to avoid creating undue stress
  • To enhance learning power and absorption, a Study should be painted in light rather than dark colors
  • A Study should have enough sunlight pouring in to energize a student and help him/her work; windows should be located in the east or north; as a rule, the Study should have proper lighting; a table lamp used for the purpose should be on the southeast side of the study table
  • A bed or a TV should not be provided in a Study for obvious reasons as they will only serve as a distraction; the computer should be placed in the southeast of the room, which should not have noisy gadgets that hamper concentration
  • Mirrors placed in a Study may have the effect of doubling the workload, and should be avoided as such

Vaastu for the Pooja room

It is here that every day, cleansed and looking inward, we bow our heads in prayer to seek the blessings of the deities we hold sacred. The emotions we go through while paying obeisance may be completely personal, but the Pooja room regardless implies a pure, serene, and tranquil space in the house. Following specific Vaastu principles for the Pooja room ensures we channelize the guiding light of our deities to shine eternally and help us lead a life of peace, happiness and prosperity.

  • The corner of a house most suitable for a Pooja room is the northeast; the north and east are also options for a Pooja room
  • The Pooja room floor should be of off-white or white marble
  • Color options to paint the Pooja room are light yellow, white, light blue, and light yellow
  • Vaastu for the Pooja room recommends two-panel doors without any self-closing device; the prescribed material is iron or tin
  • With regard to placements of idols and articles inside the Pooja room, the Vaastu guidelines are as follows:
  • Idols should be kept either in the east or west; specified sizes are between two (2") and nine (9") inches and should be placed an inch away from the wall; idols should not be placed in front of the entrance to the Pooja room, nor should idols of the deities face north or south or one another; the Pooja room should not have more than one idol of the same deity
  • Aimirah/showcase if any, should be placed against the southern or western wall; their height should be lower than the idols
  • Homa-kundam should be placed in a southeastern direction, and offerings must always be made facing the east
  • Water body, if any, should be placed in the north or east, the altar in the east, and pooja articles in the southeast

Vaastu for the Locker room

    According to Vaastu, the locker room of a house holds the key to its material wellbeing. Its location, therefore, becomes all the more important as far as its inmates are concerned. It is equally important to ensure that the locker room is well secured because it is the custodian of family wealth.

  • Vaastu principles make north the mandatory location for the locker-room; placed wrongly, outflows are likely to be in excess of inflows
  • A locker room must necessarily be rectangular or square and its height should never be more or less than that of the other rooms; also, it is not advisable to extend any side of a locker room
  • The actual locker/almirah should be placed in the south of the room and care should be taken to avoid the northeast and southwest corners of the room
  • The actual locker/almirah should face north, its back against the southern wall; placing the locker/almirah in the northeast, southeast, and northwest corners have negative connotations such as loss of wealth and unnecessary expenditure
  • The locker/almirah should always be placed 1 inch away from the wall
  • The distance of the locker/almirah from the southwest or northwest corners should be a minimum of one foot
  • In case of dearth of space, placing the locker/almirah on the eastern side is an option
  • The locker room must not have more than one door, which should be either in the east or north direction; the door should have two shutters
  • A locker room should not have doors in the southwest, southeast, northwest, or in a southern directions; windows should be placed in the northern or eastern side of the room
  • The color most suited for a locker room is yellow because it fosters growth
  • Additional points to be borne in mind:
  • A locker/almirah must not have a beam running over it, nor should it be placed in a corner
  • A clutter free locker room augurs well for growth
  • Valuables should ideally be stored in the southern or western part of a locker/almirah
  • A mirror hung in front of a locker enhances the chance of gaining wealth
  • A fountain with calming sound of water infuses a locker room with positive energy

Vaastu for the Bathroom

  • As a space that cleanses and refreshes, the bathroom must epitomize cleanliness and functionality as its primary construction features. The space should not be dark, dingy, and uninviting. Ventilation should be such that after each use, a bathroom should dry up quickly for the benefit of the next user. Vaastu principles ensure a bathroom embodies its essential attributes.
  • Vaastu principles designate the northern or northwestern part of a house as the ideal location for a bathroom; it advocates against constructing bathrooms in the south, southeastern, and southwestern parts of the house as it can result in adverse health and financial effects; bathrooms located in the south can have adverse health effects on female members of a house
  • In the early days when toilets and bathrooms were in separate places, the prescribed direction followed for the toilet was either the west or northwest; the toilet seat was placed such that a person faced the north or south
  • Space constraint today demand building a combined bathroom and toilet, which is placed in the northwest; however, they are not built under a staircase, or near the kitchen or Pooja room
  • The west and the south of a bathroom are ideal placement points for the water closet; the placement should be near a window or an outer wall.
  • The bathroom door should be located in the north or east; placing it in the southwest is not recommended; a bathroom should have a small window either in the east, west or north to let in fresh air; a window in the south can have adverse health effects
  • The bathroom floor should slope toward the east or north; its slope should not be in the southwest or southeast directions
  • A bathroom, when painted white, sky blue, and light blue looks fresh, as opposed to those painted in dark colors like red or chocolate
  • Vaastu based installation points for fittings and fixtures are as follows:
  • The north is the recommended direction for placing mirrors
  • Wash basin, taps, and shower can be fitted either in the north, east, or northeast direction
  • The east, west or northeast are well-suited directions for placing bath tubs
  • Switchboards and water heater (geyser) should be installed in the southeast corner of the bathroom

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