[ecis2016.org] Each direction is associated with a deity and an element. We explain how to use this to determine the best house facing direction as per Vastu
How to determine the house-facing direction
Use a compass to determine the house-facing direction. Stand at the entrance door of your home, facing outside. Use a compass to check the direction that you are facing. That is the direction that your house faces.
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Once the 0°/360° mark on the compass and the north of the needle are aligned, determine the direction directly in front of you.
If you face north while coming out of your home then you have a north-facing house. Similarly, for the other directions. Take, at least, three readings from various parts of your house to determine the correct direction.
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Importance of house-facing direction in Vastu
Vastu believes in aligning the five elements in harmony for happiness and good fortune. Directions have a great significance in Vastu Shastra. Each direction is associated with a deity and an element and its correct placement can create a positive influence whereas a misalignment can bring consequences. Vastu directions are not mere points on a compass; they represent energy. The direction that the house faces matters in Vastu as it is the main entrance that attracts energy (positive or negative) and spreads it throughout the home.
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If the house-facing direction is appropriate then the positive energies will directly influence the earth energies present in the house and the five elements.
The energy from other directions may lead to illnesses and stress and various problems. Vastu prescribes the east, north and northeast as the appropriate directions that your house should face.
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Best house entrance directions according to Vastu
According to Vastu Shastra, the main entrance to a home is the access point for the family and the energy. The main entrance designed as per Vastu will help attract the right energies to nourish the house and make the occupants cheerful, successful and healthy. The main entrance door should be in the north, northeast, west or east.
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As the sun rises in the east, positivity and energy enter the house from this direction. The main entrance in the east is considered advantageous by Vastu Shastra.
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North and northeast-facing house
A home entrance facing the north is auspicious for its residents as it is ruled by Kuber, the god of wealth. A house with a north entrance, according to Vastu, brings the right energy, wealth, fortune and prosperity. Similarly, a northeast facing house , as per Vastu, is considered auspicious, especially for people employed in the finance sector.
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A main entrance in the northwest can invite wealth, health and richness into the home. However, the main male person of the family will spend a lot of time away from home. West facing entrances bring in the evening sun, as well as wealth. If you must have an entrance on the west side of the home, ensure that it is in the northwest direction. As per Vastu, northwest-facing house dosha can be reduced by using a pyramid and helix made of brass.
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House facing directions to be avoided
Southeast and southwest
Avoid southwest entrance. If your entrance has to face the south, choose southeast. South-facing houses face disputes and arguments. Vastu has remedies that can help to lessen the ill effects. Place a tile with the image of Hanuman on the wall near the entrance door. If there is a door in the south or southwest, the defect can be rectified by using a lead pyramid and lead helix. Gemstones and metals such as yellow sapphire and earth crystals can also help reduce the negative energy caused by the house facing the southwest.
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Main door Vastu
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The main door of the house should be clutter-free, clean and aesthetically pleasing. A wooden door is ideal and, as per main door Vastu, considered the most auspicious material. If the main door is in the south, then the door should have a combination of wood and metal. The main door of a west-facing house can be made of metal. The north door should either be in silver colour or have some silver accessory like a handle or doorknob. The main door should be larger than the other doors in the house and open in a clockwise direction. Avoid three doors in a row, parallel to the main gate, as this is a Vastu fault that can affect the happiness of your family. Always have a small elevated threshold. Avoid any shoe rack or furniture behind the door, which restricts the door from opening as that will lead to limited opportunities for the occupants of the house. A home with a dark entrance invites a negative flow of energy. Always have a bright light in the main door area. The door should not make noise when in use. Decorate the main door with religious symbols or images of goddess Lakshmi or Ganesh. Make your main door attractive with a beautiful toran and nameplate.
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Best bedroom direction as per Vastu
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According to Vastu, the right direction of the master bedroom is the southwest for peace and tranquillity. The children’s bedroom is best in the east or northwest of the house. Bedrooms in the northeast and southeast must be avoided. The bed placement is important as it influences the sleep quality and health of the family. Do not keep the bed in the corner of the bedroom as this prevents progressive energy flow. The recommended bed direction, as per Vastu, is with the head towards the south or east. As per bedroom Vastu, the bed should be in the centre so that there is enough space to move around the bed. Vastu recommends a bed made of wood. However, avoid metal as it can create negative vibrations. To encourage bonding a couple should share one single mattress instead of joining two separate mattresses. The bedroom’s entrance door should be on the north, west or east of the walls. There should be no beam above the bed.
Best Vastu direction for the living room
A living room is a place where a family bonds and socialises with friends and relatives. It has to be a place filled with good energy. As per Vastu, the living room should be in the north or east. If you have a south-facing house, the living room can be in the southeast. Opt for light yellow, blue, white or green hall colours for decorating your living room walls, as these are good Vastu colours for the hall. Avoid red or black for the living room walls. The northeast should remain clutter-free for peace at home. The living area floor should slope towards the east or north. The ceiling of the living area, if sloping, should also incline towards the east or the north. The door of the living room should be in the east or the north to attract wealth, health and overall progress. Keep furniture and heavy items in the west or the south. If that is not possible, use an elevation of 1-3 inches height to place the furniture in the north or the northeast.
Kitchen direction as per Vastu
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Vastu suggests that the kitchen should be located in the southeast as this is where fire rules. If that is not possible, the northwest is also an option. Avoid designing the kitchen in the north, southwest or northeast as that can lead to domestic problems and stress in the family. The element of fire governs the southeast and so, the stove should always be placed in that direction. The person using the stove should face the east as it is considered auspicious. The kitchen sink should not be placed near the stove, since water and fire are opposite elements. The kitchen must have windows and sufficient air and light. Open kitchen layouts in the north should be avoided as it affects new opportunities in career, growth and money. The west is considered good for open kitchen layouts. As per Vastu, an open kitchen in the west promotes gains and good health.
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Best pooja room direction as per Vastu
The northeast, east and north are ideal, as per Vastu, for a pooja room. Pooja room Vastu suggests that the roof of the room should have a pyramid-type (gopura) structure to invite positive energies in this space. A puja room should not be placed in the bedroom. Placement of the puja room above, below or next to the toilet, kitchen or stairs is not accepted in Vastu. Prayers should be offered while facing the east.
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Bathroom and toilet direction as per Vastu
It is important to construct the toilet according to Vastu Shastra as it promotes the flow of good energy that aids a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The toilet or bathroom direction as pr Vastu should be in the northwest or the west. To avoid adverse energy, the northeast and the east should be avoided. The toilet seat should always be placed in such a direction that the person using it would be facing the north or the south of the home.
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Which direction house is not good?
South-facing homes are usually considered unfavourable as it is believed to be the position of Lord Yama, the God of death. However, Vastu Shastra does not specify a direction as being good or bad. A lot depends on the Vastu placement of the various rooms in the house. Any house that is planned with Vastu principles can bring success and happiness to its residents. Scientifically, the east or north directions are preferred, because it is simple to orient the house.
What is the ideal balcony direction as per Vastu?
All open spaces, such as balconies and terraces, should be located in the north, east or northeast of the house. Avoid a balcony in the southwest. Ideally, the level of the balcony in the northeast should be one step lower than the rest of the house.
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Vastu Shastra recommends the east as the best place for the Tulsi plant. You can also place it on the balcony or near the window in the north or the northeast.
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