Directions in Vastu Shastra

The Science of Vastu is based essentially on directions. As such, a thorough knowledge of directions and their significance, according to Vastu, is imperative when constructing a building. Further, to get your Vastu absolutely right, you have to understand the implications of the East and the West directions.

Directions play a very important role while constructing the building as per Vastu guidelines. Ever since ages, directions had been very important, people minutely observed the shadows cast by the sun in order to check the direction in past. Nowadays, we use the modern equipment to verify the direction which is the magnetic compass which gives the exact results without any flaws. According to science there are 10 directions but generally for the knowledge we consider only eight directions. Compasses that are round in shape and cover 360 have given 45 degree for each direction.

The ten directions according to Vastu are:

Four major directions:

  1. North
  2. South
  3. East
  4. West

Four Sub directions:

  1. North-East: In the center of east and north
  2. South-East: In the center of east and south
  3. South-West: In the center of west and south
  4. North-West: In the center of west and north

The other two directions as mentioned by Vastu are space and Center.

North Direction

North is considered to be one of the best directions as per Vastu Science. Kuber who is the God of wealth and prosperity is considered to be the owner of the direction. The direction is defined to be direction of wealth and career. The planet for this direction is Budh.

According to Vastu, it has been specified that this direction should always remain beautiful, open to light, as the body part of Vastu Purush has the chest area occupying the north direction. As per the latest studies and modern interpretations are done by the Vastu consultants and experts, the north direction that has the North Pole emulates positive energy. The energy is one of the basic requirement for building a strong structure, so it must be assured that area in the north direction is kept open to let the energy find its way through the North Pole.

South Direction

South has generally been considered to be a bad direction but that’s a myth. South is the collection of all the positive energies from the north direction. Big openings to the south of the building should be avoided. As per Hindu tradition the God of this direction is Yam who is the deity of death. Huge openings in the south direction result into problems and even sudden deaths. People also suffer problems in regards to being legally accused and injustice.

The planet to this direction is Mangal. It highly affects business, career and financial prospects. Generally, closed places in the south are highly prosperous. South helps in storing wealth in form of energy. A heavy and closed wall to the south of the building keeps Yam away to enter the house.

East Direction

The direction owned by Lord INDRA is considered to be a very strong direction. Indra is the lord of rains, festivity, overall prosperity and power. He is very good at manipulating things in life. The planet ruling the direction is Lord Sun, which is powerful and its strength cannot find any match. Sun is responsible for growth in life and thus east is the direction for growth. Except north, east should also be kept open and clean.

Having heavy walls to the East and not allowing ventilation, windows and doors make life stagnant. Having staircase or toilets in the east direction is considered a major defect as per Vastu. Even a small obstruction to the East can create problems in your life.

West Direction

The direction is responsible for stability in life. The owner to the direction is Lord Varun. Lord Varun brings fame, rain, and fate in the life of the person. The ruling planet to the direction is Saturn. Usually, large openings in the direction are not suggested as the energy from the East from Sun is not stored in the West if there is a huge opening. West direction is generally defined to be occupied by lower abdominal and reproductive organs of Vastu Purusha, thus entries and openings to this direction spoil the prospects of income in one’s life.

North – East Direction

A beautiful direction that one can trust as the direction is ruled by one of the most powerful God of Hindus, who is Lord Shiva. The ruling planet being Brihaspati brings in heath, wealth and prosperity to the life of the person. The planet also signifies knowledge and spirituality. The direction is considered best for the scholar students, as it is a pious direction. It is considered that most of Vastu principles are concentrated into this direction, as it is really sensitive.

There is a powerful axis full of energy that starts from North-East and heads towards South-West. If you have washrooms to the North-east directions it is considered to bring health issues and business problems. Generally, heavy structures including toilets, stores, and bedroom should be avoided in this direction. Having a fire element placed in this direction causes accidents as well.

South – East Direction

South East direction is ruled by Hindu Deity Agni dev who is the lord of fire and thus making this direction highly sensitive in nature. The representative planet for this is Venus.

Sun who is considered to give life has a harsh attitude towards this direction, as infrared rays are emitted into this direction. Generally, the direction is hot and always used for fire-related works. Fire reacts easily with air and water, so one should consider it properly while placing any other element near the fire. The direction should be dealt in a delicate manner.

South – West Direction

The direction is ruled by a demon called NIRITI and the corresponding planet is Rahu. The direction is the strongest amongst all, as it shows energy that flows from North East. If the direction is used correctly it assures healthy and strong life. It is responsible for health, wealth and confidence of the person. South West direction can bring in name and fame to your life, but if Vastu tips are not followed it may bring problems in regards to the structure.

If the direction is not used properly it may bring depression, suicidal tendency, and anxiety into the life of the person and reduce the energy level as well, making him feel low. It can be responsible for problems in the family as well. So, if the direction is strong you can be assured to have a prosperous life.

North – West Direction

The direction is owned by Vayu dev, Hindu God of Wind. The direction affects the wind element. The ruling planet of the direction is moon. The places to the North West are generally unstable as they are governed by wind.

The direction brings in opportunity in life of the person and if used as per the direction under Vastu Shastra, can bring in progress in terms of career as well. If the direction is not used properly it may result to confused mind and result to diseases as well. It also results to restlessness in life of the person.