orientations of vastu buildings

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With respect to our location in the universe, there is no north, south, east or west. There is the origin-center of the universe body and the ever expanding outer edges. The underlying geometry of a Vastu structure reflects this kind of center oriented paradigm. However, Vastu science gives recognition to “directional” existence within the context of an “embodied” form, the Earth or the human being, in relationshipto the Solar core of our planetary system.



eight yonis

Vastu Science delineates 8 Yonis, directions or life-energy lines of orientation:

  • East - Dwajam (flag staff),
  • Southeast - Dhuumam (smoke),
  • South - Simham (lion),
  • Southwest – Swaanam (dog),
  • West – Vrushabham (bull),
  • Northwest – Kharam (ass),
  • North – Gajam (elephant),
  • Northeast – Kaakam (crow).

Within the built space, the eight directions are always expressed and honored by floor plan layouts.

Vastu buildings must be oriented such that they have an almost parallel relationship to the cardinal points of the compass: North, South, East, and West. Perfect alignment with the cardinal points of the compass is called Suddha Praachee. This perfect alignment is suitable for temples. Also, in Mansara and some Vastu Shastras, True East is suitable for occupants who seek liberation from earthly bonds. Final exact orientation for secular structures is rotated slightly from perfect alignment, either clockwise or counter clockwise, depending on the facing of the building. This deflected orientation counter clockwise (“Esa Prachee”) is used for occupants who prefer material prosperity and physical welfare. No building should face the diagonal directions: Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast. In a secular structure, the desired rotation (or deflection) from perfect alignment with the cardinal points is one to two degrees. In an east or west facing building, the prescribed rotation is counter clockwise one to two degrees. This deflection of East towards Northeast is called Esa Praachee.

In a north or south facing building the prescribed rotation is clockwise one to two degrees. Rotations up to ten degrees are accepted, but not ideal. A simple way to understand the effect of misaligned rotation is to consider the example of adjusting a radio tuning dial. As we turn the knob on the radio away from the correct frequency position for a particular radio signal, the quality of the reception deteriorates and distorts. The same is true for alignment of buildings on the Earth. The more rotated a building is from the cardinal directions, the more distortion within the energy field of the structure. Orientations rotated more than ten degrees toward the Southeast, Southwest, Northwest and Northeast are not recommended. Structures oriented in this diagonal relationship to the cardinal points of the compass could be subject to less life supporting Earthly energetic influences.

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