Vastu Shastra the science of positive energy:
Vastu, Vaastu, Vastu Shastra or Vaastu Vidya is a part of Sthapatya Veda which is Upveda or a branch of Atharva Veda. The word “Vastu” OR Vaastu means the site of a house or of a building or project proposed for construction. Vastu is the science of Vedic Architecture. It elaborates the principles of constructing houses, marketing complexes, educational institutions which have come from the experience and findings of sages and masters. These principles are given in some many old classics. To name a few; Brihat Samhita, Maya Matam, Vastu Ratnakara, Matsya Purana, Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Vayu Purana, Garuda Purana, Narada Purana,Vishnu Purana, Vastu Raj Vallabha, Shilpa Ratna, Shilpa Prakasha etc.
The ancient masters and sages after direct observation of the nature and intensive research continuing for many centuries, came out with certain conclusions and rules to make temples, houses, residential buildings for common man, palaces for the rulers and shops and markets for trade. These invaluable conclusions were derived after taking into consideration five elements;
EIGHT DIRECTION & NINE ZONES
- Ishan (North East)
- Indra (East)
- Agneya (South East)
- Yama (South)
- Nairitya (South West)
- Varuna (West)
- Vayvaya (North West)
- Soma (North)
- Brahma (Central Part or the heart of the property)
The guiding principles of Vastu Shastra are to understand the blocks of energy and help flow the positive harmony to help us achieve the optimum possible of everything around us. Be it health, knowledge, happiness, success of prosperity.
This is a known fact that for thousands of years, till invaded, India remained the richest and the most educated and developed country in the world. Excavation of very ancient Bronze age Indus Valley or Vedic civilization of Mohenjodaro and Harappan archeological sites revealed that all the residential houses, community dwellings and towns in that period were planned and constructed as per Vastu principals.
Unfortunately after sixth and seventh centauries AD, foreign invasions and corruption of rich Vedic culture left little room for the growth and practice of all Vedic Sciences including Vastu Shastra, Ayurveda and Jyotish. Twenty two hundred years back during the Buddhist period, the Buddhist monks carried the tradition of Vastu Shastra to China, where it evolved as Fengshui with similar principles but Chinese interpretations and observations. Fengshui has now become very popular all over the world.
VASTU SHASTRA IN NORTH INDIA AND SOUTH INDIA
Since ages Vastu Shastra principles are being applied in North as well South India. Whereas in South India classical work of two masters, Vishwa Karma and Maya by the name Vishwa Karma Shilpa and Manasar is more popular, in North India Vishwa Karma Prakash and Samarangan Sutradhar, compiled and authored by King Bhoj were being more applied. Now there is a complete amalgamation of both North as well South Indian school of Vastu Shastra.
TWO MAIN BRANCHES OF VASTU SHASTRA
- Daiva Shilpa is used for reference for the construction of temples and places for Vedic rituals such as yagyas and homas.
- Manava Shilpa is consulted for;
Building homes or houses for all.
Building towns and large residential complexes
Building commercial complexes including offices, malls, shopping complexes
- Building Industries, factories, manufacturing units