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Q: What is Vastu?
A: Vaastu is a traditional Indian theory of architecture that guides the design and construction of buildings and harmony with the natural laws of the universe. Vaastu science has its roots in the Vedas dating back 7000 years and is very mathematical. It provides detailed information about how to select land, as well as how to design and construct buildings.

Q: How does Vaastu help us?
A: Vaastu harmonizes ones life with nature, allowing one to unfold to their optimum potential.

Q: When do I need a Vastu consultation?
A: Vaastu consultation could be very helpful if you are purchasing or renting a house, or designing a home. It is especially recommended if you are facing problems and hurdles in life, or if there is lack of harmony at home or work.

Q: What is the significance of the Vastupurusha?
A: Vaastupurusha is the symbolic representation of all the physiological and psychological changes that take place within us as well as within a house.

Q: Why are the directions important in Vastu?
A: Different planets govern different directions and have specific influences on the inhabitants. By understanding the directions, one is able to balance the different forces harmoniously.

Q: According to Vastu, what do the various directions represent?
A: East governs prosperity, wisdom and male issues. Southeast governs health, fire, cooking and food South governs wealth, crops, happiness and the female head of the family Southwest governs character, behavior, longevity, and death West governs name, fame, prosperity, and the male head of the family Northwest governs change, income from business, enmity and friendship North governs wealth, prosperity and female issues Northeast governs health, wealth, spirituality and all round prosperity.

Q: What is the best direction for a house to face?
A: Each direction has an exalted position where the front entrance can be placed and thus the house can face any direction.

Q: What are the things that are to be kept in mind while selecting a plot?
A: The major factors that should be kept in mind while selecting a plot are geographical surroundings, level of the land, and roads around the plot.

Q: Do colors play a role in Vastu?
A: Yes, the colours in ones home or landscape should be coordinated with the colors of the respective planets and elements associated with different directions. Doing this will enhance the energy flow around you.

Q: How does Vastu affect me if I am living in a rental accommodation?
A: Vaastu principles affect you wherever you are living.

Q: How can Vastu be applied to commercial and industrial premises?
A: The science of Vaastu is universal, and the basic principles are applicable to all types of buildings. Some specific points to keep in mind for commercial and industrial buildings are: inventory should ideally be placed in the Northwest sector to facilitate faster movement; equipment should be placed more to the Southwest and Southeast sides; chemicals should be stored underground in the Northeast.

Q: What is the relationship between Ayurveda and Vaastu?
A: Ayurveda considers that our physiology and psychology are governed by three principles called vaata, pitta, and kapha, which in turn are represented by the five elements. Vaata is represented by space and air, pitta by fire and water, kapha by earth and water. Planetary forces in turn govern the elements. Nothing is a part form the other. Vaastu science is based on the interconnection and interplay of these factors in the one quantum soup that includes all existence.

Q: What is the role of religion in Vaastu?
A: Religion plays no role in vastu. Vastu is based on universal principles of planetary forces elements. Religion is based on an individuals belief.

Q: Is there a similarity between Vastu and solar home plans?
A: Yes, both Vaastu and solar home designs maximize the suns energy. Unlike solar home plans, Vaastu works to maximize the energy of other planets as well.

Q: Are Vastu principles uniform throughout the world?
A: The principles of Vastu are based on energy flow and the distribution of elements. These factors are uniform throughout the world. However, in different geographical locations the building could be designed t accommodate various climatic conditions while preserving good vastu. For example, if you are living in the Northern hemisphere, far away from the equator, a Northeast front entrance door can be exchanged for a wide glass window to avoid the cold Northeasterly winds.

Q: As you go closer to the North or South Pole, the East and West directions merge. How does one identify the Vaastu directions from there?
A: As per ancient Vaastu methodology one must establish the direction of the East by using the help of a gnomon. A detailed explanation of how to use the gnomon is given in the chapter, "Understanding Extension."

Q: What is the earths polarity and how does it affect Vaastu?
A: There is no reference in any Vaastu text linking its principles to the earths magnetism. Vaastu is purely based on the interrelationship of planetary forces and their elemental principles. Hence Vaastu principles do not change with the change in earths polarity.

Q: What are the differences/similarities between Vaastu and feng shui?
A: Both have their roots in the knowledge of planetary energies and the basic elements governed by the forces of nature. Feng shui takes into consideration wind, water, fire, and air as the basic elements, while Vaastu takes into consideration space, air, fire, water, and earth. Vaastu is more mathematical.

Q. What is the main object of Vastushastra?
A:The object of Vastushastra is to provide guidelines for proper construction of houses, shops, commercial buildings etc. Vastu determines the position of the house with regard to points of a compass and dictates the proportions of every detail in building, lines, directions, skylines, elongations, levels, slopes, water (underground and overhead), kitchen, bedrooms, toilets, staircase, heights of ceilings and roofs, entrances, location of doors and windows, compound walls and so on.

Q. Why one should apply Vastushastra?
A:Vastushastra is a result-oriented science and gives definite and immediate results if applied properly. It defines the proportions and details of building elongation, slopes, water tanks, kitchen, bedrooms, stairs, heights of roofs, entrances, doors, windows, walls etc. Living in harmony with the nature is theme of Vastushastra. Vastushastra is important for construction of houses, villages, towns, and cities.

Q. Does Vastushastra brings prosperity?
A:Yes, Vastushastra suggests ways in which we can live in tune with the laws of nature, so that we can be healthy, peaceful and work efficiently that results in prosperity.

Q. Whether Vastushastra is linked to any religion?
A: Yes, Hindus have developed it, but being an art and science of structures, it can be used and applied irrespective of the religion.

Q.Which deity is worshiped in Vastu Shastra?
A:The ancient text of Vastu Shastra mentions various Gods from Hindu mythology fixing their locations on the site and prescribing the offerings to be made to them. We should treat our house like a human being, like a good friend who gives us comfort and protection. We can also give a personal name to our house. In Vastushastra it is known as Vastu Purusha. The Vastu Purusha is said to be the spirit of the site. Its in the form of a human male and lies on the site with his head towards the east, his posture fitting exactly in a square. Aesthetically correct dimensions of rooms, doors windows and even the structural members like plinth and pillars can be determined on the concept of Vastu Purusha. Even the interior can be made by the posture of the Vastu Purusha and the norms, which specifies where and how the structure should be built, so that it does not injure him.

Q. Which is the ideal plot?
A:A plot is square if all four sides are straight and equal in length and it has equal angle of 90 degree at all four corners. Square is the best shape of a plot. A plot is rectangular if it has four straight sides and equal angles of 90 degree at all corners with opposite sides of equal length. A rectangular plot having its length not more that double the breadth (length and breadth not more that 1:2) is a very good plot.

Q. How one can determined direction of his plot?
A:Direction of a plot can be determined by any of the two modern simple methods by using a compass, the device for finding direction which has a freely moving needle which always points to the magnetic North. Make two lines crossing each other dividing a paper in four equal parts at 90-degree angle. Place a compass on paper in the middle of your plot and align it with two lines in the North and the South of the needle of the compass. Extend these lines on the plot and mark it to have exact direction.

Q. What should be the proportion of length and breadth of house?
A: The proportion between length and breadth should be 1:1 but it should not exceed 1:2 ratio.

Q.Does the size of house affects the fortune of the person who is living in it?
A:Yes, the size of length, breadth both effect the fortune of the person who lives in it.

Q. Which is the best location for bedrooms?
A:The Southwest portion of the house is meant for bedroom for adults. It may be located in the South, and will be congenial for comfortable living. Master bedroom may be on the upper storey, if any, in the Southwest portion of the house.

Q. In which direction one should sleep?
A:Direction of a person while sleeping also has importance in Vastushastra. One should never sleep having head towards the North Pole and legs towards the South Pole. However one may sleep having legs towards the West and head towards the East for mental peace, good thoughts and spirituality.

Q. Which is a good location for children room?
A: Children room should be in the northwest or West Side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms.

Q. Whether there is any principle in Vastushastra regarding location of Kitchen?
A: Location of kitchen has health implications. Presiding deity of the Southeast is Agni, the God of fire; hence kitchen may be located the southeast corner of the house.

Q. Whether location of study-room has any effect on Vastushastra?
A:One should face the North or the East or the Northeast while studying and he will be shining more. Therefore the best locations for study room are the north, east, or northeast. These directions attract the positive effects of Mercury increasing brain power, Jupiter increasing wisdom, Sun increasing ambition and Venus helps in bringing about creativity in new thoughts and ideas. Books may be kept in the Southwest side of the room. Study room may have door on the East or the North, or the Northeast .

Q. Which is the best location for Dining room?
A: The dining room should be located in the East or the West or the North nears the kitchen. Northwest corner is good for perishable goods. Dinning room may be in the Northwest direction, which leads to quicker consumption of food.

Q. Is there is any location of bathrooms prescribed in Vastushastra?
A: As per Vastushastra, the East is the place for the bathroom. Attached bathroom may preferably be in the North, or the East of a bedroom. Shower, bathing tub and wash basin in the bathroom may be in the Northeast, or the North or the East direction. One may have bath in the North or the East area in the bathroom. Bathroom should never be constructed in the center or in the southwest corner of the house.

Q. What should be the best location of Drawing room?
A:Drawing room should be preferably in the Northeast or the North or the East but not in the Southwest portion of the house. More vacant space should be given in the Northeast corner of the drawing room.. Door is preferable on the East towards the Northeast side.

Q. What should be the best location of storeroom?
A:Storeroom should be made in the Northwest or Southwest portion of the house. It is very beneficial if grains and other provisions are stored in the Northwest store. All heavy things may be stored in the Southwest of the storeroom. Garbage may be collected in the Southern side portion of the house.

Q. What are the things that are to be kept in mind while selecting a plot ?
A: The major factors to be kept in mind while selecting a plot are: Geographical surroundings & Level of the land.

Q. Can Vaastu Shatra really improve a persons luck?
A: Yes, it can. Vaastu Shatra is an ancient science based on a rich Indian philosophy which has been in practice for thousands of years. Many Indians have benefited from its practice.

Q: How and why does it work?
A: Our human body is part of the universe. Vaastu Shastra is all about aligning a persons cosmic energy with natures energies. When these energy lines are aligned, the person will feel a sense of positive energy, which will improve his luck.

Q: Does it cost a lot to practise Vaastu Shastra?
A: No, Vaastu Shastra can be practised by almost anyone at minimum cost.

Q: Must one be a Hindu to practise it?
A: Though Vaastu Shastra is based on Hindu philosophy, it can be practised by anyone regardless of ones religious affinity.

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