Vastu Shastra, the ancient Indian science that deals with the principles of designing a built environment in tandem with the laws of nature, has stood the test of time for centuries. Vastu denotes ‘habitat’ or ‘dwelling’ and Shastra means ‘science’. Vastu Shastra dictates the placement, proportion and orientation of various architectural elements to build spaces that represent equilibrium and communicate harmoniously with nature. With increased awareness about the positive impact of Vastu Shastra among the general public, designers of contemporary home interiors are making it a point to incorporate its guidelines.
According to ancient texts, Lord Brahma, considered the Creator by Hindus, created the Vastu principles. In the olden times, Vastu was diligently employed while constructing temples, palaces, forts and homes of the rich and aristocrats. It is believed that strictly following the guidelines of Vastu while planning a home or structure ensures prosperity and auspiciousness while also protecting those living in those spaces from negative energies. By harnessing the power of all the five elements – the earth, water, fire, air and space – Vastu norms aim to create harmonious spaces that enhance well-being, prosperity and spiritual growth. It is no wonder that Vastu Shastra is still relevant in the realm of architecture and interior design even in these modern times. More so, since the guidelines are now available to everyone to read and understand. As a result, more and more clients are particular about adhering to Vastu.
Over time, scholars have come to acknowledge the scientific basis of the Vastu tenets. So, somearchitects and designers, who once dismissed it as a set of superstitions, have begun to understand its benefits and incorporate it in their designs.
As one of the top interior designers in Delhi, MADS Creations ensures that our design plans comply with this holistic knowledge handed down to us through the centuries. Today when wellness is intrinsically woven into the design, it becomes imperative that the positive change brought into our living spaces through Vastu is recognised and honoured. Compliance with Vastu begins right at the construction level. Builders and architects are particular about adapting Vaastu tenets into their plans. The orientation of doors and windows, the placement of kitchen, bedrooms, etc., are done accordingly.
At a time, when people are reconnecting with ancient wisdom for succor in all realms of life, the emphasis Vastu lays on balanced environments and wellbeing, is being acknowledged by not just Indians, but also outsiders. The adaptation of Vastu is not restricted to residential spaces. It is gaining popularity in commercial, hospitality, office, industrial spaces, as well. Especially when faced with unexpected hardships in life, people are seeking out Vastu experts for advice. Architects and interior designers are often called upon to make homes Vastu compliant.
What has led to this popularity is the scientific basis of the Vastu Shastra. So it is not all about aesthetics. Vastu tenets take into consideration the earth’s magnetic field, its gravitational force, solar radiation, and the intensity and direction of the wind to recommend site selection, spatial arrangements and orientation of specific rooms. Considering each material radiates a certain kind of energy in conjunction with its environments, Vastu also recommends what materials best suit a particular site or project.
Vastu principles thus underline the significance of aligning our physical environments with the cosmic energy flow, leading to better physical, emotional and spiritual health. A healthy mind and body in turn paves the way for improved relationships, financial status and vitality. For example, one of the simple principles dictates that the main door should be oriented towards the East to receive the maximum amount of the revitalizing energy of the Sun. Also, in the Indian context, the wind movement is from North-West, so placing the kitchen in the South-West is considered a good idea, since, in case of fire accidents, the direction of wind from the opposite side discourages its spread. It also disperses odors from the kitchen effectively.
However, superstitions and wrong notions about Vastu mire it in suspicion and skepticism. People often approach it with fear that if a home or office is not aligned with Vastu principles, it brings upon bad luck, which is not true. While such spaces may lack good vibrations that are essential for happy living, they don’t cause bad luck. So, instead of going to make corrections only during a bad phase in life, it is important to take inspiration from this age-old knowledge and create spaces that are always brimming with vital energy and good cheer. When you consider it as a holistic science, Vastu can really be transformative and set you on a path of growth, happiness and prosperity.
One of the myths surrounding Vastu principles is that complying with its principles will mean making major structural changes to existing structures. But there are many ways of vitalizing spaces with minor changes. For example, by changing the arrangement of the furniture, or by bringing in life-affirming colours and plants into the interiors, spaces can be enlivened. People also tend to believe that Vastu can provide magical solutions to their problems. It is true that Vastu has the power to offer emotional and mental protective shield against negativities, however, it is not a panacea for all and any kind of problems that may stem from diverse reasons.
While Vastu guidelines find mention in religious texts, their benefits go beyond that sphere. Anybody who understands the impact of the elements and our surroundings on built environments will easily identify the advantages of the tenets and would want to follow them.
In conclusion, considering Vastu guidelines are aimed at promoting a balanced lifestyle by uplifting the spaces, as well as the spirit of those inhabiting the spaces, they will continue to be relevant in the future too.
This defies the influence of artificial energy sources like the electricity leading to the use of fans, air conditioners, chimneys, etc., in interiors. However, there are many intricate guidelines that are beneficial to contemporary home interiors.