What Is Vastu as per Vastu Shastra? How is it relevant in 2023?

Vastu Concept, How Vastu works, How to approach Vastu for your home, Vastu orientation

Vastu is an old-age concept and is practiced for thousands of years, especially in India. Many of us believe in Vastu or Vastu Shastra and want to design our homes according to it. It is basically a Sanskrit word and in English, it is written as Vastu. Some people often write it as Vaastu too.

But many of us are not aware of it and don’t know where to start with.

Is Vastu shastra required before purchasing a land or house?

How to do Vastu for an existing home?

How it works and how to approach it?

Let’s understand the Vastu concept as per Vastu Shastra!

Vastu is essential in the planning phase, before building your home and doing your interior design.

Vastu as per Vastu Shastra


Vastu shastra is a Vedic concept about the advantageous and valuable orientation of space in relation to the five elements viz earth, water, heat or light, air, and the ether. From homes to gardens, offices and all places of dwelling are subjects of management according to Vastu. Orientation and management of space are done according to Vedic astrology for flourishing and prosperous living. In short, it’s a combination of nature and architecture.

          A simple explanation in this respect may be likened to making an air castle. This is not viable and not practical because the element of ether is inimical to such a concept. A house obviously needs a foundation even as it may float. And not only the element of ether but the other four elements must be considered for the desired effect.

          Vastu harnesses the hidden power of the original elements in relation to the respective individual to make things comfortable and progressive in his living and working place.

This is why the science of Vastu is sought after mostly for two reasons:

  • At the time of the beginning of construction
  • Remedial purposes after the construction have actually been completed.

Vastu-How does it Work

It is the uniqueness of individuality that is the first and foremost consideration in every given case. No two persons are alike as his family and relatives. Some people are very comfortable in a hill station as there are people who live happily near the seashore and that is just about location. Other phenomena, of course, count in every other facet.

           We hear people often say, “After I moved house from where I lived I find I am losing health and am not comfortable.”

  To the ordinary eye, the aspects and phenomena are invisible in this case. But a Vastu expert can diagnose the problem and, maybe, he will suggest planting some inexpensive chrysanthemum at the main door that will take care of the host of difficulties! There are several examples that may be cited.

          Slight modifications, the use of inexpensive gemstones, or a change in the kitchen or garden do have effects and have good and impressive results one can experience. Moreover, the principle of Vastu is not a passing fad or craze, nor is it arbitrary. It is time-tested and positive.

How to Approach Vastu for Home

There are so many questions that pop up in your mind Like, when and How you are going to implement Vastu for your home?

Is Vastu needed before building your home or before buying land?

What to do if you want Vastu for a flat or your existing home?

According to Vastu, initially, two things need to be examined before implementing Vastu for home

  • To test the soil to determine the quality of the land.
  • Study the horoscope of the landowner (The person who already purchased or going to purchase)

Nowadays soil testing is replaced by dust analysis in the case of apartment dwellings and completed houses. Soil or dust testing of a house serves as a reflector of many factors and it is like a pathological investigation so to say.

Next, the study of the horoscope reveals compatibility and individual traits.  Some people do not have horoscopes; in such cases, a Tajak horoscope is made by the astrologer for necessary study. 

Usually, an on-the-spot verification is not necessary, if soil or dust analysis is done because this test alone can reveal the negative areas needing treatment and areas that need fortification. This exercise has been done there arises the feature of orientation.


Orientation can be said to be either advice or prescription. There are more constants and fewer variables in this regard and sometimes constants need to be sacrificed or substituted. And this depends largely according to the individual.

For example, for a Jovian (who is characterized by Jupiter as the ruling planet) a drain line in the northeast is not at all beneficial because financial losses will be heavy in such a case. There, the prudent astrologer chooses to sacrifice the ‘constant’ for a ‘variable’ and advises the water to be drained in the northern direction. Should this be difficult, there is another way:  render the drain line out of sight! Still difficult? Then, one or two ornamental banana plants on the drain will do the trick.  If none of the two above-mentioned methods is practicable, fortify the northeast as the best resort and the problem is gone. This needs some expertise to practice.

For general information, you may like to read ‘Vastu Ratnakara’ which is a great book on the subject.

*Note-The book is in the Hindi language and is good for those who want to learn Vastu in Hindi. It’s hard to find this book in the English language.


Vastu may be an old-age concept but many people rigorously follow this and ensure their homes are designed according to Vastu. Many people may argue against it but there is nothing bad to design in a certain way that gives you confidence and peace.

You just have to design your home in a certain way that is according to your requirement and convenience and on top of that involve Vastu. The main aim of the Vastu concept is peace, prosperity, and the well-being of you and your loved ones.

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