Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vasthu compliance

Almost everyone irrespective of religion and cast are now aware of importance of Vasthu in designing and building a house.Some people think of Vasthu as a superstitious belief.Vasthu is not superstition or blind belief.It is basically a science which deals with effect of polarity on human beings developed  by old sages of India.

Like many sciences developed by old Indian sages, several aspects of Vasthu are also lost especially those dealing with why certain effects happen.Such loss has happened mainly because of reluctance of our old sages to teach the knowledge they acquired till they find a student good enough for teaching.Sometimes they will never find that good student and the knowledge acquired by the sage will die with him.All science and other knowledge oceans we have are passed on to next generation through books and in normal case,next generation after studying and understanding knowledge already acquired try to improve upon that.

One area where there is no clear cut written information is  available is on House construction In Kerala.That is why I started writing these blogs using my experience in designing and building houses in Kerala.

During my years in designing and building houses,I have seen and heard the influence of Vasthu factors in the life of people living in houses.With these first hand knowledge I can tell that Vasthu as written in books are completely correct and it influences life of people.But Vasthu is one area where there are so many crooks with little or no knowledge in Vasthu but pretends to be experts in Vasthu .They emphatically tell people totally wrong ideas as vasthu factors.Most of them belong to old “Asaries”of Kerala.

As Per Vasthu there are four sections in a house.North East portion is called Eesanya.This is ideal for Pooja room and this area should be kept neat and tidy.This is the only area where there can be well for the plot.Our old asaris used to keep Kitchen in North East and some of those crooks who call themselves as experts of Vasthu insists on advising people to put Kitchen at North East which is not correct and it will give bad effects to people staying in the house.

Second zone is South east. It is called Agni kone and it is ideal for Kitchen.If you have a Bed room at South east it will give very bad effects.South West is called Nairudhi and North West is called Vayu corner.Ideal position for Bed room is at South west.In an office the Chief should sit at south west.North West can be second option for Kitchen.If you want to study Vasthu get book on Vasthu available at The Avenue  Press,25,D’Silva Road,Mylapore.Chennai-600004.Please do not simply believe all those self proclaimed experts on Vasthu who will definitely misguide you.

I had several experiences of these crooks misguiding my clients as I do not wear a Kaavi mundu and sport  a long beard to look like a Vasthu expert like these crooks.While designing house for a Marine Engineer at Edappally I have kept all rooms at Vasthu correct positions.But the owner of the house wanted to cross check with a Namboodiri who is the self proclaimed expert of Vasthu in Kerala and he get the maximum business for Vasthu consultation In Kerala.Almost everyone desirous of Vasthu compliance simply believes him and he due to his ignorance advice them wrong positions.Whatever plan of the house you take to him ,he will say that Vasthu is wrong.He has got a drawing section who will redraw the plan and will charge for redrawing the plan.Only if you redraw then only you can get money from the client.So he make money by misguiding people.

This Marine Engineer client of mine got the plan redrawn  by the Namboodiri resulting in wrong Vasthu positions.After few years he started getting wrong effects in the house and then he called another Vasthu expert who fortunately was knowledgeable on Vasthu.He told my client about wrong positions of rooms and then he called me.Fortunately I had copy of original plan with me untampered by the great Vasthu Namboodiri.So the new expert told my client that all changes made by the Namboodiri was wrong.I had several clients who go to him after getting plan from me and then he changes positions of rooms.Luckily in the recent past he made only dimension changes for a Plan and kept room positions as I kept.I do not know What happened to him.

Then there is this so called story of “Chuttalavu” and “Maranachuttu” talked about by our local Asaris which do not have any mention in Vasthu books.My attempts to learn this from old Asaris was not producing any effect as none of them was willing to part with the secret.Finally I got a fellow who after making me promise not to tell the secret to any one told me the great story of Marana Chuttu.I have not told anyone this secret even after years.This deals with chuttalavu or perimeter of plan of the house.Take this measurement in meters.Convert the measurement into old measurement system in Kerala.Instead of feet introduced by British people and meter introduced in India after independence,they used Kol as measurement unit.One kol is 0.72 meters.If you convert perimeter of a house into kol and divide it by a certain number, the result should not be a whole number.If it is so the owner of the house will die immediately after completing the house.This is called Maranachuttu.If it is exactly in between two numbers say something like 3.5,then the perimeter of the house is supposed to be highly auspicious.

I do not understand the logic of this.It is as good as assigning divinity to the measurement system called Kol and Angulam which cannot be true and hence this story of maranachuttu does not have any scientific basis and can only be a lie by these crooks.These local self proclaimed experts of Vasthu insists on having this safe perimeter for each room also and I do not follow these as in my opinion,this has no justifiable basis of correctness.

11 comments:

  1. Excellent Article. I have been reading articles about vastu for last 2 months but this article is the answer of my question about the exact position of kitchen and many other. One of my friends was asking me to fix kitchen in North East and I was unnecessarly confused....! Thanks a lot boss

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  2. I have asked several of those who advise people to keep Kitchen at North East,why they misguide people like this when it is clear that Esanya corner of the house(North East) should be kept neat and tidy and used for use like Pooja Room?
    One reason they told is that for years together they have been advising people to go for North East Kitchen andso they now suggest South East,North west and North East as positions for Kitchen
    See they consider their ego bigger than giving proper advice to people

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  3. Hi, thanks for the article. My husband & I live in US and we are int he market for buying a already built home (buying a land and build is expensive). Please suggest what we should do since the homes we like are not suitable per Vasthu and the homes that are correct per Vasthu and not suitable for us. Our folks in India are insistent about following Vasthu and though we know it's for our benefit, it is still frustating to search for homes. Please help.

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  4. Buying ready built villa or apartment is in fact foolish in Kerala conditions.There is not even one so called reputed builder in Kerala who actually design and build houses.All that they have is a marketing office and huge advertisement through internet and media.They go on sub contracting entire work and those who take work from them again sub contract with the result that the firm which take payment from you for villa/apartment may not even know people who actually do the building work.Every body involved is bothered only about maximising profit and quality is the last consideration.Ultimate client sees the building only after painting and by that time they would have covered quality issues from the eyes of customer for the time being.
    After you buy the property,it will be your head ache to deal with quality problems and after effects.
    Coming to cost,building your own house directly will be much more cheap provided you have a reputed quality conscious professional agency like ours to do it.We can buy land ,design house as per your desires and Vasthu and see the work progressing simply by sitting in any part of the world through blog specifically created for your work
    Log onto
    www.keralaarchitecture.com
    Click on Know and reach us.
    You will get links to houses we designed and constructed and construction going on in different parts of Kerala and even outside state.Most of our clients are NRIs who have no one to take care of their property in India.
    I very rarely check comments on blogs as I have nearly 30 blogs.So please write to me to
    vhthomas@viruvelil.com
    for further communications

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  5. Dear Thomas,

    Kitchen can be SE, NE, NW. Please read "Vaasthu Pramangal" by Vamanan Namboodiri published by DC books. It combines both metric and old measurements. But, traditionally, in North Malabar, the "Aasari"'s preferred Kitchen at NE, due to the nearness of a well (mostly constructed at East).

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  6. How can you say that particular author is the undisputed authority on Vasthu?
    Kitchen should preferably come at Agni Konam(south East).North East is Esana Konam ideal for use as Pooja Room.Yes.It is the only place for a well.
    Even though old asaris of Kerala was suggesting Kitchen at North East,it is wrong.In case South East Kitchen is not possible due to any other inconvineances second Option of kitchen is North West as per Vasthu.
    You can buy authoritative books on Vasthu from Avenue Press,Chennai.Those books are written by those who have done Doctorate research in Vasthu

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  7. Dear Sir,
    My name is Viju and i have been reading your blogs and articles from few months back when i first though of having a new house for me. This is realy wonderful and very informative. Also I have gone through many other websites and videos for Vasthu related knowledge on positions of rooms, well, main enterance etc. And the position of kitchen is always a confusing thing. Most of the Vasthu experts says, SE is the best position for kitchen and can provide it in NE also as a second option. If you read Vasthu 'ASK EXPERT' session in Manoramaonline website you can find that there are many peoples asking the same question "where can they provide kitchen" and Mr.Manoj S Nair who is the expert asnwering this is advising SE is ideal postion and NE is the second best.

    Also what i have seen in my area is that 90 percentage of houses are built with kitchen in NE area including my house. I have been living in this house from last 24 years and did not have much difficulties so far. Now i have started the construction of my new house facing west with kitchen provided in NE area. And you are saying that if we put kitchen in NE it will give bad effect to those who stays in that house. What are those bad effects? I have asked this to many and did not get a proper answer. So i belief that the position of kitchen is still contradictory amoung vastu experts.

    Another thing is that the posiotn of head while we sleeping. As per vasthu experts from kerala we can put our head towards East or South, but if you ask some vastu experts from north india they will advise to put your head towards west not towards east. Hence it seems some of these concerns are just beliefs and no one able to answer the bad effects properly.

    Expecting your points in this regards...

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  8. You can buy and read "Vasthu,The users Manual "edited by Dr.Udaya Prabhakar,Ph.D and published by Avenue Press,D Silva Road,Chennai-600001.Instead of depending on sayings of different people study Vasthu well from authoritative books.
    North East is Esana Konam where you can have Pooja room.It is the only place for well.
    I have checked up with many of the older school people and they have told me that as North east is the only ideal place for well,as cooking was done by drawing water from well they used to advise putting Kitchen at North east.It was mainly due to convineance even though it is not a proper place for Kitchen
    Kitchen should come at South East which is Agni Konam.Second option is at North West and definitely not North East.All present day designed houses are having Kitchen at South East.
    Just because you were having Kitchen at North East nothing seriously affecting you may not have happened as Vasthu effects are due to combined effects of many factors.Some bad effects may get compensated with some good effects.Just because you did not face any serious effects even though Kitchen was at North east does not mean that Kitchen at North East is good.Being Esana Konam North east should be kept neat and tidy.There should not be a toilet at North East and North East of the plot should not be closed by some construction.
    If you were having Kitchen at South East,then you might have experienced better prosperity living in the house.
    Master of the house should sleep in south West bed room keeping his head towards South.If he keep his head towards east while sleeping he will tend to become religious.There should not be a toilet at South west also.

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  9. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

    Villa in Chennai

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  10. excellent articles. My doubt is regarding courtyards. What should be the minimum dimensions of the court yard? Can it be a rectangle or a square?
    To get maximum ventilation and light, what should be the ideal way of making the roof? Is there any method, we can open the roof occasionally to enjoy rain falling into the 'nadumuttam'?

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  11. Questions you ask relative to details of architectural design for the building.These details cannot be given in isolation for court yard alone
    Architect who design your house can give answers to these queries with specific reference to your house design

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