Vasthu Sastra is based on the arrangements and balancing of the five elements in their proper order and proportions. These ancient sciences are still applicable in modern times. A strong votary of Vasthu Sastra, Master Yuvaraj Sowma proclaims, "Vasthu Sastra is not a question of faith, but it is a fact of life." He adds that the application of Vasthu Sastra has extended not only to residences and temples, but also to military barracks, market places, ports, administration buildings and, of course, palaces, of which many have withstood the test of time.
Master Yuvaraj Sowma (email:firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile:0091-
9840024470, 9790983585; Phone:0091-44-24915223) is a hereditary Vasthu
practitioner, who produced CDROM and VCD on Vasthu Sastra as early as 1999 itself. He has delivered
lectures around the world. The speciality of Master Yuvaraj Sowma (www.vasthusastra.com) is that he
suggests ways and means of getting out of the Vasthu problems, without major demolition. He offers
remedial measures to overcome the evil effects of badly constructed premises.
How did you get interest in Occult sciences,
especially Vasthu? How did you learn?
I was born in a family that has a long history of many
generations of Astrologers and Vasthu Sastra
practitioners. I happen to be the 7th
practitioners. My father Jyothisha and Vasthu Rathna
Sri. Sowma was the 6th generation Astrologer and
Vasthu Pandit. After completing my school, my father
insisted that I should learn this divine art and then he
appointed a pandit for teaching. He himself also taught
me advanced techniques, which were not available
in any text book of those days and gave me practical
knowledge. Between 1984 until 1994, I followed my
father and gained practical experience in the field of
Could you explain in simple words what is Vasthu Sastra? What are its basic principles?
The word "Vasthu" is derived from 'vasa', meaning
habitat. In Sanskrit, 'vast' is referred to as the site
for construction of a residence. The word "Vasthu"
refers to both the site on which a building is raised
and to the building itself. "Sastra" means science.
Other terms that refer to the same topic include the art of placement, science of architecture, science of
construction, science of dwelling, science of energy
flow, and law of nature.
It is believed that Vasthu Sastra developed sometime
around 10,000 BC and subsequently one can find
reference to it in the holy epics of Ramayana and
Mahabharata, in an era when philosophy was a way
In the ancient Vedic literature, especially in the
Matsya Purana, the 18 originators of the science of
Vasthu Sastra are mentioned. Among them, Maya
the great scientist, architect and town-planner of old
India is generally recognised as the author of Vasthu
The science of Town-planning, during the Vedic period
(2500 BC-200AD), was given paramount importance
to the extent that Indo-Aryans perfectly shaped
human settlements into various categories, depending
upon the characteristics of the population.
The application of Vasthu Sastra extended not only
to residences and temples, but also to military
barracks, market places, ports, administration
buildings and, of course, palaces, of which many have withstood the test of time.
Vasthu Sastra goes beyond architecture. Ancient masters
have recorded its principles. which encompass the
geological, geophysical and, above all cosmological and
In ancient India, architecture, medicine, astrology,
philosophy and spirituality exist in complete cross
relations to one another, their boundaries overlapping
and enriching one another.
Are the principles of Vasthu applicable to modern constructions of multi-storey buildings or flats? How? Is Vasthu effective, only within India, where it originated?
When thinking of buying property, Vasthu Sastra suggests
landed property is the best choice. However, more highrise
residential properties are being built in areas, where
land is scarce, so people might not have a choice in the
type of property they buy. While Vasthu Sastra principles
are difficult to put into place in non-landed, high-rise
property, it is not altogether impossible.
To begin with, a potential buyer should note the following:
Survey the entire plot and ensure that it is Square or Rectangular; irregular shapes with cuts and extensions are inauspicious.
Make sure that the main entrance to the high rise is
not in the inauspicious south-west quadrant.
The ground should be flat or higher in the South and
West, and lower or depressed in the North, East or
Northeast of the plot; if the plot is slightly projected in
the Northeast, it will bring prosperity and happiness to
the property occupants.
It is ideal, if the apartment building's plot is bounded
by roads on all four sides; avoid a block, where the
main entrance is facing a T-junction, as this is a major
If the space surrounding the block is unequal, there
should be more space in the East and North, than the
South and West; ensure that there are no tall structures
like mountains or buildings in the North, East or
Northeast of the apartment block's plot.
What are the basic Do's and Don'ts's in Vasthu? We need tips mainly for buying an apartment, and not only land, independent house etc.,
1. Buy the property Square or Rectangular in shape.
2. Buy the property, that will be always in higher level than road.
3. Buy the property with plants and trees
4. Buy the property, in which the Northeast corner is extended
5. Buy the property, if the river or ponds are on Northern or Eastern side.
6. Buy the property, if the hills or mountain are on Southern or Western side
7. Buy the property, if the front-side is narrow and the back-side is wider
8. Buy the property from rich people.
9. Buy the property, only after completing exhaustive Vasthu analysis.
1. Don't buy the T-junction or Y-junction property
2. Don't buy the property, which is near to the temple,
mosque or church.
3. Don't buy the property near to the graveyard
4. Don't buy the property, that emerged from
5. Don't buy the property near the marshy land
6. Don't buy the property, with corner-cut.
7. Don't buy irregular-shaped properties
8. Don't occupy the house, before doing house-warming
9. Don't take Vasthu advice from inexperienced and
not well-versed people.
Could you recommend result-oriented remedies, to rectify structural defects, without tearing down walls or demolitions?
One of the purest forms of rectification in Vasthu Sastra
is the placement of Yantras (Mystical diagrams) in the
eight cardinal compass directions of a property. It is a
powerful product used in Vasthu correction of a negative
environment, and proper placement of the diagrams has
been found to provide a cure for the negativity that
afflicts the property.
The Yantras are divided according to the five elements
(earth, air, fire, water and ether) and are available in
Gold, Silver or Copper. Each Yantra has a different
purpose and is either buried or hung on the walls, in the
eight sectors of a property.
They are used for a dweller, seeking contentment,
comforts, education, success and love. They remove
restlessness, and avert failure and troubles. They bestow
wisdom and respect, create affection, and remove
worries and bring success in the effort to seek spirituality
The Yantras are blessed with "Kumkum" prior to the
ceremony. The recommended use is on the land of a
new property (residential or commercial) for a building
that is unable to have the things arranged according to
Yantras should be placed, before the building is constructed and it should be done by a qualified Vasthu
expert. It involves a prayer ceremony, to nullify the
negative effects in the ground and renew the gravitational
power of the Earth.
Just as a mantra is a sound composition, a Yantra is a
geometrical composition that reveals a particular energy
configuration, whose power increases in exact proportion
to the abstraction and precision of the diagram. Used
together with a mantra or seed sound syllables, each
Yantra displays the patterns of force, heard in the mantra.
Once a dweller has performed this ceremony, the power
of the Yantra buried in the particular plot can last for 60
Are Vasthu Sastra tenets quite effective for modern-day offices?
The ancient science of construction (Vasthu Sastra)
doesn't just apply to a home. A place of business should
also be in tune with the five elements of ether, air, fire,
water and earth, so that the Management and the
employees work in harmony, to achieve success.
The Managing Director of the office should occupy the
Southwest quadrant and should face North, while sitting
at his desk. The flooring in the room should be 7cm to
15cm higher than the rest of the office. His or her Table
should be in the extreme Southwest corner of the room,
and it would be auspicious, if the door to the room were
in the Northeast quadrant.
The second person in command
, like a General Manager
or Manager, should occupy the South and West
quadrants. He or she should sit facing North, while
occupying a Southern room and should face East in a
western room. All other staff should sit facing East.
The Finance Manager should sit in the North quadrant
facing North or East, as this will yield enhanced financial
Tables or counters should be designed in such a way
that Sales persons
face either East or North and the
customers face West or South. The Sales staff should
occupy the Northwest quadrant.
The administration and Human Resources departments
should be in the East.
If the office has a prayer room, it should be located in
the Northeast and should be kept clean and free from
Showcases, racks and cupboards should be against
Western and Southern walls.
should be placed in the Northwest and
the water cooler or dispenser should be placed in the
If the office has a pantry
, it is highly recommended that
it be placed in the Southeast quadrant. There must be
toilets or pantry in the Northeast and Southwest
People in decision-making positions should avoid sitting
under a beam, as they may find it difficult to make the
right decisions. Such beams can be concealed by false
The centre of the office should be kept empty.
Workspaces, too, should be harmonized as much as
possible, because many people spend the prime hours
of the day at work. Even if the space does not belong to
you, you spend much time in it; neither is it simply a
"temporary" space. Rushing through work and not
respecting the environment can cause tension and
hostility to the individual.
A Vasthu Sastra-friendly office can help foster a strong
harmonious relationship between the occupant and his
or her colleagues, so the space should be treated with
The shape of the plot where the office is located should
be square or rectangular, if possible. Buildings, too, should
be the same as "cuts" and "voids" can distort the flow
of positive energy.
Taller buildings or flyovers should not overshadow the
Never choose a shop with the entrance in the Southwest,
as it will invite trouble and financial problems.
As with a house, the main entrance of the commercial
space should not be obstructed by power cable poles,
trees or tall structures.
The office should be properly lit and have adequate
Natural lighting wherever possible is important, because
long exposure to fluorescent lighting can harm the natural
balance of the human body.
Give us a few Vasthu tips for Restaurants
Have you ever wondered why all factors such as quality,
location etc being equal, still some restaurants attract a
huge number of patrons, while others can't attract much?
Vasthu Sastra could explain why.
A restaurant arranged according to Vasthu principles is
likely to see a constant flow of customers. A restaurant's
should face North or East, auspicious
directions for food-related businesses. In a North-facing
restaurant, the Cashier
should sit in the Northwest
quadrant facing East. In a South or West-facing property,
the Cashier should occupy the Southwest quadrant and
face East. In an East-facing restaurant, the Cashier
should face North or face East.
Of course, the kitchen's
location is every bit as important
as the cashiers'. Meals prepared in the correct location
tend to taste better, and that, of course, would ensure a
The first choice for the kitchen
is the Northwest (Air)
quadrant, with chefs facing North, when cooking. The
second choice is the Southeast (Fire) quadrant, with
chefs facing East, when cooking. If a sub kitchen
or preparing Barbique and tandoori dishes is
required, its stove /grill / tandoori
oven should be located
in front of the premises, in the Southeast or Northwest.
The ideal location for the display of sweets and cakes
would be in the Northwest. This quadrant will ensure
desserts selling fast.
Groceries and foodstuffs
should be stored in the South, West or Southwest.
should be located in the Southeast, South, West or Northwest; the Wash Basin
is to be in the East or North.
A bowl of water or fountain
can be placed in the
Northeast quadrant, which is the Water corner. Tables
should preferably be square or rectangular.
Kindly explain two Case-studies, (i) Residential
flat (ii) Business premises. You can indicate even
a case, where Vasthu recommendations could not
be carried out.
(Problem could not be rectified here)
Businessman Mr. Steve has decided to vacate his doublestorey
house, which has a Southwest entrance and facing
"I have been staying in the house for eight years
and I discovered that the woes I have been facing is
due to bad Vasthu Sastra. I have been suffering
heavy financial losses and law suits and the
harmony in my house was disturbed,"
After Vasthu consultation, it was found that he could
not rectify the problems in his house, owing to two major
faults: a Southwest opening and a T-junction.
In Vasthu Sastra, the only Compass direction, in which
it is inauspicious to have a front entrance is the
Southwest; and facing T-junction just makes things
worse. Wealth will not flow into such a house. Southwest
is the Master's quadrant and it must not have any
opening, as the positive energy that is supposed to be
stored in the property will exit. Steve said that he would
be moving into a rented property facing Northwest next
month and wanted to sell off his property. There was
no other way.
(success, after Vasthu correction)
Anthony Das, Managing Director of an IT company,
was surprised to discover recently that for the past two
years he had been working, while sitting in the Fire
corner (Southeast) of his office; because of this, he often
had conflicts with his employees. He said that he was
unable to control some of his Staff that occupied the
South-west (Master's) quadrant.
After learning about Vasthu Sastra, Das re-arranged
his office and turned the Southwest corner into his room
and had his workers moved to the Northeast and
Northwest sectors. He said, "I feel a lot better
personally because I'm much calmer and my
relationship with them is more cordial now"