In an ideal world, a home should be a labour of love, a sanctuary you come back to after a hectic day of facing the world. Unfortunately, most of us live in structures of brick and mortar that really cannot be called homes. The love, warmth and joy that characterises a home has gone missing in our fast-paced life.

The reason for this is that in the hectic course of our lives, we have deviated from the ancient principles of Vaastu.

Vaastu Shastra is based on the principle that a home is an abode of a living soul, the dwelling place of the entity called the Vaastu Purush.

The Vaastu Purush, according to the Matsya Purana , was born out of the sweat of Lord Shiva when he was dueling with a demon. The droplet fell on earth and turned into the prostrate figure of the cosmic man, or the Vaastu Purush.

The resting form of this cosmic man has been the basis of Hindu architecture.

The figure is lying down on earth with his head towards the north- east, feet towards south- west, and the hands pointing north- west and south- east. It is these magnetic directions that turn a house into a home.

Here are some other tips for building a house according to the principles of Vaastu Shastra and thereby ensuring a confluence of positive energies: The kitchen should be built in the south- east corner of the house with the cooking area facing east.

The bedroom should be located in the south- west with the headboard of the bed facing the south.

The bathroom should be in the east and if for some reason that’s not possible, then the geyser should be installed in the south-east corner.
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