North Direction – Uttar Disha – उत्तर दिशा – उदीची Udichi
South Direction – Dakshin – दक्षिण दिशा – अवाचि Avachi
East Direction – Poorva – Poorab – Purva- पूर्व – पूरब – प्राची Prachi
West Direction – Paschim – Pacchim – पश्चिम – पच्छिम दिशा – प्रतीची Pratichi
North-East Direction – Ishanya – ईशान
South-East Direction – Agneya – अग्नि
South-West Direction – Nairutya – नैऋत्य
North-West Direction – Vayavya – वायु
ऊर्ध्व Urdhwa – Aakash – Skywards
अधरस्त Adharastha – Patal – Downwards
The Northward shift of sun (Uttarayan)
Southward is (Dakshinayan).
Brahmasthan – ब्रह्मस्थान – Center of the House – घर का मध्य
Directions and Elements
Vedic Vastu is a natural law based architecture. Many ancient structures including religious worship places are based on the orientation principle of Vastu. Pyramids are a true example of orientation. Five important elements of Vastu shastra – Fire अग्नि, Water जल, Earth – पृथ्वी – भूमि, Air / Wind – वायु and Space are mutually related to the four cardinal Directions and four inter-cardinal directions of the compass.
Each Vastu direction is associated with an element and a different area of your life. If you build a structure with proper orientation as per Vastu then it eliminates lots of problems faces by a person in his/her day-to-day life. Vedic Vastu guides us on the quality and impacts of four cardinal and four inter-cardinal directions on a human being.
Vaastu is an ancient Indian design philosophy that aims to harmonize human beings with their natural environment. One way it does this is by valuing directional orientation and movement in space, which has proven valuable for architects worldwide who try to balance building structures from all angles so they are able to maximize sunlight exposure on every floor
In order for a house or other structure not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also functional, designers need plans that ensure proper flow throughout spaces such as kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms – preferably without any obstacles like furniture blocking pathways between these areas.
In Vastu Shastra, it is necessary to know the direction your premises faces in order to assess various factors. The only way to find this out is with a compass and even then there are many different interpretations of what you get back from the reading.
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Importance of north-east direction as per Vastu
A tranquility zone i.e northeast corner is highly charged with divine energy. This is the direction from which the cosmic, divine, godly, spiritual, intellectual, intuitive, and also knowledgeable energies enter the home or business premises. It must be kept more open, lightweight, clear, and spacious around the home, inside the home, and even in every room. What applies to the macrocosm, applies to the microcosm.
According to Vastu northeast is the place for water resources. A northeast zone with lush green fields, rivers, or water streams are the great features as per Vastu.
Missing the northeast corner is a serious Vastu defect. Also polluted northeast due to the location of the toilet falls under the “serious Vastu defect” category.
Importance of South-east direction as per Vastu for home or workplace
The Direction that lies midway between the east and the south is known as Agneya (south-east). Agni (fire) is the in-charge of this direction. Fire is the preserver and defender of every being. Agni also carries the message of people who worship and offer oblations with devotion to the creator. Worshippers of Agni are economically strong as well as long-living. This is the best Vastu direction for the kitchen in the house. Even the pantry in the office should be in the southeast zone.
Vastu defects in the southeast corner may cause financial worries, quarrels, litigation &, also illness depending upon the type of fault.
Importance of south direction as per Vastu
According to Vaastu Shastra, the South is the direction of Yama who is the in charge of death. Be careful while planning a construction having a door towards the south, as influences of the south are very destructive. Most noteworthy, south-facing south is not always bad but surely it requires careful planning. The Vastu defect in the south zone may cause illness or short life.
Importance of south-west direction as per Vastu
The South-West (Nairutya) corner is said to be occupied by Nairuti personifying death, decay and sorrow. Vastu defect in this corner may lead to illness, short life, unwanted expenses, and also a loss due to theft. Avoid the main door, cut or extension at the southwest corner. Properties having a cut in the southwest remains unsold for a longer period of time. People staying in the southwest zone are found more prosperous. A royal area in Mumbai in the southwest has all multi-millionaire and trillionaire’s residences.