Vastu Shastra – An Indian art of Architecture and Construction

Vastu Shastra is deals with the basic principles of architecture and construction. It is an ancient Indian culture and tradition which provides a decent architecture science with ancient art in the structure of homes, offices, shops, temples and other buildings.

In general term Vastu Shastra is the combination of art and science in the construction field. It is an old time Hindu traditional system of design which based on directional alignments. According to Indian history the original Vastu Shastra was written nearly three thousand years ago.

The word Vastu Shastra is derived from the two Sanskrit words ‘Vastu’ and ‘Shastra’. The meaning of ‘Vastu’ is the site or foundation of a house, home, and building. The word ‘Shastra’ can be described as science, art, doctrine and teaching.

Basic aspects of Vastu Shastra
Vastu Shastra

 

Basic aspects of Vastu Shastra
In Vastu Shastra basically there are five elements of Vastu known as the pancha maha bhoota which are described below –

* Bhumi
Bhumi known as Earth, the third planet in order from the sun, is a big magnet with North and South poles as centers of attractions. Its magnetic field and
gravitational force has considerable effects on everything on the Earth, living and non-living.

* Jala
Water is represented by rain, river, sea and is in the form of liquid, ice and gas. It basic part of every living thing.

* Vayu
Vayu is known as Air which is a life supporting element. It’s a very powerful source of life.

* Agni
Known as Fire represents light and heat which account for day, night, the seasons and energy.

* Akasha
Space is the last elements which provide shelter to all the above elements.