Selection of the Site ?
Now that we have the Vaastu directions and their properties, we can focus on the selection of the site as per Vaastu Shastra. It is always recommended to go in for a site or location whose shape is as close to that of a square or rectangle as possible. In the case of a rectangle, it should be ensured that the ratio of the length and breadth does not exceed 1:2.
We should never select a circular or triangular site as it does not conform to proper directional orientation. Sites which slope towards the East, North and Northeast are expected to provide very good health, wealth and success in life. When we select a site as per Vaastu, we should also keep in mind certain important requirements like:
a) There should not be any temples or burial grounds near the site (they should be at least 100 metres away).
b) Sites with factories nearby should also be avoided.
c) Locations which have an elevated East and/or North are to be avoided unless they can be corrected.
d) Locations which have a depressed South and/or West are also to be avoided unless they can be rectified.
e) Preference should be given to North or East facing plots.
f) Sites with more than four sides like a pentagon, hexagon or polygon and other irregular or odd shapes are also to be rejected.
g) Sites where the frontage is less than the width at the back should be elected only if the front is facing the South or West. Such sites can be corrected.
h) Sites where the forntage is more than the width at the back can be selected if the front is facting the East or North. This can also be effectively corrected.
The most preferred plot is one which has a square or rectangular shape (not exceeding 1:2 ratio of length and breadth) and which has roads in both the Northern and Eastern directions. Such a plot is called a Northeast corner plot and it can be a boon to the owner immediately after purchase.
It will offer more benefits once it is utilised for construction as per the laws of Vaastu. Ideal plots should have an acute angle i.e., less than 90′ in the Northeast; an obtuse angle i.e., more than 90′ in the Southeast and Northwest; and a right angle (90′) in the Southwest.
We can grade the sites for residential purposes according to their degree of compliance and conformity to Vaastu principles.
Though the Classifications for plots are only general, the actual Vaastu gradation can be effectively improved through the building being constructed as per the principles of Vaastu.
First Grade Sites:
Sites which have roads on all the four sides are the best. When the roads in the South and West are higher than the plot level and when the roads in the East and North are lower than the plot level, it will be an added advantage. If the Northeast corner has an acute angle(projecting to the Northeast corner) and if the Southwest angle is preserved at 90′, such a plot will give excellent results. Fig.1 shows such a plot.
Northeast plots with roads to the North and East of the plot (Fig.2) with a Northeast extension that has road levels lower than the level of the site are also first grade plots.
Sites that have roads in the North and West and a Northeast projection with an acute angle in the Northeast corner in addition to a Southwest corner at an elevated level; are also first grade sites.
Sites with roads on three sides, especially in the East, North and West or East, North and South are also first grade provided the Northeast corner extends further towards the North and the East and Southwest corners of such sites are higher in level in than the Northeast corner.
Second Grade Sites:
Sites that have parallel roads in the East and West with road levels lower in the Eastern side than in the Western side.
Sites with a road in the North which slopes towards the Northeast, and an elevated South.
Sites with a road in the East which slopes towards the Northeast, and an elevated West.
Sites with roads in the North and South with level of the road and site being lower in the Northern side than in the Southern side.
Sites with roads in the North,East and South, but with all the roads being lower in level than that of the site.
Sites with roads in the East, North, West with the Western road being lower in level than the Eastern road.
Third Grade Sites:
Sites with a road in the Southern side.
Sites with a road in the Western side.
Sites with roads on two or three sides but with taller buildings in the East or North and with the roads in the South or West lower than the site.
Sites with roads in the North at a Lower level with tall buildings or mountains and hills on the other side.
Sites with parallel roads in the North and South, high buildings in the East or with the North, West and/or South side vacant.
Sites with parallel roads in the East and West with tall buildings in the North and the South and/or West side vacant.
Fourth Grade Sites:
These sites do not fall in any of the above three categories but they have characteristics totally against Vaastu laws and such plots have to be rejected as even rectification may not be possible. Some of the sites that come under this category are:-
Sites of irregular shape with more than four sides.(Fig.3)
Sites with a Northeast corner that is truncated or rounded off.
Sites whose Southwest and/or Northwest and/or Southeast corners are extended or projected without scope for correction.
Site with a street or roads focus in their Southwest corner.
Sites with mountains or hills to their North, East or Northeast.
Sites with a river, running stream or canals near the South, West or Southwest.
Sites with a tilt of upto 20′ to 45′ towards the magnetic directions.
Plots whose length to breadth ratio exceeding beyond 1:2 and having no scope for correctin.
Sites which are split by canals, rivers or water bodies.
This research article is submitted by Guruji Dr. K. Venkatesan, BE, MTech, EdD, PhD, DDiv