Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian architectural system aimed at harmonizing the natural forces and energies of the universe with the environment. The word 'Vastu' means dwelling or building, and 'Shastra' refers to scripture or knowledge. The goal of Vastu Shastra is to create buildings and living spaces that are in harmony with cosmic forces and lead to a more balanced and prosperous life.
As per Vastu Shastra, Earth, water, fire, air, and space are the five elements that make up everything in the world. Specific energies from each of these components have an impact on how we live. Vastu Shastra offers guidelines for the design and construction of buildings and spaces that can amplify positive energy and decrease negative energy by knowing how these elements interact. According to the principles of Vastu Shastra, each of these elements has its designated direction in the dwelling. These elements are corelated with the daily utilities, for example, fire is associated with our kitchen, water is associated with bathing water, swimming pool, aquarium which is further categorized into clean and dirty water, and similarly for the rest of the element. The placement of these elements in the corrected direction as per the Vastu rules leads to harmony in the lives of the inhabitants and vice versa.
The key principles of Vastu Shastra include proper placement of buildings and spaces to maximize natural light and air flow, positive energy flow through placement of furniture and objects within the space, and use of specific colors and materials to create a harmonious environment.
Vastu Shastra also emphasizes the importance of cleanliness and orderliness in creating a positive energy flow in a space.