The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 1


You must have often heard of the significance of directions and the key role it plays in Vastu. Have you even wondered why are directions so important and why does Vastu Shastra rely so heavily on directions? In this multi-part series, we are going to educate you, the reader, on why directions are so important and the role each direction plays.

Vastu Shastra has traditionally listed 10 directions. However, with the modern compass, we can see only 8 directions. These directions are illustrated in the drawing below as follows:

  • North (Uttar)
  • North-East (Ishanya)
  • East (Purav)
  • South-East (Agneya)
  • South (Dakshin)
  • South-West (Nairuttya)
  • West (Pashchim)
  • North-West (Vayu)

The 9th and 10th directions are defined as the Earth and the Sky


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Each of these directions plays a significant role in our lives. The role is defined by a mixture of astronomical alignments, the position of the Sun, Earth’s magnetic field and other scientific reasoning. On the basis of the role that each direction plays and overlaying these directions on a house/property/office, we can determine which role of the house or office should be done in which direction and hence ensuring that the task is done with correct astrological alignments in order to achieve success. The below illustration shows the different rooms/areas that should ideally be allocated to each part of the house or office.


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In our subsequent articles, we will talk about each direction in detail, the pros and cons of each of them, why do they exhibit a certain characteristic and what is the best activity to be done in that direction in order to achieve success.


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