Addressing misconceptions

Dr Padmaja YadavDr Padmaja Yadav

Property and vaastu shastra go hand in hand. A structure that does not have proper vaastu fails to fulfil one’s expectations with respect to good living and growth.

Vaastu shastra is a science that is often misunderstood. It is usually looked at as a practice that has more to do with faith and belief, rather than a science based on a set of principles. Due to lack of knowledge, one also tends to look at it as an exercise involving structural changes and demolitions at the cost of aesthetics.

Contrary to general perception, vaastu shastra is a directional science, which also combines the effects of and relationship between the five elements of the universe such as fire, earth, water, air and space.

The dependence on these factors, in identifying the Vaastu of any property clearly undelines the impact of Vaastu on one’s lives irrespective of the location and beliefs of occupants.

Vaastu also considers the energy or soul of a property as well as the elements and directions, and every zone is best suited for a certain purpose based on one’s aspirations. This does not mean any zone in particular is more positive or negative than another. Depending on usage a zone or direction may be transformed into a positive or negative area.

Any flaws can be remedied by various measures. Since directions and structure are unchangeable, the only practical way to apply remedies is by understanding the elements. This helps in altering the flow of energies.

But in certain cases, direction as a flaw cannot be ignored. Sometimes, in light of a property’s vaastu, particular zones are highly neglected due to structure or usage. This could be because of practical problems or the expenses involved.

It is therefore best to avoid properties with structural flaws. The following are some features one should try to avoid in a property.

1) Always avoid properties with a toilet in the northeast zone and an upslope in the same direction. This is more applicable for properties with gardens and open spaces.

2) Avoid having any kind of opening, entrance and exit in the south-west zone of a property or plot.

3) Avoid a property or plot with toilets in the centre, also known as the brahmasthan.

These are some factors that can be initially considered for a smoother flow of energies. Better energy can be further channelled and enhanced based on the usage of elements.

The nature of flaws can be best understood only after analysing a space properly. Applying remedies without proper comprehension can have a negative impact even in a positive zone. Therefore, one is advised not to apply remedies without proper knowledge or information.


1) Fire element/kitchen is best placed in the southeast or north-west zone of a property or plot. The absence of a kitchen from these zones can be compensated to some extent by lighting a candle in the south or southeast zones.

2) Mirrors work in sync with any space depending on what direction they are placed and what they reflect. Place mirrors on the north or east walls only. A mirror opposite the main entrance is not recommended under normal circumstances.

3) Use fresh plants and flowers. Plastic, artificial, dry and dead plants or potpourri are not recommended.

4) Always place a nameplate on the main door. This provides a strong identity to occupants in various aspects of their lives.

5) Colours used in a property define the energies of any space. They are based on factors such as direction, age, sex and aspirations of the occupant. Using strong colours can have a negative impact on energies if they are not in sync with direction and one’s desires.


Source: Dr Padmaja Yadav, Special to Property Weekly

Dr Padmaja Yadav holds a PhD in vaastu shastra and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry. She is based in Dubai and will speak on vaastu at the India Property Show.



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