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History of Vastushastra


Vastu Shastra is one of the ancient teachings from the Indian civilization. It deals with the science of the architecture and tells how a building should be planned to channelize the positive energy in our lives. The Indian civilization is the oldest in the world and has a rich heritage of developing different branches of science. Vastu Shastra is one such discipline that developed over the years based on the traditional knowledge gained from studying the nature. The age old Indian philosophers knew a lot about the five elements that made the universe. They also had knowledge about the gravitational field, magnetic field, the position of the earth, velocity of the winds, ultraviolet rays, the intensity and volume of rainfall etc. Application of this knowledge certainly made sure that the construction of the house was scientific and spiritual at the same time. This is knowledge that people have garnered through years and years of study and test as well. The origin of vastushastra may have taken place well over thousands of years ago.  The principles of the science laid down during those days were based purely on the effect of sunrays during different times of the day. The observations and corrections made were noted and concluded only after in depth screening of the situation. These principles, called Vastu Shastra, were evolved over thousands of years out of experience and foresight of ancient Sages of India and are very valuable for the well being of mankind
Vastu is a part of Vedas. The art of Vastu originates in the Stapatya Veda, a part of the Atharva Veda. The principles of construction, architecture, sculpture etc., as enunciated in the epics and treatise on temple architecture, have been incorporated in the science of vastu. Its description is there in epics like Mataysya Purana, Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Garuda Purana, and Vishnu Purana. There are some other ancient shastras that pass over the knowledge of vastu shastra to next generation, like Vishvakarma Prakash, Samraangan Sutradhar, Kashyap Shilpshastra. In the Matsya Purana, seventeen preceptors of Vaastu have been mentioned. They are Bhrugu, Atri, Vasista, Viswakarma, Maya, Narada, Nagnajit, Visalaksha, Purandara, Brahma, Kumaraswamy, Nandisa, Sounaka, Bhargava, Vasudeva, Anirudha, Sukra and Bruhaspathi.

The Vastu, with word meaning ‘dwelling’, is believed to be the residing places of god and man. According to its modern meaning it covers all buildings irrespective of their use like residences, industries, business establishments, hotels etc. It is based on the five basic and essential elements, such as Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jal (water), Bhumi (earth) and Aakasha (space), which are known as Pancha-Maha-Bhuta.

Vastu Shilpa Shastra, the ancient mystic science and the art of designing and constructing buildings finds its origin in Stapatya Veda, which in turns is a part of Atharvana Veda, one of the four Vedas. This science developed during the period of approximately 6000 BC

Proofs of vaastu shastra can be found during the time of Ramayan and Mahabharat. In the cities of Mohanjodaro and Harappa the application of vaastu shastra can be seen. Since the science goes far back to the times of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna there are many interesting mythological stories concering the origin of Vaastupurush (the deity).

In the Mahabharata it is said a number of houses were built for the kings who were invited to the city Indraprastha for the Rajasuya Yagna of King Yuddhistira. Sage Vyasa says that these houses were as high as the peaks of Kailasa mountains, perhaps meaning that they stood tall and majestic.
These homes were totally exempt from obstructions and had big substances with excellent surfaces. The balance of various components needed for the development of the structure was also taken into account. The mayasabha of the Mahabharata was designed according to the historical concepts of Vastu Shastra.  In the Mahabharata, Maya was a famous Asura architect who built the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas at Indraprastha. Other than the brilliance and beauty of the structure, we also hear a lot of interesting details about this palace in the epic, like
– Reflective floors that looked so much like pools of water that people avoid stepping on them.

– On the other hand, there was a pool of water that looked so well decorated and like a floor, that Duryodhana stepped into it and got wet. This is a pivotal scene where Draupadi laughs at him and kindles his anger, and what followed is history.

The houses were free from obstructions, had compounds with high walls and their doors were of uniform height and inlaid with numerous metal ornaments. It is said that the site plan of Ayodhya, the city of Lord Rama was similar to the plan found in the great architectural text Manasara. Mention is made of monasteries (Viharas) or temples, buildings which are partly residential and partly religious (Ardhayogas), residential storeyed buildings (Prasadas), multi-storeyed buildings (harmyas) and Guhas or residential buildings for middle class people.

One such story tells the tale of birth of Vastupurusha :

Lord Shiva had killed a devil named Andhak after a long war which had continued for years. A spirit originated out of the perspiration of Lord Shiva and consumed all the blood from the body of the devil. His hunger was still not satisfied. He then undertook penance. Lord Shiva was impressed and highly satisfied by his penance and offered him a boon. The spirit then went wild and started eating men and animals. This terrified even the Gods in heaven. 81 Gods including Lord Bramha laid the spirit face down and they then sat on different parts of its body. When the spirit asked for forgiveness Lord Brahma offered him a boon: “After building any structure, the people who offer you prayers and worship you as vaastudevta or vastupurusha will be blessed with pleasures and prosperity. However only those people, who do not offer you prayers, shall be at your mercy and you may trouble them in any way”.

The Vastu, with word meaning ‘dwelling’, is believed to be the residing places of god and man. According to its modern meaning it covers all buildings irrespective of their use like residences, industries, business establishments, lodges, hotels etc. It is based on the five basic and essential elements, such as Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jal (water), Bhumi (earth) and Aakasha (space), which are known as Panchabhutas. Everything on earth is built from these elements. According to the traditional knowledge, the entire universe around us is made up of these five basic elements. In fact, the five elements of the nature have to be coordinated with the five elements of the human body as well. This coordination is critical as this is what makes human life harmonious.


We are proud to introduce ourselves as India’s largest house in Vastu Shastra Consultancy, where Twenty experts work under one roof. We have been honored with “Vasturatna”, “Rashtriya Sanman Award”, “Vastu Shree”, “Vastu Bhaskar”, the award of unique distinction. Over a decade we have served more than twenty thousand satisfied customers from an individual to many large corporate. We specialize in correcting vastu-defects without structural demolition. We are also recognized as best Vastushastra Education Institute of National repute. We have been consistently providing information on this subject through a famous programme “HOME SWEET HOME” and more than 100 episodes on Zee TV Marathi , through more than 700 episodes,also with more than 60 episodes on Zee international,25 other channel episodes & also through a regular column in Times of India, daily newspaper.

Today the Market for Vastu Shastra is increasing in all fields of real-estate like:

Selection of new vastu along with interior designing for house, office, shop, factory, hotel, hospitals, malls, multiplexes and SEZ’s.
Neutralizing vastu defects of all projects / premises without structural demolition.
We are involved in planning and designing of all types of real estate projects that includes all types of Residential as well as commercial projects.

We conduct Vastu Shastra Education Programmes at twenty centers in Mumbai, Pune, rest of Maharashtra & Goa.

For the first time in the history of Marathi drama theatre – a talk show on vastushastra – “VASTURAVIRAJ” is regularly arranged at all prominent district places in Maharashtra. This show is successful in gaining very good public response.

Dr. Raviraj Vastu Spiritual services is an organization which combines knowledge and practicality as essential tools for delivering the best of the best for which you will be always proud of. We find the problems of your house/office correct it by giving special remedies and make a proper balance of the five elements at the place.