Importance of Directions in Vastu

Vastu Shastra originated in India thousands of years ago. It can be translated as the “science of architecture” and is an ancient Indian science of building a suitable structure. Vastu Shastra combines science, astronomy, astrology and art to make our lives peaceful and secure.

Orientation or direction is very important in Vastu Shastra. There are eight directions in total, including eight principle directions and eight secondary directions.

-         North (Ruled by Lord Kuber, God of Wealth)

It is also called wealth and career direction.

-         South (Ruled by Lord Yama, God of Death)

South has little life-giving force and thus it is not considered a bad direction. But, there are exceptional cases wherein it can be used to store all good energies of the north.

-         East (Ruled by Lord Indra, King of Gods and Lord Aditya, God of Sun)

It is responsible for all festivity, overall growth.

-         West (Ruled by Lord Varun, God of Rain)

This direction is for fame and destiny, but if certain things are constructed in thi direction, it will spoil all prospects of income.

-         North-East (Ruled by Lord Ishanya, God of All Quarters)

It is the direction for financial gains and health. Certain rooms fit this direction perfectly and can give high material gains, while others might spoil the whole effect.

-         North-West (Ruled by Lord Vayu, God of Winds)

It is a very powerful direction, powered by the wind element. It should be used for purposes other than keeping money and valuables since whatever is kept here, tends to move fast.

-         South-East (Ruled by Lord Agni, God of Fire)

-         This direction should only be used for the placement of fire-related elements, keeping things like overhead tanks (water element), can cause huge loss of wealth.

-         South-West (Ruled by Pitru or Ancestors)

This is a very strong direction which gives knowledge, health, wealth and fame if a suitable room is constructed here.

In addition to these 8 directions, there’s one more orientation:

Center Zone (Brahmasthan): The center zone or brahmasthan is that part of the land or plot on which no construction should be done. The brahmasthan is the zone from where all directions of the house are determined. It is also the zone from where all energy of the house comes out and gets scattered in every room. Thus, it needs to be kept vacant to allow the flow of energy.


All of the above directions are ruled by different Gods and have their own advantages and disadvantages. To know which direction is to be used for which part of a residential, commercial or industrial building, which direction can be used to maintain financial status or health, consult our advisors.