Spiritual Vastu deals with the location, direction and other important aspects for the placement of spiritual structures like temples and various signs and symbols. These things have direct connection with God and thus need to be carefully organized according to the vastu shastra.
Vastu for Temples: Temples are considered the homes of Gods on earth, where we seek guidance and peace and become closer to the divine forms. All temples have their own unique architecture and need to be built in a certain way according to customs, regions and vastu shastra. Here are a few things to keep in mind while constructing a temple:
- The first thing that needs to be kept in mind is the land on which the temple is to be built. The land should be auspicious and fit for building a temple.
- After finalising the land, a vastu pad of 64 squares needs to be built.
- Half portion of the temple’s width needs to be kept for building the garbhagriha, where the idol is established.
- Around the garbhagriha, a path needs to be made for parikrama around the idol.
- Equal-sized gates need to be built in all four walls of the temple structure. The length of each gate must be twice its width.
- The main shrine needs to be built in North-eastern portion of the temple. No further rooms should be built or extended in this direction.
Vastu for Griha Pravesh: In Residential Vastu, certain guidelines were given on how a house needs to be constructed and where the essential equipments in a home need to be kept to ensure regular flow of money and harmony. After the house has been constructed, it is important to follow the vastu shastra of griha pravesh, to complete the process.
- First, a muhurat or specific time is selected for the griha pravesh by a pandit.
- Pooja (generally Ganesh Pooja) is performed on this occasion.
- A havan also takes place in which a mandala is drawn to call upon the gods and the nine planets to be the witnesses of this ceremony.
The havand kund is taken to all rooms. It purifies the air.
- A thread is tied all around the house, starting from the east. This is done to keep all evils away from the house and protect it.
- A pit is dug, and a brick box containing corn, moss and flowers is placed inside it. It is then filled and covered.
- Lastly, holy water is to be sprinkled all over the house to complete the griha pravesh.
Vastu for Shankha: Shankha is a very important instrument for the worship of deities. According to the Puranas, the shankha emerged during the churning of the ocean by the deities. Lord Vishnu seized it in the form of a weapon. The shankha is blown in various temples and is considered very auspicious. Here are a few tips to blow the shankha in the correct way:
- Raise you head and bend it a little backwards. Focus all your energy and mind into the action.
- Take a deep breath, then blow the shankha with increasing intensity to produce the harmonious sound.
- It must be remembered that a shankha is to be blown in a single breath.
Vastu for Swastik: Swastik is a ver auspicious ancient symbol. It denotes continuity, good luck, fortune and wll-being. Thus, this sacred symbol should be placed inside the house. It is drawn on various occasions like weddings and festivals like diwali. Swastik can be used for removing some types of vastu doshas by drawing it on the entrance with vermilion or by placing a plastic swastik.