Gates are the entrance to the Site of the house. Here the guidelines for the gates are explained as per vaastu. Since, the guidelines explained here will enable us to be ready for the time-consuming task of construction of a House. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu ExpertVaastu, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.
SPECIFICATION FOR MAIN GATE AS PER VAASTU
Every plot should have two gates for entry, a big gate for vehicles and a smaller gate for people.
The gates should not be at the extreme corners.
The entrance to the house should be in direct approach to the main gate.
Gates should be avoided in South-West.
Avoid big tree in front of the gate. Big trees produce chaya vedh, which is not good for the residents.
Avoid any ditch in front of the gate and even in the pathway leading to front gate.
No open well should be in front of the gate.
There should be no decaying or rundown or a house in bad condition in front of the gate.
There should be no pole of any sort in front of the gate.
EFFECTS OF GATE AS PER VAASTU
If the main gate is on the east and the north sides it leads to prosperity and fame.
If there are gates on the east and the west sides leads to happiness and riches.
If the gates are on the north and the west sides it bring only wealth. It has also been seen that they increase an individual`s interest in the spiritual aspects.
If there is a gate only in the east direction it leads to overall prosperity.
A northern gate symbolizes material comforts.
As per vaastu if the gate is in the west side then there will be a considerable profit in business. But this profit is short-term. After some years a lump will be experienced.
Remember to avoid the south-west gate completely. Under no conditions should the gate be built on this side. It leads to hazards and difficulties.
VAASTU GUIDELINES FOR GARDEN
If there is sufficient space left after construction of house, people generally prefer to have a small garden and few people even prefer a large garden. Here the guidelines for the garden plants are explained as per vaastu. Since, the guidelines explained here will enable us to be ready for the time-consuming task of construction of a House. As Vaastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As a Vaastu Expert, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.
SUITABLE TREES AS PER VAASTU
Some of the auspicious trees according to Vastu, that are good for the inmates are described below along with their usefulness:
PEEPAL TREE : It has been proven that the peepal tree produces oxygen in large amounts by the leaves of this tree and it is found in high concentration under the branches, probably due to the thick foliage. Hence it is considered very healthy to have this tree in back yard of the house in west direction.
NEEM TREE : This tree has great medicinal value. Its twigs are used to brush teeth and neem oil is used in physiotherapy.
MANGO TREE : Most of the parts of the mango tree have medicinal value. It’s leaves are used as a pesticide, and its twigs are used for brushing teeth. The wood and stick of mango tree is used for HAWAN in India. To have a fruit tree in garden indicated prosperity.
BANANA TREE : The tender leaves of the banana tree are used for decorating doors, pandals etc, during functions and festivals. They are used because they are considered as symbols of prosperity and wealth. This tree has medicinal use. This tree has a sacred value and is considered auspicious in gardens.
SUITABLE DIRECTION FOR TREES
Small shrubs should be planted on the East or North sides of the garden, leaving the North-East direction open and free.
Tall trees should be planted in the west, south or south-west part of the garden or plot. They should not be too close to the building. And their shadow should not fall on the building during 9 am to 3 pm.
Large trees such as Peepal etc should not be too close to the house as their roots can damage the foundation of the house. Their shadow should not fall on the main building during 9 am to 3 pm.
The useful tree that can be planted in a house garden are coconut, neem, betel, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva, almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and kaitha.
The trees that attract insects, worms, honey bees, bumble bee, owls, serpents should be avoided in the house garden. They bring bad luck.
SUITABLE PLANTS AS PER VAASTU
HOLY PLANTS : Tulsi also known as holy Basil and it is always good to have a Tulasi in the house or the garden. Tulasi should be located on the North, North-East, or East sides of the house, or in front of the house.
FLOWER PLANTS : In general, plants with sweet smelling flowers like jasmine, red lotus, blue lotus etc are good in the house compound as they give out a pleasant perfume, and can also be used in daily worship. Flowers like the Jasmine are stringed together and used as a decoration of the mandir.
THORNY PLANTS : The plants that have thorns should not be planted in the garden. Cactus should not be planted at all. Thorny plants have a negative energy. If there any thorny plan in the garden it should be removed.
CREEPERS : The compound wall or the house wall should not be used as support for these plants. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent supports. A money plant can be grown within the house.
GARDEN COMPONENTS AS PER VAASTU
FLOWER POTS – The pots of flower should not be kept on the compound wall as it increases the height of the wall. Specially the wall of North, East or North-East. They should be placed on the ground in these directions, but they should not be taller than 3 feet and the water should not get logged under them.
LAWNS : In the garden the Lawns should be in the East or the North, where a swing with north-south axis can be placed.
WATER BODIES : A small water-fall can be constructed in the East or the North leaving the North-East corner of the garden. If there is a swimming pool in the garden, it should be in the North or North-East direction. A small pond, whose water is regularly changed, can be constructed in north. A fish pond can be had in the west part of the garden.
BENCHES - Benches are useful in big gardens and can be placed in the open space in the East and the North direction so that people sitting in these directions face either east or west.
PATHWAYS : The pathways should be curvey and should not be straight.
OTHER USEFUL TIPS FOR GARDEN
As a general rule, gardens in homes or factories should always be in the North or West and within the confines of the compound. Here are few simpler vaastu suggestions for the garden within the house limits:
A Basil plant is a very positive influence within the limits of a house.
Plants of Palm, Paraspeepal, Pakar, Sirish, Neem and Bilva, if planted in proper direction, that is the North or the West, bring favourable results.
Bilva, Madhuka and Peepal are very favourable on the West of the house limit.
Goolar is good towards the South of the house compound.
Kanakchampa,in the North brings virtues and wealth.
Coconut and Banana plants within house limits are very good for mental peace and health.
A water pond in a favourable direction, with Lotus, brings fortunes.
The entertaining unit for the children is recommended towards the North-West of the garden.
As far as possible plantation should be avoided in the South, South-West, North-West corners should be plant free.
Gardens in the South-East and South-West cause tensions. In particular, large or tall plants should never be planted towards the East or North.
No large plant should be planted exactly in the centre of a site.
Thorny succulent plants must not be grown within the house limits. Cacti are considered very dangerous and harmful for a residential unit. They purport to bring tensions and create fractious relationships.
The Ber plant should not be cultivated within the house limits. It increases enemity.
Plants of Bamboo, should never be grown within the house limits in the ground.
A swimming pool in the centre, towards the South, South-East or South-West and even the North-West create undue events. It brings negativity in the health of the residents.
A swimming pool is good in the East, North or even in the West.
The fountains or water ponds within a house limit should not be built in the centre and should follow the same principles as the placement of swimming pools. Placed wrongly, they cause problems with respect to mental peace and health.
Fountains or ponds are very good towards the North-East. This is also applicable to artificial springs.
Huge, heavy statues or other exhibits are best towards the West, south or South-West.