Urban India celebrates and holds on to all its cultural and traditional notions even today. The principles of Vastu Shastra form one of the many sacred pillars of tradition and culture. It’s an infused part of Indian lifestyle. Many building (residence, corporate and commercial) are built by keeping the key principles of Vastu Shastra. Indian architecture has evolved through the ages to adapt to the modern changes yet Vastu Shastra remains a key component for designing harmonious living spaces.
The scientific principles of Vastu Shastra originate through time as a part of Indian culture. It’s time we understand in great depths about the origin and the sacredness these principles hold.
The Relevance of Vastu Shastra:
The word ‘Vastu’ is derived from the word ‘Vasu’ that is another way of referring to the earth. The word ‘Shastra’ means ‘science’. The two words when coming together explain methods to constructing buildings or sites that would bring harmony and well-being.
These principles take into account the environment and the metaphysical energy. Most people assume that ancient architecture is meant for aesthetic appeal, but studies in this field have shown there was a certain practicality that was followed for the same. In fact, the sacred tradition of Vastu is believed to have been an oral tradition during the Vedic ages before it was recorded in Sanskrit. This makes Vastu Shastra the oldest form of architectural knowledge there is.
The Tale of the VastuPurusha Mandala:
In order to understand the Vastu Shastra, one must understand or be aware of the VastuPurusha Mandala. It is essentially an energy grid in the form of a square. It is the skeletal figure that had helped Vastu Shastra derive the principles. The creation of this energy grid dates back to the time when the only living entity on earth was Lord Brahma.
One day Lord Brahma had created a monstrous creature that grew so rapidly and large that its shadow fell across the Earth. The creature had an uncontrollable hunger and was beginning to devour all that was created. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva consulted Lord Brahma on this. Lord Brahma began to realize the impact this creature can have on all creation. Along with 45 other gods, Lord Brahma was able to pin the creature down flat on the earth. The position they employed to pin down the creature is the classic mandala of the Vastu Grid. Lord Brahma promised the creature that it would be immoral and worshiped by mortals. The Monster was pleased and Brahma named it VastuPurusha. All work can only commence after paying respect to the VastuPurusha.
Vastu for Architecture is a sacred tradition to India. Sacred Indian architecture has been recognized worldwide, people from all over world land up in India, to be able to experience tradition and culture Indians have been carrying on, and learning about Vastu Shastra is one of them.