Saturday, March 3, 2007


Do not construct kitchen, toilets and puja-room next to one another.

The kitchen should not be directly in front of the main door.

Keep all electrical/heat generating appliances in the SE corner of the room.

Keep no broken mirrors in the house.

Mirrors, sinks, wash-basins and taps should preferably be along the NE wall.

The safe should open towards the north or the east. So, keep it along south or the west.

The toilet seat ahould preferably be along the North-South axis. The septic tank can be in the NW or the SE corner of the House.

Avoid having garbage dump, street-light pole, or boulders in front of the main gate or door.

Your main door should not be opposite the main door of another house.

The number of doors and windows should be more on the ground floor and less on the upper floor.

The image of Gajalaxmi at the main door is considered auspicious.

The north-east corner is the face house and should always be kept clean.

While swabbing the floor with any disinfectant, a little saindhava lavana or sea salt should be added.

Students should study facing the north or east.

Do not sit or sleep under a beam.

Do not hang a painting depicting war, crime, unrest, agony or distress.

Construct the front door in such a manner as to avoid the fall of a shadow on it.

Grow a tulsi or basil plant in front of the house.

Do not have any cactus in the house. Having it outside the boundry is good.

Rain water or drainage should flow towards NE-East-North.

Material to be used in the construction activity should always be new, expect in the case of renovation.

Elderly people are always more comfortable in the South-West corner.

The height of the building should reduced from the SW to the NE.

Walls along the SW should be thicker as compared to walls along the NE.

Bhumi-pujan ceremony should be performed before commencing on the construction of a new house and Griha-pravesh ceremony before shifting into it.

Do not have a toilet or puja room under a staircase.

A well in the middle of a house or plot is very inauspicious.
IDEAL KITCHENThe kitchen is probably the most used (or misused !!) room in any home , requiring an efficient combination of storage spaces , working counters , seating areas and free passages . It has to be functional , practical , elegant and comfortable , all at the same time and hence , great emphasis should be laid on the overall layout design of the kitchen , especially the small (and seemingly minor ) details.There are various practical points that must be considered and discussed before commencing the designing of a new kitchen or the modification of an existing one .- The style of cooking (which varies greatly due to influences of country , state , religion , health and personal choice ) would greatly influence the design and layout of a kitchen . Importance must be given to the type of materials , ingredients and mediums used as well as the appliances and working space required for that particular style of cooking . - A kitchen should be designed to match the preffered style of the individual user and the general dd├ęcorof the rest of the house . It may be designed in a country / farmhouse , contemporary , colonial / english , laboratory , futuristic / high-tech , European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes . -A minimal , modular , straightlined , no-fuss work-area where the emphasis is on efficiency , workability and cleanliness . There are no wasted spaces and no unnecessary display of items or clutter . Most of the appliances are built-in and the workareas are easy to maintain and clean . -According to the theory , an efficient and practical kitcen layout is one where ideally the three major elements :Sink/Washing areaRefrigeratorCooking rangeare conviniently located so that the user can work and move about easily . The distance between the refrigerator , the cooking range and the washing area should not be less than 6 meters . This working should not be broken by full heights,fittments doors or passages . -The flooring , mostly used are mosaic,ceramic tiles,marbles.Stone flooring or ceramic tiles are recommended for Indian conditions,keeping in mind the surrounding dirt and dust since the material is impermeable , hard and stin / scratch resistant . -the walls in most kitchens are usually painted.Good qualityplastic emulsion paint for areas under the sink and near the wash area .-Cabinets are usually made of 19mm commercial block boards with laminate or enamel/duco paint .

IDEAL BEDROOMThe bedroom is usually a smaller room which can be seen in its entirety with just one glance,for this reason it is important
that the furniture matches ,and if all the pieces are not the same style they should atleast have uniformity of colour and texture.
The walls and the lighting should be tenous and not be concentrated around the head board.
The essential function of the bed is to provide a surface which is neither too hard nor too soft for the back and body to response in the correct position.
Choosing the right mattress is also complicated as there are many dofferent types to choose from:foam,latex,spring,and combinetions ,with one side for summer and the other for winter, anti-allergy,traditional wool ones,and a sybaritic tendency to place several mattresses one on top of other ,one spring and other latex.
Wardrobes and beds are usually combined in the bedrom and are designed to make the most of the space available,they incorporate comfortable details such as doors which open with just a light touch and the indispensable interior lighting.
Wardrobes are usually from 1.90 to 2m high and 55cm deep and have interior steps for adjusting the shelves.If the wardrobe has only two doors it is a good idea to put mirrors on the inside to be able to see oneself from behind as well as the front.
When deciding how to finish the walls and the ceiling in the bedroom one must know the kind of atmosphere desired and how to maintain it.Normally it is recommended to paint the headboard wall a more outstanding colour than the other three which should all be the same relaxing ,warm colour.So if the furniture and the upholstery has already been chosen,the walls and ceiling should be their appropriate background.
Carpeted walls are another alternative for the bedroom which normally is considered when the floor is carpeted as well,very appropriate for colder,more humid climates for their insulation and warmth.
Bedroom lighting should have a special treatment,the tone of the light should be warm and cozy,to achieve this,apart from the ceiling light and the lamps on the night table, we recommend that the light intensity might also be adjustable.The regulator of light intensity, also called a dimmer,is a mechanism which permits,apart from the normal function of a light switch .gradual control of intensity of the light,allowing one to choose the exact level desired between the total lighting and the total darkness of the room.
Interior door frames should be as decorative as the doors,highlighting their design and quality.If the frame should expand or contract dua to wood's movement it will have to be carefully planed,checking the measurements regularly,re-hanging the door to check the progress untill it is correct,remembering that there should always be a little pay.
When decorating one's bedroom one usually mixes and matches coordinating fabrics,in the curtains,bedspreads,pillows,lampshades,headboards,walls,but avoiding overdoing it.
Whites and creams adapt to both classic and modern styles and are found in fabrics made of cotton,polyster,wool and embroidered linen.
Fabrics with a natural design create a bucolic atmosphere,with light lovely colours,with fabrics like cretonne,polyster and cotton chintz,silk,faille,teffeta.
One romantic finish is to cross two embroided muslin blinds held open with two wide velvet bands.
There is nothing better than a wooden rug to warm up a room,placing one at the end of the bed is not only a basic decoretive element but also an object which adds warmth,calm and intimacy.The choice of a rug depends primarily upon the floor,furniture,wals,upholstery, luminosity,space and if the bedroom has a specific decor,one will be obliged to choose a coordinating rug which is essential to create the right atmosphere.
Bedspreads,sheets,blankets,quilts,comforters,and pillows all enter into the play in the decoration of the bedroom.One need only know the decorative style and have bit of extra fabric to combine walls,curtains,canopies,headboards,lampshades etc.with the indispensable bedding.
The fabric is the body and soul of the bedroom set,such as jacquard,tapestry inspired, elegant and noble lines which shine through somber tones
Vaastu GyaanVaastu means the dwelling of humans & Gods. Vaastu shastra is an ancient science which helps one to get the natural benefits freely offered by the five basic elements of the universe in which we all live. These basic elements are Akash (SKY), Prithvi (EARTH), Paani (WATER), Agni (FIRE), and Vayu (WIND). Vastu Shastra can be applied by keeping in harmony with these basic five elements of nature. Vaastu Shastra is an edifice science that was developed by our learned people thousands of years ago. Its application today is purely architectural and its principles are based on becoming one with nature. Many Vaastu rules are derived from 'Vaastu Purusha Mandala' which is depicted as a man lying with his head pointing north east, in a grid of usually 64 squares. The different directions and sectors are assigned to different Gods and Guardians.

Quick Vaastu Shanti Tips
When sitting for worship, keep your face towards North-West and sit in that corner to intake air from that direction. Cash boxes can be located in the room towards the North (treasury). But if the box is heavy (such as a safe, heavy almirah) then it should be kept in the South­west corner and the door of the almirah should open towards the North.TVs and computers should ideally be placed in the Southeast corner of the living room or study room. They should not be placed in the Northeast corner or Southwest corner.Telephones can be placed in the Southeast or North­west corner but not in the Southwest or Northeast.An aquarium with 9 gold fish and one black fish, in the north east corner/portion of the house or factory is very good.If the north-east area is untidy or unshapely, the well being of male issues is found to be precarious.One should sleep with his head pointing towards the South.Students should be facing east while studying, for Academic Excellence.If the kitchen is off the proper place, some member or the other is always found to be suffering from severe digestive disorder.Keep the Gas in the south east corner of the kitchen Person should face the east while cooking. Drinking water should be in the north east of the kitchen. While Taking meals the plate should be in South-East. The statue of Hanumanji should not be placed in South-East. It may create fire hazard.All the doors should open inside so that the energy may remain inside. The hinges of doors should be noiseless. If so. The hinges may be greased periodically. The doors should open towards right hand. Bed should not be put under a beam. There should not be five corners in the ceiling of a room. Efforts should be made a leave the rooms open on North-East side. While ascending the staircase, the face should be either towards the north or the east. The seat of the toilet should face North-South. No doors or windows should be provided on South-West side. Almirahs and beds should be set very close to the South - West wall and at a distance from the north - east wall. A house should not have paintings, which depicts depressing scenes, i.e. like an old woman crying, scenes of war or poverty. It should have picture of say, a sunrise, an ocean, mountains, flowers or laughing children.Tall trees are nowhere recommended close to the main building. For trees the south in itself is good and so is the west. No tree should be grown in the north and the east. The one at the north-east is the worst. Small decorative plants and shrubs may be grown in the north and the east. The height should not exceed, say, half a meter at the north-east increasing gradually to not more than 1.5 meter as one moves from the north-east to the north-west or to the south-east end. Except rose and a few medicinal ones, all thorny plants give rise to tensions in the environment. Plants exuding white sap should also be kept off. Lime and karonda etc. are OK in an orchard but not in residence or business premises. Amongst the beneficial plants, the best is Tulsi. It is commendable to keep at least one Tulsi plant in the north-east area of the premises, but its height should not exceed 1.5 meter. Growing creepers/climbers with support on the compound wall or a house wall is best avoided.Cactus should not be planted or kept in the house.In the South-West Corner of the house one should sleep pointing his head towards south. If north of any house is blocked it blocks prosperity.Water flowing/water fountain from north to east is very good.
Directions & their respective Rulers

North-east (Eshan) is ruled by Sadasiva or God Himself. Hence this direction is paramount, which demands keeping it scrupulously clean, open and highly receptive in a welcome "mode" always.East is ruled by Indra, the chief of the gods, giver of pleasures. The direction also represents the realm of the rising Sun projecting ultra-violet rays, so essential for health in several ways. South-east (Agneya) is the habitat of fire, the storehouse of energy.South is the abode of Yama, the god of death.South-west (Nairitya) is the abode of Putna demoness. West is the abode of Varuna, the god of ocean. It is also the direction of the setting Sun which gives infra-red radiation.North-west (Vayavva) is the abode of air/wind, the invisible, but the most effective blessing for all objects in need of motion/movement for their efficiency.North is the abode of Kuber, the god of wealth.


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