The Indian science of building known as Vaastushashtra has attained much attention in recent years. Due to the recent hype and misunderstanding of its real principles, it is perceived as bringing good luck and prosperity to a person and not as an established building science. Because it is considered as bringing good luck, some clients in India follow the advice of a Vaastu Shastri (practitioner of Vaastu) blindly without really understanding the principles. All of this contributes to demeaning the relevance of Vaastu science and its related principles. This paper tries to dispel these myths and brings forth the scientific principles of Vaastushashtra and its message of understanding of the environment and its impact on human beings. Vaastu science not only examines and understands the design aspect of building, but also analyze the natural environment surrounding the building as well as the needs of the inhabitants of the building. Thus, it is a holistic science, which analyzes the environment on the basis of energy surrounding the earth, sun’s path and the magnetic forces of the earth. Further, it describes how the human body, being in the midst of these natural energies, can obtain the maximum benefit from it by constructing a building according to Vaastu principles. A peaceful existence can be created using Vaastu principles, affirm Sahasrabudhe & Sahasrabudhe (2005), who state that “Vastushashtra’s purpose is (create) peace and tranquility for all. The basic principle of Vaastu science is least hindrance to natural energy streams. It orients human endeavor in positive direction to shower divine bliss, leading to success, prosperity and peace.” In this paper, the authors further analyse and compare the energies explained by Brown and the energies explained in Vaastu and try to explain the energy system which is applicable and relevant to the contemporary building design in maintaining a sustainable society.
|Keywords:||Natural Energies, Building Design, Ancient Architecture|
D.D.U.Gorakhpur University, Greenfield, Wisconsin, USA
Principal, & Professor, Interior Architecture and Product Design, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA