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Incorporating Vastu Shastra into Your Home after Your Trip to India
On your last trip to India, you might have made a stop at the all too popular architectural magnificence that is the Taj Mahal. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the impossibly beautiful rose and orange shades in the sky as the sun set.
If you are that big on architecture, you might have stopped at the city of Chandigarh where architecture master, Le Corbusier, planned the city and designed a number of its buildings. If you went on a tour to explore the city’s 20th century pieces of genius architecture, no doubt you would be left in awe.
Sure you could bring back spices, fabrics, and portable art pieces from India but you cannot bring some of that good Indian architecture with you, or can you? You could decide to stick with a tiny model of the Taj Mahal and leave it on your centre table or dresser as a reminder of your trip, or you could incorporate Indian architectural elements into your home and feel like you never left.
Ever heard of Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra is a complicated body of knowledge comprising a good number of mathematical formulae demonstrating how to properly honour the Hindu deities using the design of space. You don’t have to believe in any Hindu deities and certainly don’t have to be Hindu to apply Vastu Shastra design principles in your home. One of its advantages is you will constantly be attuned with the way the energy in your space flows.
The concept is increasing in popularity in offices and homes, alongside the Chinese system of creating harmony with one’s surroundings, Feng Shui. To get started with Vastu Shastra, you might want to go shopping for a few good pieces of Indian furniture.
The best Indian furniture has impeccable finish
When you are shopping for Indian furniture, one of the most important aspects to look out for is the finish. You want a rich and deep finish that is translucent enough to let the grain of the wood show through, not one that has been applied to hide flaws. Also, you should check the weight of the piece – the heavier, the better, because furniture made with more raw materials will typically be heavier that an average quality piece.
Considering the bedroom is likely where you spend most of your time, both awake and asleep, you might want to focus there first.
Arranging Indian dressers and mirrors in the bedroom
Vastu Shastra principles suggest Indian dressers should be placed at the South, South West, or West directions of a room, while placing beds in the centre of the room should be avoided. Dressers with mirrors should be placed along the North East wall as improper placement of mirrors might lead to quarrels between a couple. A bedroom located in the northern end of the house should have the dresser in the North-North West to increase attraction between a couple.