What is Vaastu Shastra
The term Vaastu Shastra is a Sanskrit word that can be broken up into Vaastu meaning the site or foundation of a house while the term Shastra loosely means a doctrine or a science. Therefore, the word Vaastu Shastra collectively means the ‘doctrine of buildings’ or the ‘doctrine of building houses’. The literal meaning of the term is the ‘science of dwelling’. These are ancient manuals of architecture written in the Sanskrit language. The origin of this science dates back to the time of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. These sites were said to be standing on the principles of Vaastu Shastra. The body of knowledge contained in Vaastu Shastra also gives the rules for the planting of trees and gardens in and around houses.
Planting trees using this science
The principles of Vaastu Shastra lay down rules for building houses, temples, gardens, etc. This is just a body of knowledge and not a rigid code. These principles also lay down the rules for the planting of trees. Vaastu Shastra principles elaborate the rules for the planting of trees in a garden and those who have implemented them swear that they bring good luck to the residents of the houses containing the gardens. The principles lay down parameters, which should be followed when one is planting trees. Although, some people think that this is all a part of blind faith, those who follow it in their houses have observed positive results.
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Vaastu Shastra principles lay down that fruit bearing trees are planted on the east side in a garden. Doing this will bring good luck. Additionally, planting of tall trees in the southwest direction of the house is sure to bring stability and prosperity in the lives of the residents. For religious places like temples located in front of the house, a row of trees can be planted in front, leaving the main door for entry. Rules say that a tree with two branches opposite the house is considered bad. It also says that an even number of trees should be planted in a house.
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Further, it is believed that installing a money plant in the house is sure to bring in prosperity and luck. If there is a dead tree in front of a house, it is considered a bad omen. Some fruit trees like banana, pineapple, mango, etc are suitable when planted in in the west or the south of the house. Coconut and lemon trees when planted in the south or west of a garden are considered suitable. Vaastu Shastra also lays down rules as to when trees should not be cut. It says that a tree, which is sacred, should never be cut in the Hindu months of Bhadrapad or Magh.
Although texts have been written since ancient times on the science of building various structures, these principles have supporters as well as dissenters. While some architects consider Vaastu Shastra superstitious, others swear by it and blame the critics by saying that they have not read the texts thoroughly. It is open to the people to follow it or avoid using it when designing their houses.