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According to the Vaastu Shaastr or the Architectural text of that originated in the Bharat stipulates that the house always be built lower in height in the eastern, northern directions and higher in height in the western and the southern directions. This is supposed to create the overall progress for the owner of the house!
Further, it is mentioned that the southern part of the house must be higher than the northern part and the western part higher than the eastern part. The north-eastern part of the house must be the shortest in height and the south-western the tallest.
The height of the land on which the house is located must be higher than the way/street/road that is in front of the house.
It is further advised to increase the thickness of the walls from eastern to the southern directions. In other words, the northern wall must be thicker than the eastern wall. The western wall must be thicker than the northern wall. The southern wall must be the thickest. It applies to all the walls around the constructed building and the walls of the constructed building itself.
The space left empty inside the four walls around the constructed building must follow a certain order. For example, the minimum empty space must be left in the south. More than the empty space in the south must be in the west. More than the empty space in the West be in the north. The maximum empty space must be left in the east.
According to the MatsyPuraann, the ancient Bharatiya spiritual text, the tall house in the southern direction fulfils all the desires of the house-owner.
The house results into the increased wealth if it is taller in the southern direction and the loss of the wealth if it is lower in the western direction.
Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee’s scientific theory and explanation
Let’s understand the science behind the assertion we have come so far.
The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west, travelling all the way through the southern direction in the sky.
The thinness of the eastern wall which is the thinnest ensures its own quick heating during the morning hours when the Sun is lowest, lower in the sky and the Sun rays lack in intensity and thereby they cause availability of less amount of the heat.
With the progress of the day, the Sun moves higher up the horizon and towards the southern sky. The Sun rays are more focused towards the northern wall than the eastern wall. The relative thickness of the northern wall enables it to absorb the increased Sun-heat slowly and without getting overheated too quickly.
During the noon, the Sun is on the zenith and in the southern sky direction, with more intense and focused Sun rays targeting the southern wall more. The southern face of the southern wall keeps receiving the heat in the form of the Sun rays even during the downward movement of the Sun towards the horizon in the west.
Thus, it is the southern direction and consequently the southern wall that faces the heat of the Sun rays more than the other walls. Being the thickest, the southern wall absorbs the increased amount of the Sunlight slowly and without getting overheated too quickly.
The eastern face of the western wall receives comparatively a small amount of the Sunrays in the morning hours. Its western face continues to receive the increasing amount of the Sun-heat throughout the day till the intensity of the Sun rays decrease significantly in the evening hours before the Sunset.
The western wall receives larger amount of the Sun-heat than the northern and eastern walls. This amount is lesser than that received by the southern wall. The result is that the western wall has to be proportionately thicker than the northern wall and thinner than the southern wall to enable it to absorb the Sun-heat slowly and without getting overheated too quickly.
The graded thickness of the four walls ensures the receipt of the Sunlight without letting the house getting overheated too quickly. This ensures proportional balanced distribution of the Sun-heat in and around the house.
The graded thickness means that the building retains the Sun-heat in a healthy manner and releases it slowly in a graded manner throughout the night. In short, it maintains the requisite healthy heat-balance in and around the house.
Now, let’s examine the issue of the height of the walls.
The southern wall has to be higher than the northern wall for the reason that the heat of the Sun goes on increasing from the east to the west during its movement in the sky. The higher northern wall blocks and prevents the excess heat from falling into the house or overheating the northern wall in the evening/night.
The same is true as regards the western wall being higher than the eastern wall. Additionally, when the Sun is on the horizon or near horizon in the morning then the eastern wall blocks the Sun rays from heating the lower portion of the western wall . Being higher than the eastern wall enables the upper portion of the western wall to receive some amount of the Sunlight in the early hours of the Sunrise.
The level of the floor of the house being higher than the street in front of it ensures that the flowing street-water during the rains or other dirt don’t enter the house.
The principle of the heat distribution explained above applies to the differential sizes of the empty spaces in the four directions in the house and the advice that the north-eastern part of the house must be the shortest in height and the south-western the tallest. Additionally, it ensures a healthy internal circulation of the air within the house.
It’s clear that the adequate balanced heat distribution as explained above ensures the house remains free of the harmful germs/bacteria, has proper air movement and the environment in and around the house; and the occupants/residents of the house remain healthy. The environment becomes positive.
The result is that the fruitful decisions are made by the occupants/residents which in turn ensures prosperity for them.
The following points must be kept in mind while reading this scientific research papers:
(1) The explanation is with reference to the northern hemisphere of the Earth. The opposite holds true in the southern hemisphere of the Earth.
(2) The magnetic North of the Earth is located near its own geographical South Pole and the magnetic South near the geographical North Pole.
(3) The houses referred to here are those located between the equator and the North Pole of the Earth. Not the house located exactly on or near the North Pole itself.
(4) The Vaastu Shaastr refereed to here is applicable to only the house constructed independently with no other house touching it in the vicinity. Hence it’s not applicable to multi-storey apartments/towers built in today’s cities. Adequate requisite modification/improvisation needs to be done in such city skyscrapers.
(5) Further research is needed on this topic.
~ Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee
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