How Auspicious Are West-Facing Homes According To Vastu?
People have a misconception that homes facing a certain direction are auspicious while homes facing some directions are inauspicious. For instance, west-facing homes are often avoided because it faces the setting sun. According to Vastu Shastra, however, all directions are equal and there is nothing good or bad associated with them, if certain rules are followed while building a home.
Scientific disadvantage of west-facing home
There is a scientific explanation as to why west-facing homes are not preferred in India – they are hotter. “West-facing homes get the sun’s heat for longer duration than east-facing homes. These remain hot for most part of the day. Also, the doors and windows placed in west direction get damaged faster due to heat as compared to other directions,” says Lakshmi Chauhan, an Indore-based Vastu consultant.
Are west-facing homes actually unlucky?
West-facing homes can be as good as east-and north-oriented homes if they follow certain Vastu rules.
*The entrance of a west-facing home should not be in the north-west or the south-west direction.
*There should not be bore-wells or water pumps in the south-west direction.
*The septic tanks must not be positioned towards the west.
*It should not have an extension in the south or the south-west.
*The kitchen should be located in south-east or north-west of the house.
*The eastern part must be kept for open spaces, trees, garden, etc.
*Thicker and higher walls should be constructed in the south and west rather than the east and north.
*The master bedroom should be in the south-west. If the house has multiple floors, it must be occupy the top floor.
*The living room and pooja room are best located in the north-east.
*The children’s room should be in the south, west or north-west.
*A guest bedroom can be placed in the north-west.
*Planting heavy trees to the west is greatly beneficial.
What is the west-direction suitable for?
According to Chauhan, the west direction is suitable for the bedroom, store room, living room, pooja room (but say the prayers facing east), dining room, study room, family room, home office room, waiting room, drinking water-can, library, meeting hall, overhead tanks, staircase, etc.