Home Sutra: Vastu For The Centre Of The House
The concept of central courtyards was popular not only in ancient India but also in ancient Rome and Greece. While the scope for building courtyards in limited in modern times because of space crunch, it is important to pay attention towards the core of the house. The central part of a building is termed as Brahmasthan, and is regarded as a sacred and powerful zone in Vastu. This is the area where all the directions meet, and positive energies are dispersed all around. Ideally a Brahmasthan should be left open. If this is not possible, some basic Vastu principles must be incorporated.
How to identify a Brahmasthan
Divide the plot into eight equal parts from the east to the west and the north to the south. The plot will thus be divided into 64 equal parts. The four squares at the centre of the plot is the Brahmasthan.
Dos and don'ts
- The central part of the house could be used as a main hall, a pooja room, a garden or simply as a courtyard.
- Bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms should never be built in the centre of the house. Having a kitchen at the Brahmasthan can lead to health issues.
- Staircases should not be built in this space as it can invite mental and financial problems. Similarly, beams, arches, water pipes or store rooms in centre of the house may lead to problems.
- Ensure you keep the centre of the house clean, calm and clutter free.
- Soft colours such as white, yellow or light green are recommended for adoring the Brahmasthan.