The Ten Directions
Vaastu Shastra considers ten directions for every space - four cardinal (North, East, South & West), four angular (North east, South east, South west & North west), upward and downward.
• East Direction(Poorva): The New Beginnings
East is the direction of rising sun. Indra & Sun are respectively the directional lord (dikpala) and planetary lord of east direction. East gives power, position & prosperity. East is a light direction. East is a zone where sattva & rajas gunas exist in equal proportions. East is fit for all the auspicious activities energizing our life.
• South Direction(Dakshin): The Zone of Activities
South is the direction of scorching rays of sun. Yama & Mars are respectively the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. The direction of Yama is best recommended for sleeping (short time death when our conscious mind remains dormant). For public activities, it proves to be very auspicious during the day time as this direction is full of light which will make a person active while dealing with his or her clients.
• West Direction(Paschim):The Place of Mystical Saturn
West is the direction of setting sun. Varuna & Saturn are respectively the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. West direction has been considered the best place for a dining room, study room, living room and for shedding all the anxieties and tensions. This sector is also a very good place for an overhead water tank as Varuna is the god of large sheets of water and rains. This is a heavy area having tamas and rajas energies combined.
• North Direction(Uttar): The Pile of Wealth
North is the coolest direction. Kuber and Mercury are respectively the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. It showers health and wealth on the inhabitants. Try facing north if you are looking for success, to receive the blessings of Kuber & Mercury. North is best recommended for storing the articles particularly valuable eatables. Some people are of misconception that this is the best direction for keeping hard cash, ornaments,etc.
• Northeast Direction(Ishaan): The Most Sacred Direction
Northeast is the most pious direction. Ish and Jupiter are respectively the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. It is the perfect place for a swimming pool, a water fountain or a lawn. It is the best place to offer water to the sun god in the morning. Ishaan is the best place for offering daily prayers to the lord almighty. The main scientific reason for considering Ishaan , the most suitable place for performing all the auspicious activities is the availability of ultraviolet rays in abundance during sunrise time.
• Southeast Direction(Aagneya): The Place of Fire God
Southeast is the direction of light and fire. Agni (fire) and Venus are the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. It supplies heat & light, which are purifying agents of nature. This is the best recommended direction for placement of kitchen and fire related activities like electrical equipments, heater, etc. Southeast lies between the northeast (the coldest; adobe of water) and southwest (the hottest; adobe of earth). Southeast is the ending point of cold zone and starting point of hot zone. This direction should be heavier than northeast and northwest but lighter than southwest.
• Southwest Direction(Nairritya): The Abode of Rest
Southwest direction has been considered the most inauspicious direction in vaastu shastra. It is the direction of radio-active infrared rays of the afternoon sun. Pitar (forefathers/ ancestors) and Rahu are respectively the directional lord and planetary lord of this direction. It gives poison like rays of sun and is always recommended to keep high, heavy and closed. This direction is most suitable for a bedroom of the head of family, staircase, heavy safe or chest for keeping valuables, cash and jewellery. This is the most inactive area. It is perfect for building a rock garden or placement of heavy sculpture.
• Space Upwards (Aakash)
It is also called oordhava or upward direction. It is a vast space surrounding us. Its directional lord is Brahma and sometimes Jupiter is considered its planetary lord. Jupiter is the lord of expansion. Aakash gives the power of word and rules all the communications between the mortal and immortal worlds.
• Below Earth (Paataal)
It is also called adho or downward direction. It is the dark depths of earth. Its directional lord is Vasuki, who is the king of cobras. Saturn is the lord of darkness and thus can be considered the planetary lord of deep depths. Paataal provides a stable foundation to the building.