By Rohan Joshi
The entire Universe is created by five elements and Vaastushastra is the ancient Vedic Science helps us to get the benefits offered by the five basic elements of Universe. The five elements namely Fire (Agni), Earth (Bhoomi), Air (Vaayu), Water (Jal), Sky (Aakash). Vaastushastra comprises of Astrology, Astronomy, Geography, Metrology and many such Vedic Sciences. Application may vary from place to place due to latitude of sun , distribution of land and water , pressure belts of wind , altitudes , mountain barriers ,ocean waves and various other factors.
Sages and seers of ancient India knew the secrets of using all the five elements of Universe and their characteristics and influences such as magnetic field, gravitational force, and also planetary forces of earth, the directions and velocity of the winds, light and heat created by Sun including the effects of the ultraviolet and infrared rays of the sun, the volume and intensity of rainfall as well. It sounds great isn't it? This was done for the advantage of the mankind to plan and construct buildings for residence, prayer, education, entertainment, working, and other purposes. The great sages evolved scientific methods and systems over the years as Vaastushastra.
Man is the subject and object who causes the architecture. He perceives and conceives architecture regarding his experience of himself with the surrounding atmosphere. In fact earth was the part of Sun, formed around 460 million years ago. Gradually the rocks melted and the surface has formed an acquired magnetism due to magnetic particles embedded within. It has two poles and three phases in its interior- the crust, mantle and core. The earth's surface includes the oceans, the atmosphere, the upper part of the earth's crust and the biosphere. Vaastushastra has incorporated all these factors with a view to make human life healthy, prosperous and peaceful.