Ancient science; modern homes

Ancient science; modern homes

According to Indian mythology, it all started with the Mayasuras — founders of Vaastu Shastra who applied this ‘science of architecture’ in building temples and other structures for decades. A study of planetary influences on buildings and the people who live in them, Vaastu aims at providing guidelines for proper construction.
According to modern historians Ferguson, Havell and Cunningham, Vaastu developed between 6000 BC and 3000 BC and was handed over by ancient architects through word of mouth or hand-written monographs. This ancient science helps one get natural benefits freely offered by the five basic elements of the universe. As Vaastu expert SBS Surendran puts it, “Earth, fire, water, air or atmosphere and sky or space, are these five elements. Vaastu says that if the structure of your house is so designed that the positive forces override the negative forces, then there is a beneficial release of bio-energy, which helps you and your family members live a happy and healthy life.”

Vaastu-complaint homes

And now, this science has seeped into principles of modern day housing design with realtors incorporating it while building residential spaces across Bangalore. Like Marg Properties, for instance, where according to CEO S Ramakrishnan, “Utmost care is taken to ensure that all our projects are built according to the principles of Vaastu.”
So there is a conscious effort made by majority builders that the main entrance is ideally in the north or east direction, the master bedroom is facing south-west while the kitchen is in the south-east. Everything has its ideal place — right from the electric points to the positioning of water pipes.

Supporting the idea are the numbers — while interacting with a few property developers in the City, this reporter discovered that most of them claimed to have at least 40 per cent of their clients demanding Vaastu compliant homes. All this because Vaastu Shastra “infuses harmony at home, thereby, ushering in peace, happiness, prosperity and progress for the people residing in the space,” says Surendran. Also, the awareness of the buyer has increased manifold. “People today know its benefits and disregard perceptions that it is a superstition,” adds Sandhya Mehta, Vaastu consultant to a few property developers in the city.

Bringing in the experts

Gone are the days when location and budgetary constraints were the only thing on a buyer’s mind. Therefore, “builders either involve Vaastu experts when they draw the blueprint of the project or if the property is already built, experts are called to rectify the same, but without making any structural changes,” notes Sandhya Mehta.

Facilitating the demand is imperative and therefore, many developers like the Adarsh Group have roped in ‘official Vaastu consultants’.

“At least 40-50 per cent of our clientele demands Vaastu compliant homes. So while planning a project, we bring together the architect and our in-house Vaastu consultant while designing the property,” says Sreedhar, General Manager (marketing) Adarsh Group.

Others ensure they adhere to basic tenets, if they are not able to hire experts.
According to a senior official from DLF Homes, the company builds residential spaces keeping three core elements in mind — proximity to water bodies, open spaces and scope of ample natural light in each house. “Our very first project in Bangalore has been built based on these characteristics,” says the official.

As for individuals, they too consult Vaastu experts, just like Premdeep Gangadharan, Marketing Manager with a company. “I heard many people talk about the benefits of staying in a home that is Vaastu compliant and therefore followed suit. It’s been four years since, and I am not complaining.”

Krishne Gowda, Advisor to a steel company states that he will never buy a property that does not adhere to Vaastu principles. “I also conducted a Vaastu correction exercise for my old house as I wanted to infuse positive energy in the space,” he points out.

“The demography is not just middle-class buyers. The affluent class, hunting for villas and luxurious apartments too demand such homes,” says Ramakrishnan. 

More rental, resale value?

How does one marry Vaastu and practical considerations? Siddique Beary, Director, Bearys Properties argues it is a windy affair. “It’s sometimes impossible to convince people that what only matters while buying a home is quality of homes and the location.

To add to it, in residential complexes and integrated (Bangalore has many coming up), all flats cannot be build keeping Vaastu in mind. The least one can do is choose a location which faces the north or east direction,” he says. The rental market too is affected. Builders agree that residential spaces that comply with Vaastu principles demand more rent and resale value.

Believe or make-believe, at the end of it all, it is actually a win-win situation, feels Sreedhar. “Builders can enjoy benefits like appreciation of property prices and prosperity of people who dwell in such homes. It in turn develops goodwill of the property developer,” he says. So what if a few design changes need to be compromised upon? Says the senior official from DLF, “Although it is involves a lot of hard work, considering Vaastu compliancy of flats need to be taken care of while building high-rises; all’s well if the buyers are happy.” As always said, consumer is the king!

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