Texts on Vaastu?
In ancient days, Lord Shankara had fought a war
against devil, Andhakasura and had killed him.
During this war the BHOOTA created out of the sweat
of Lord Shankara, drunk and ate the flesh and blood
The BHOOTA was not able to tolerate his hunger and
so he started eating the plants and animals on the
earth. Then he targeted towards God. All God's were
frightened and worshiped Lord Bhrama.
Lord Bhrama told them to turn the Bhoota upside and
sit on him at different. Thus, 81 God's sat on their
places and due to this Bhoota could not move and
struggled due to hunger. Then BHOOTA prayed to Lord
Bhrama about his hunger. Then Lord Bhrama gave him a
boon and told him that from that day onwards, all
mankind will worship you as a God of Vastu and the
people will donate you some food.
In such Vastu, you will be responsible for the well
being, happiness and prosperity of your worshipers.
And in the Vastu where you will not be worshiped ,
you shall take away all the wealth, health and
happiness from it.
Shastra is a Vedanga, a branch of Sthapatya Veda,
which in turn is a part of Yajur Veda. The
body of Vastu knowledge is monumental with lakhs of
shlokas, which were handed down to succeeding
generations by word of mouth and through hand
written monographs such as:
Manasara Silpa Shastra
(by the Mayasuras),
(by Raja Bhoja),
(a dialogue between Viswakarma and his son
Aparajita, written by Bhuvanadevacharya)
Other treatises such as Agni Purana and
works by Kautilya and Sukracharya are not
popular even though they preceded the above
There is a distinction of style based on the place
of origin of the Text. Mayamatam and Mansara Silpa
Shastra are considered Dravidian Viswaskarama Vaastu
Shastra is considered Aryan due to its North Indian
origin. because they are from South India whereas
‘The Opinion of the Mayasuras’. This
very valuable book took birth after the efforts and
experiments of generations of good Architects and is
considered the best reference book on Vastu Shastra
Mayamatam is not just a theoretical thesis on
Architecture, but a definitive and coherent text on
practical aspects of construction. It comprises 36
chapters and handles subjects like Village planning,
Town Planning, Temple Complex Designing, Designing
of houses for various categories, and subjects like
Orientation, inspection of site, selection of
materials, style of construction, ventilation,
carpentry joinery, furniture, every aspect that an
Architect must consider while designing any
structure, qualities an Architect must possess,
rituals to be performed, house warming ceremony, etc
are discussed elaborately chapter wise.