There are great misconceptions in the minds of people regarding this direction. The South has always been considered as a problematic direction in terms of Vaastu but actually it is not true. Ruled by the planet Mangal (Mars), the south is, truly speaking, the storehouse for the energies that emanate from the north and hence there should be no openings in this area. Owned by Lord Yama, the God of death, this direction determines legal affairs, financial prospects and even health factors for the occupants of the related structure.

1. The south portion of a house should mostly be covered and devoid of any large openings so as to ensure no leakage of the positive energies coming from the North direction.

2. A store in the south is considered a good idea as this direction needs to be blocked, especially for people living in a joint family. Placing lots of furniture and closets can also prove beneficial in stabilizing the energies in this area. On the contrary, leaving this direction open would mean flowing out of the positive energies which enter from the North direction, coming from the North Pole

3. Builders should make thick walls in the south direction in order to nullify the evil effects of Yama.

4. Mirrors or clocks should not be hung on the south walls as this may prove unfavorable for its inmates. Instead, pictures of sky-rocketing buildings and mountains should be pasted in this section of the house to make it more supportive and fruitful.

5. There should not be any bore wells in the south as this may lead to heavy financial losses and even death of near and dear ones.
Red color hues are highly recommended on the south walls. Painting the walls red or decorating the region with red flowers and curtains can be very useful. The younger members of the family or the children folk should occupy the southern bedrooms of the house.

Placing water elements like reservoirs, swimming pools and borings in the south or south-east direction can lead to major litigation problems, accidents and uninvited unforeseen circumstances for the residents of the house.

Talking about the main entrance of the house, most of the scriptures and even Vaastu consultants regard the south direction as inauspicious and unlucky, but this is not totally true. The main entrance in the South, if placed in the third and fourth part, proves to be very beneficial for the owners.

From the point of stability in business, the marketing staff of your business enterprise should not be made to sit towards south or else you are sure not to attain the results you deserve in your business for your efforts and hard work. You would always face obstacles while closing a deal or would always be won over by a competitor.

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Is Vastu Relevant in Modern Life

Mankind or Human form is considered to be the highest and most advanced form of creation of God, Almighty, over and above all creations of the Universe. The reason behind this is the fact that human beings, unlike any other form of life on earth, have been gifted with a unique quality of comprehension and thinking, thereby making.them superior to all other living creatures. We all know that life goes around in a cycle of birth and death, one day the body has to demolish so as to allow the soul (Atma) to unite with God, the (Parmatma) According to age old beliefs, life as a human being is sacred and is attained only by a handful. Our good deeds and actions, called karmas, determine our form of birth but the quality of life that we lead on earth is determined and chosen by us through our inclination towards it. Everyone wants to live in peace and tranquility, earn in bountiful and lead a lavish life but how many of us are able to fulfill our so called dreams? Dr. Puneet Chawla, a well renowned Vastu expert, throws light on how, by synchronizing the essential elements of Vaastu in correlation with nature, can make life worth living for an individual. Vaastu Shastra is an age-old doctrine which enables us to improvise our quality and standard of living through synchronization of positive energies and vibrations present in the universe, in and around us. According to him, a well-formulated and balanced equity with the five elements of nature viz water, air, earth, space and fire, can bring about a drastic change in harmonizing and creating a stress-free, comfortable and peaceful environment for us to live in.
The desires and needs of man are increasing in multifold. With the advent of every new generation, newer set of aspirations and a zeal for a higher and more qualitative livelihood is ever increasing, making survival difficult for people from all walks of life. What we sow, so we reap, and hence if we want a flourishing and flowering garden of success around us, we need to inculcate and adhere to the principles of Vaastu righteously. For this we need to know what exactly we mean by Vaastu and how it links with us our present lives.
Vaastu Shastra, as the name implies, is an age-old, ancient science based on Hindu Puranas and Upanishads which determine the architecture and designing of a structure, commercial or residential, well synchronized and balanced with the five elements of nature in alignment with the ten major directions, as demonstrated by the earth’s axis. It is believed that Lord Rama, while living in the forest when he was in exile, built a cottage in Panchawati following all the norms of Vaastu and after conducting a ‘Vaastu Shanti Sanskar’ or puja for the same.Hence, he was able to win over all his enemies, thereby freeing mankind from the evil clutches of Ravana, the Lord of demons. This automatically proves how old this doctrine of Vaastu dates back to and how it leads to good and bad destiny that follows for an individual. We all know that Earth is round and whatever is released into the universal space goes in a round circle and comes back to us. Hence, it is highly essential that the environment around us creates positive vibrations for us, which, when comes back in rotation, brings in happiness, prosperity and success. If our surroundings generate negative energies, what we get in return is also negative and unfavorable both for our health as well as wealth conditions. It is here that Vaastu plays a pivotal role in creating and reflecting positive energies in and around our surroundings so that we get back only positive results in life. Man can never win over nature; hence it is best to create a friendly relationship between the two to ensure harmonious living no matter whichever generation or century we belong to.

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Navaratri Puja

Navaratri is around the corner and the entire nation seems to be getting prepared for the pomp and show which gets exhibited every year during this period. It is the time for festivity and celebration when Maa Durga is welcomed into every Hindu household and is worshipped for nine continuous days. This year Navaratri begins on the 13th of October.

Dates for the Navaratri puja 2015

Ghat sthapana- Day 1- 13th October, 2015

Chandra darshan- Day 2- 14th October, 2015

Brahmacharini puja Day 3- 15th October, 2015

Sindoor tritiya

(chandraghanta puja) Day 4- 16thOctober, 2015

Kushmanda puja,

(Varada vinayak chauth)
Upang lalita vrat Day 5- 17th October, 2015

Skandamata puja

Saraswati avahan Day 6- 18th October, 2015

Katyayini puja

Saraswati puja Day 7- 19th October, 2015

Kalaratri Puja Day 8- 20th October, 2015

Durga Ashtami,

Mahagauri puja,

Sandhi puja,

Maha Navami Day 9- 21st October, 2015

Items required for the Navaratri Puja:

  • An idol or picture of Goddess Durga in the Puja room
  • A dupatta or saree to offer to Maa Durga
  • Durga Saptashati book
  • Ganga Jal (or plain water) in a Kalash (pitcher)
  • Fresh and washed mango leaves
  • Fresh grass
  • Sandalwood
  • One coconut
  • Roli, red sacred powder for tilak
  • Moli, red sacred thread
  • Rice
  • Supari (Areca nuts)
  • Paan (Betel leaves)
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Kumkum (vermilion)
  • Gulal
  • Incense sticks
  • Matchstick and diya (lamp)
  • Fresh flowers like rose, jasmine or red hibiscus
  • Fresh fruits
  • Sweets such as ‘ladoo’ or ‘peda’ for Prasad
  • A mat to sit on while doing the puja

Navaratri Puja commences with the Sthapana of the Kalash which is placed near the idol of the deity and is filled with pure water. Mango leaves are placed on its mouth and a coconut is put inside it. Then, Moli, a sacred red thread, is tied around the neck of the kalash. Before beginning with the Kalash Sthapana, ensure to sprinkle Gangajal all over the puja room. Offer some sandalwood powder and fresh grass to the Goddess. Thereafter, offer a sari or dupatta to the deity, along with fresh flowers and a Paan with clove in it. Married women should offer two Paans. Then light an incense stick and perform the Havan using the mantra ‘Om Aing Hring Kling Chamundaye vichchai namah.’ Give Ahuti for 11 times and then fold your hands and pray in front of Godddess Durga, seeking her blessings. In the end, offer Prasad and do the aarti. Do not forget to sing the ‘Kshama Prarthana’ of chapter 13 of Durga Saptashati patha to conclude your puja. It is believed that praying with a clean heart with complete devotion can get all your wishes come true.

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Pitru Paksha refers to the phase of the moon when our ancestors are worshipped and remembered with great reverence. It simply means ‘the auspicious period for remembering those loved ones who have left us and have proceeded on their heavenly abode.’ Pitru in Sanskrit means embracing God in all His aspects. This includes the earliest sages and our immediate family members and ancestors up to the third generation, including our departed friends and relatives. It is a period of the year when we extend our love and gratitude in the form of thanksgiving to the ones who have passed away.

Pitru Paksha is a Memorial period when we tend to acknowledge our indebtedness towards our ancestors without whose blessings we would not be what we are today. In other words, it is an observance of rituals through intense devotion for God Almighty. The genuineness and truth of this period has been well mentioned in our Vedas and Puranas. To quote the Srimad Bhagawat, Vyasa muni said to Lord Narad. ‘During the dark fortnight of the month Ashwina (September-October) one should offer obligations to the ancestors as far they can afford.” The religious rites for the Shradh for the departed soul should be performed with great care and by following all the norms as mentioned in our Vedas. It is said that the food offered to the ancestors is first offered to Lord Vishnu which then becomes ‘Vishnu Prasad.’ A portion of this Prasad is then offered to the ancestors. Hence, the food offered should be cooked with purity and cleanliness and should be pure vegetarian.

Offering meat, alcohol and any kind of intoxicants etc are banned and considered to be sacrilegious, even if the person for whom the Shrad is being performed used to take these. In verse 7.15.7 of Bhagawat Gita, it has been mentioned that ‘it is Dharma that in the Shradh feast one should never offer meat nor should one eat meat. Only vegetarian food should be offered because meat is obtained by killing.’ The most pious of all foods which should be used suring the Shraddh are the ones prepared using pure butter, milk, sugar and curd which are considered to be most pleasing to our ancestors and to Lord Vishnu. In the Matsya Purana, it has been mentioned that ‘Cow’s milk, honey and the sweet pudding made of milk and rice and sugar with dry nuts satisfies the Pitrus (Ancestors).’

Dates of Shradh for the upcoming Pitru Paksha

  • 27th September (Sunday) Purnima Shraddha
  • 28th September (Monday) Pratipada Shraddha
  • 29th September (Tuesday) Dwitiya Shraddha
  • 30th September (Wednesday) Maha Bharani, Tritiya Shraddha
  • 1st October (Thursday) Chaturthi Shraddha
  • 2nd October (Friday) Panchami Shraddha
  • 3rd October (Saturday) Shashthi Shraddha
  • 4th October (Sunday) Saptami Shraddha
  • 5th October (Monday) Ashthami Shraddha
  • 6th October (Tuesday) Navami Shraddha
  • 7th October (Wednesday) Dashami Shraddha
  • 8th October (Thursday) Ekadashi Shraddha
  • 9th 0ctober (Friday) Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
  • 10th October (Saturday) Trayodashi Shraddha
  • 11th October (Sunday) Chaturdashi Shraddha
  • 12th October (Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya

The last day of the Shraddh is known as the Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya
Amavasya and is considered to be the most auspicious day of the Pitru Paksha.

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Twenty one Vastu Tips to get rid from depression

Tip1: A person having a good store of the subtle life giving force, which we better know as ‘Prana’, can never get depressed. Recite the following SooriayaGayatri mantra, one mala at sunrise time every day and you will be filled with new zest for life.

‘Om Bhaskraividmahey, divakraidhimahi. Tannosooriyohprachodiaat’

Tip2: Depending upon your state of health add some light physical exercises or a brisk morning walk to your daily schedule. Apart from other benefits exercise releases some chemicals in the body which act as natural antidepressants.

Tip3: Have a balanced diet and avoid overeating.

Tip4: Drink plenty of water during the day. Avoid water or any other drink with your meals. Drink water at least an hour before and after meals.

Tip5: Sunlight is a good natural source of vitamin D which prevents depression. So depending upon prevailing season, expose your body to Sun rays for some time.

Tip6: Smiling and laughing are not just skin deep their effect goes much deeper and makes you less prone to depressive disorders.

Tip7: Have a good sound sleep at night. In case you find it difficult to fall asleep at night then avoid sleeping during the day. Spend less time in your bedroom during the day.

Tip8: Don’t be on your own all the time spending some time with the loved ones or friends is a good idea. Keep a smile on your face so that people don’t hesitate to come nearer to you and talk to you. Take genuine interest in others so that they love your company.

Tip9: Help others in some way or the other, this will boost your moral and bring you satisfaction.

Tip10: If you find yourself brooding over past events or worrying during your leisure time then start some hobby and spend spare time on it.

Tip11: Take some time off from your work and enjoy a trip to any place of your interest. This will fill you with renewed energy and inspiration.

Tip12: Avoid watching sad programs on television instead watch some comedy or listen to good music of your interest.

 Tip13: Try to take as much fresh air as possible. Fresh air uplifts your mind and brain and your heart works better.

Tip14: If you feel sad due to emotional built up then don’t hesitate to cry. Holding in emotion can be dangerous, let your tears flow and you will feel better.

Tip15: Start writing how you feel; it is a good way to release painful feelings. Many great books have come from depressed people.

Tip16: Vitamins supplements and Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil are very effective in alleviating depression.

 Tip17: Talking about your feelings and problems to someone close helps a great deal in curing depression.

Tip18: Do not sit idle get busy in some work. Play with children or do some social work. Such activity will take you away from brooding on your own problems

Tip19: Believe that it is only temporary. Don’t think that it is the end of the world, don’t loose hope. Many people emerge as a much balanced and better personality after passing through such periods.

Tip20: Wear a necklace of Garnet stones around your neck for increasing self confidence and coming out of depression.

Tip21: Use more of orange and yellow colours in your dress and furnishings. Red can be invigorating but it can act in negative sense also therefore orange and yellow will prove more uplifting and at the same time safe for a depressed person.


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