One of the major obstacles that come in one's way is the non-availability of sufficient private land either in big cities or small towns. Several things need careful consideration while going for construction of a building. . For any building, the site (Kshetra) is the basic requirement and utmost care must be taken it its selection.
The most important of all these is selecting the right plot or the site. Vastu Shastra, therefore, has given the utmost importance to selection of a right plot and has set down several significant principles. There are some important factors that you should always consider while looking for a plot. Whenever possible one should always try to follow the Vastu principles as violation of these principles can destroy the happiness of one's life.
Types of earth
Earth is classified according to its color like brick red, dark brown, black, yellow or mixed, according to its smell, texture and taste. Black and clayey soil is not good for construction.
- The soil white in color, having lotus smell and sweet taste and that contain greenery is very good.
- The soil red in color, smelling blood and astringent in taste is good but needs some attention.
- The soil yellow/pale green in color, grainish smell and sour taste is average and needs a lot of rectification before commencement of work.
- The soil black in color, having pungent small and bitter taste should be avoided as it is not auspicious for construction of the houses.
Location and Buying
The location on the plot is very important as the surroundings have a lot of effects on us, directly and indirectly. You must take care of the following things:
- One should not buy the land from people suffering from prolonged sickness or who have become insolvent, distressed or unfortunate people as the atmosphere of the particular space depends on the people living there.
- The soil of the land should not contain ant-hills, bones, skeletons.
- Old houses which are damaged due to fire, lighting, rain and storm etc., are not good.
- You should not buy the land which is sandwiched between two huge buildings.
- Vedh shoola (T-point defect) is the most common defect seen in most of the houses or the plots. Vedh means the road and Shool means the spear, which means the road that runs straight into the face of a plot like a spear obstructing the prosperity of the plot, it is called Vedh shoola. So, the plot at the T- junction should be avoided.
There are several factors which make a plot useable or non useable. The four directions, the shape, the existence of highways, cremation places, rivers, wells, places of worships, they all influence the VAASTU of the place.
- There should not be any cemetery graveyard, tomb adjacent to the plot or in front or the back. If this is the condition, the people residing in that house will live in fear and will never have the peace of mind.
- A temple, church, mosque also should not be in front of any house otherwise the inmates will always be sick and mentally upset.
- Falling of shadows of the temples and trees nearby on the main building brings undesirable problems.
Selection of the plot