Tuesday, 5 April 2016


These days quite a lot of importance is given to the principles laid down in Vaastu Shasta, a science by itself, regulating construction of buildings, whether residential or commercial. Planners take into consideration the location of the site with regard to the roads, slopes, soil, water table etc., before planning the building. Every one of us wants the stay or functioning [in commercial buildings] to be healthy, and successful. Vaastu principles are such that if followed provide happiness, health and prosperity for the occupants of the building. While we have been talking about the roads, directions of the slopes of the site, vehicle Schools, trees and plants around the site, facing of doors and windows, internal location ( location of kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms, toilets, etc.,) so far as residential buildings are concerned, and the internal arrangements for industrial or commercial building nothing much has been said about the roofs of buildings. In the olden days most of the houses were built with roof sloping on one side or the other. However later on the styles changed and the roofs were built without any slopes particularly in the dry areas, where the rains were not heavy. The roofs used to be of tiles or of stone slabs / mortar till the advent of cement concrete. Vaastu Shasta provides for putting up the roofs in a particular way.


Whatever may be the material used the basic requirement is that there should be no seepage or leakage of rain water. If the roof is not placed in accordance with the Vaastu Shasta it can have some adverse effects. Here are the Vaastu principles for putting up a roof for a building.

  • If the roof is sloping, such sloping should be equal or even on both sides.
  • The slopes should be North or East.
  • Avoid sloping towards south or west.
  • Smoke chimney be provided in the south or west of the building. Avoid east, North-east or north.
  • When the water tanks are to be placed on the roof, prefer placing them in south or west side of the roof, avoid north-east, east or north.
  • Flat roof is considered to be quite good and therefore the water tanks should be placed on raised platforms.
  • The slopes required for flat roofs should be towards east or north.
  • Pyramid shaped roofs are considered as neutral.
  • In case it is necessary to provide skylight window it should be provided only in north or east side of the roof.
  • The roof tiles should always be in good condition and the broken tiles should be replaced immediately as and when noticed.
  • The slope should be even on both sides of the site.
In these days the houses are designed in different ways to suit the requirements of the owners. Naturally the roofs are designed to get better elevation and aesthetic value. Even the roofs are split into different levels. In such cases care should be taken to see that south-west roof level and parapet wall are a bit higher than the other sides. The levels of sloping roof be lesser at north-east than at south-west.


It is seen that in some cases a small house is built on the top roof of the stored building. It is known as penthouse. The penthouse is supposed not to be a part of the main building and application of Vaastu principles is given a go-by. However it is desirable to refer to Vaastu aspects before taking up construction of penthouse. The following points are considered important and should be followed:
  • Avoid construction of penthouse on north or east side of the top floor roof.
  • Since the built up on the southern side or western side has to be taller it is appropriate to put up a penthouse on west or south of terrace.
  • Since the penthouse is used as a house for residence it is desirable to follow Vaastu principles as in the case of any normal house.
  • It is desirable to leave some open space in the east and north.
  • For increasing positive energy a small garden, flower plants may be developed in north-east part of the area.

It is suggested that the plants bearing flowers which have no smell or have bad smell, oily, thorny should be avoided. Thorny plants and cactus plants should be totally avoided in residential buildings as such plants create a negative energy. Even bonsai plants are not recommended inside the house.

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