Vastu Puja has a direct link with humans and the Gods. As per the ancient Vedas Vastu Shastra is a science that helps a person to reap the benefits which is abundantly found in all five basic elements of nature, namely Akash (Sky), Prithvi (Earth), Vayu (Wind), Paani (Water) and Agni (Fire). Besides these basic five elements Vastu Puja also offers homage to the Lords residing on all directions and other forces and elements of nature.
Vastu Puja is held before a Griha Pravesh Puja. Its main aim is to nullify any error in construction and any non compliance to the flow of earth’s natural energy. These non-compliances are usually known as Vastu dosha which can cause serious mental disharmony among the residents if they are allowed remain.
Vastu Puja is a not a necessity before every Griha Pravesh Puja. People usually opt for a Vastu Puja when
- There is scarcity of space and it becomes difficult to comply with the Vedic norms of construction.
- When an old building is renovated and arrangement of the particular structure is altered to make room for a bigger area.
- When the residents have been occupying the house continuously for more than 10 years.
- When a family comes back to a locked home after spending a considerable amount of time away from their homes.
Vastu shastra it is believed in takes from the Matsaya Puranas and the main presiding deity of Vastu is Kaal Purush or Purush. He is regarded as the main presiding deity of any premises. Interestingly, he is believed to lie head down in an inverted position inside earth. Usually his head lies in the north east, while his foot is positioned in the south west direction. Both his hands lie on the North West and southeast direction. His stomach or abdomen is believed to be the abode of Brahma, who according to Hindu scriptures is regarded as the creator of the Universe.