Recently earthquake in Nepal and India shook the entire world! Thousands of people died and got injured in Nepal whereas in India too few casualties were reported. Obviously we cannot control what’s going beneath the surface of the earth but we can definitely ensure that our houses offices and buildings do not succumb easily during any moments of pressure.
Just like other sciences, the science of architecture is called as Vaastu. Vaastushastra was written at the time of Vedas. The whole point of creating the right science for our building is due to the fact that we spend major portion of time there and until and unless we balance the structure with respect to the soil, water and air.
So what are the five things you must know for creating a safe house?
- First and foremost, I have emphasized time and again that the shape of the plot for house or for any other building should be a regular square or a rectangle or any other well defined and proper shape. Any sort of cut is not advisable. This disturbs the overall symmetry of the building.
- Secondly, soil testing is very important. The soil should not be very soft or very hard. It should be a balance of the two. Even before laying down the foundation of the house, a 9 inch layer of pure and unadulterated sand should be placed properly. Cow dung, gangajal (water of the holy Ganges river in India) and seeds of a fruit bearing plant should be placed before starting with the foundation work of the building.
- The shape of the house/building should not be inverted. As in the shape of T is a big no. for the reason that such a structure is against the gravitational force, with top heavy. Whereas a strong foundation is always bottom heavy.
- For a building which is one or two storied, the total open area (as in the total windows and doors) should not be more than 50 percent of the total wall area.
- Strong steel rods should be embedded from the foundation to the roof at all four corners. This gives strength to the building.
Author: Dr Rupa Batra, Vaastu mentor and researcher
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