Shape of the Plot

Vastu for plot

Shape and size of the plot: The best shapes for plots of land are square or rectangular, facing squarely on the four cardinal directions.

It is good if the plot is narrower at the entrance and wider at its rear, but the opposite is not good.
Round, oval, and triangular plots should be avoided. The house should not be built in the shape of a diamond, with the corner facing north. L-shaped plots are also inauspicious and should not be purchased.
If the land is cut in the corner this is not good. If possible the land to fill in the missing corner should be purchased. If the land is cut short on the northeast side it is very bad and is not auspicious; do not purchase it. It is like a headless body.

A land tilt of 20 degrees, off square by 20 degrees, is acceptable. If the plot is rectangular, it is better that the longer sides run north to south rather than west to east. The best properties are either square or rectangular. If the plot is not a perfect rectangle, it is best if at least the southwest and southeast sides of the land are at 90º angles from one another. The southwest side of the quadrilateral should definitely not be extended past the southeast side, even if that means giving away a portion of the plot. Land that extends past the northeast side of the quadrilateral, however, brings wealth, happiness, and good name. Land extending on the northeast side is very good. Extensions on any other side are inauspicious. Extensions of the northwest side will cause you to lose money and peace.

The following chart shows the different shapes of plots and their suitability and effects.

Shape of the plot



Square (all corners straight and at 90°) shaped

Very auspicious, brings health,wealth and happiness.

Rectangular Shaped

Good and auspicious. Brings all round prosperity.

Circular Shaped


Good for constructing circular Shaped buildings only.

Wheel Shaped

Owner loses financial status and faces poverty.

Odd Shaped (irregular shaped)

Causes all types or problems and poverty.

Triangular Shaped

Affects progress and causes problems from government.

Bhadarshan Shaped

Not good for residence. Can be used for special type of buildings like government buildings only.

Cart Shaped

Causes wants and poverty, even imprisonment. The owner has to run here and there like a Cart.

Long bar Shaped

Not good if used for cattle shed, the cattle reared here perish.

Damru shaped (a tiny size musical damru with deep bend in the middle)

Will have very bad effect on the eye sight of inmates. Also everyone in the house will lose discretion fright judgement.

Visham Bahu (disproportionate shouldered)

Affects health, involves in mates in court litigations, drives them to poverty.

Drum or Dholak or Mirdung Shaped

Will cause loss of wife and other female members of the family

Hand-Pan Shaped

Creates loss of wealth, cattle etc. This can be corrected and used if other aspects conform to Vastu principles.

Varahan Mukhi Akaar (pig faced Shaped)

Causes death of brothers and relatives.

Turtle shaped plot

Causes to the owner and his family members imprisonment, untimely death and murders.

Window shaped plot (used for hand winnowing to separate grains from chaff)

The inmates of this plot lose mental peace and face poverty.

Bow shaped plot

Inmates of this plot face fear of theft, loot, attack by enemies etc.

Muslakar plot (long oval like plot with cut in one side)

It brings enmity and loss of friendship

Hexagon shaped plot

This is considered good if all other Vastu principles are followed. Is said to be helpful in progress of family members.

Ellipitical plot (a regular oval shaped)

Loss in many ways like money, women and respect.

Polygonal plot (Panch Mukh)

Such plot should not be inhabited before making it a rectangular plot otherwise it will bring legal litigations and false allegations.

Octagonal (Astha Kon) plot

Is auspicious and will bring all round prosperity.

Pot type plot

People who live on this plot face problems and obstacles for progress.

Simha Mukh (lion faced) like a lion’s face wider in front

Not good for residential purposes. Is very auspicious for business organisation.

Gaumukh (cow faced) like a cows face narrow in front

Auspicious provided the roads are in Southern and Westeren sides of plot.

Projections, retractions & closed/cut corners

Not all plots are square or rectangular. There are some plots with projections or extensions, missing corners. Their effects are as follows:

North East projected towards as well as NorthWealth and prosperity, peace of mind and plenty.
North-West projected at WestGood for women organisations and politicians.
North West projected NorthSuffering of women, mental problems, heavy expenditure and losses in business.
South East extended at EastLosses and harassment by government.
South East extended at SouthHealth problems, litigations decline in income.
South West extended at SouthMisery to women folk and sickness.
South West extended at WestBad names to makes, mental problems to women, loss of wealth.
North EastMars progress and prospects. Loss of children and wealth. Mental unrest and sickness leading to all round unhappiness .
North WestDisease, loss of wealth, fear of life and theft.
South EastPoverty and diseases
South WestSickness of wife, mental worry and unhappiness.
North EastDisastrous
South EastWealth will be destroyed and children’s progress in affected.
North WestProgress of the family will be effected leading to bankrupty and mental problems.
South WestPermitted without blocking the pathway.

Vastu Size and slope of plot

Sloping of the Plot: The north east half of the plot is called the Solar half and the South west half is called the Lunar half. Ideally the Solar half should be lower and the Lunar half should be higher. This ensures the ideal flow of light, solar energy & polar energy from east and north and water flows from West to East and from South to North. This type of plot brings joy and happiness, good children and all the success in life to the occupants of the building erected on it.

Avoid plots humped at the center and sloping on all sides. Same with the plots that are depressed at the center.

The north east side of the land should be the lowest side. If the northeast side is at a higher elevation than other sides of the property, you can dig soil from that one side and use it to build up the other parts. The land should either slope down toward the north or east, but not toward the west or south. Land sloping north brings riches, sloping east brings good fortune, sloping south brings ruin, and sloping west brings financial loss. The following chart illustrates the details.

Soil & land: While purchasing land, it is ideal to buy land that can be cultivated, i.e., where the vegetation can grow. Land with too many rocks, worms, bones and thorny trees is not considered good. If it is high at the center and sloping towards the sides it is not good.

During the ancient days, the color of the soil was selected as per the Varna, or Cast. White soil is good for the Brahmans, red for the Kshatriyas, yellow for the Vaisyas and black for sudras. It was advised to dig 12 ft down. If the soil is black up to 3 ft down and white or red below that, the land is suitable.

Black and clayey soil is not good for building. If the soil is crumbly rock, money comes without effort. Yellow soil is ideal for the business community.

The materials that come up during the excavation for construction are indicators of the following results:

1. StoneIncrease of wealth
2. BricksAll types of wealth and prosperity in future
3. Copper or MetalsProsperous life
4. CoalSickness and loss of wealth
5. Bones of animalsObstacles to progress
6. Snake or ScorpionFear of these animals and obstruction to building’s progress
7. Anthill, TermitesDestruction of wealth, reduction in longivity of life
8. Straw, eggsDeath,Unnecessary expenses
9. CottonSorrow
10. Pieces of woodHas to abondon the house and run away
11. SkullUnwanted quarrels, litigation
12. Horns of cowwealth and prosperity
13. Gold, Silver, CoinsAll type of comforts
14. Zinc, Brass piecesFortune and comforts
15. Rags (torn clothes)Quarrels and fights
16. Iron or steel piecesDeath

Soil test: According to King Bhoj, the ancient Indian Vastu Specialist, dig a 2′x2′x2′ hole and then fill it up again. If some soil left over after filling, the land is good. If there is no soil left after filling up, it is average. If the hole is not fully filled, it is not good. This is the test to determine the soil’s natural moisture, density and aeration.

Dig a 2′x2′x2′ hole and fill it with water. If the time taken to absorb the water is more than an hour, it is good. After the water is absorbed, if there are many cracks in the hole the foundation of the house must be extra strong and will cost more.

From whom to purchase: According to Vastu sastra you should not purchase land from the following types of people:

1) From those who have became insolvent.
2) From person suffering from leprosy.
3) From lunatics.
4) From people who have left the country.

What not to purchase: Land donated to a temple, allotted to the watchman of the village or colony, land in possession of charitable trusts, land without any title deed should not be purchased.