What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you are investing into property for commercial or residential purpose ? Financial gain, isn’t it ? Would you like to invest in such a property which, in the long or short term, has a lower potential to give you profit ? Of course you would not. Because money, or the lack of it, matters most. In today’s column, Naresh Singhal will focus on the financial aspects of vaastu.

Some people think that it is better to invest in a land rather than investing in a multistory building. We tend not to agree with them, because there is a close relation between multistorey buildings and financial prosperity. To understand this we have to scrutinize the vaastu factors which are responsible in development of multistorey buildings trend. Though scarcity of land is the most common reason for the existence of multistorey buildings, but there are some vaastu factors that are equally responsible for this. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, and Dubai, the hot destination for businessmen, are two fair examples in this regard. You can easily see this in the geographical maps for both Mumbai and Dubai.

The geography of both these metropolises akin to each other. The most common thing is that they both have flowing water around them. Earlier, Dubai was lacking a water body on one side, but after they made a canal connecting it with Persian Gulf, its geographical features looks like Mumbai. This is a major vaastu condition which brings financial prosperity. And to cater to the needs of the business fraternity, high rise buildings are becoming the nature and norm for both these expanding cities.

Flowing water all around is a sure sign of prosperity, but this not the only vaastu factor one should look at while considering an investment into multistorey buildings. Each geographical condition has its own advantages and disadvantages. Even vastu principles, if followed properly, can change disadvantages into advantages. There are separate rules for residential and commercial buildings. One must see if the property follows these rules while contemplating the investment.

Let’s discuss some basic and important vaastu rules for commercial and residential multistorey buildings from the builders and buyers point of view. The ultimate goal of Developers/builders is to deliver a project such that it may impress their buyers and give them both goodwill and financial benefit in return. Let’s see the major points builders should keep in mind while they plan multistorey buildings:

• Must check the lay-out plan, before taking any decision. A square or rectangular plot is ideal for construction of multistorey buildings.

• While starting the construction, digging should be started from the right direction. Or else it may lead to litigation/govt. problems/ negative advertisements etc. Here you could ask what the right direction to start construction is. This depends on the shape of the plot and surrounding geographical conditions. A professional vaastu consultant can help best in this regard. He/she would know better where the feet of the Vaastu Purusha are, and where his head is, and they could accordingly suggest the right direction to start with.

• Generator & electric panel should be kept in South-East / South.

• More attention is required for the direction to build multi-level parking.

• If the South-West / South are heavy (for e.g., if there is a mountain / another building) it is good for both the builders and the buyers. It can be seen in both geographical and man-made conditions. You see, if a mountain or hill is there in the South-west or South of your project, it is ideal, as vaastu avers that South-west/ South should always be heavier. That is why we generally suggest that the bigger or heavier tower is constructed in these directions. It will also help the buyers if they want to sell their property in a timely & profitable manner.

• If the land is surrounded by a water body on all the four sides (for eg. Dubai & Mumbai) its very good from the financial point of view, for both buyers and sellers. Some builders are today going to the extent of landscaping an artificial water body to surround their commercial projects in order to keep in congruence to this aspect of vaastu.

• Adequate open space should be left on all four sides of the building. More open space towards the North and East sides of the Building is beneficial as compared to south and west sides.

• The slope of the floor in building should be towards North/east while South/west should be raised.

• Underground water tank ought to be built in the North-east, North or east while overhead tanks must be positioned in the South-west/South or West.

• East and North are the ideal for balcony space.

• Toilets should be in the North-west or West.

• If trees are used in landscaping, tall and dense trees should not be too near to the building. They should be planted such that their shadow does not fall on the building until 4.00 pm in the evening.

• Every floor ought to be constructed in such a manner that fresh air flows freely into every enclosed space. There should also be adequate provision for daylight to enter into every room of the building.

• If attached toileta are to be provided in any rooms in the complex, they should be to the southern portion of the room.

Points to remember for a buyer while pondering investment in multistorey buildings:

• Though the entrance of the main building should be facing East or North, buyers should check the direction of the flat, office or shop they are going to invest in. Generally, people tend to miss this, as they invariably either check only the direction from the entrance of the premises or standing a bit inside. Ideally direction should checked with the help of a compass from the centre of your premises.

• Check the povision for parking space in the building. Never invest in the tower which is situated in South, South-west or West of the parking. Instead you can invest in the North, North-east or East side towers.

• If there is a swimming pool in the building, also check its position. As we mentioned earlier, a water body in or around always plays a major role. Avoid investing in a tower situated to the South, South-west or West of the pool. Instead you can invest in the tower which is to the North, North-east or East.

• One more thing which buyers are confronted with while considering vaastu rules themselves at the time of selection of a site is the position of the stairwell. I would like to tell them that stairs are common passes in multistorey buildings and they hardly impinge on their peace and prosperity.

• Some buyers think that they should invest in land rather buying a flat in a multistorey building. They have their own reasons for this. Some believe that they will miss the magnetic power of the earth in highrise buildings. I would advise them that as times change, we must note that Vaastu rules also can change, and we ought to accept that. If they miss the magnetic field In highrise buildings, they are benefited with the more cosmic energy over there. So it is not really a bad deal.

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