The Importance of Design in Vasthuvidya 
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Thursday, 20 December 2007 04:51  
Vasthuvidya has given very great importance to the desing of a building. The plan shape should be either square, rectangle, octagon, hexagon or circle. The width to length ratio should be below 1:7. Importance is given to natural occurrences like, river, mountains, sea etc. The lengthy side of the building should be parallel to the river. When constructing a house in a valley, shadow of the rising sun shall not fall on the building.
As modern engineering give importance for area, Vasthuvidya adopts perimeter as the deciding factor in designing a home plan. For example, for a 10 X 30 hall, the area will be 300 and the perimeter will be (30 + 10) X 2 = 80. But for a 20 X 20 hall, area will be 400, the perimeter remains the same as (20 + 20) X 2 = 80. These examples show that both the halls have the same perimeter, but there is difference in area of 100. The materials required for the construction of both halls will be the same. So Vasthuvidya counts perimeter as the prime factor of design. . Perimeter has it’s auspiciousness and it is based on astrological criteria A designer should start with a perimeter which is auspicious and as per the Vasthu design tables.
A special feature of Vasthuvidya is fixing the orientation of the vastu from its prime dimension.
With respect to a focal point, called Brahmanabhi, a vasthu can take 4 position in the cardinal directions (north, east, south and west) and 4 in the corner directions (NE, SE, SW, NW). These positions are taken as the birth places of the vashtu and are denoted by the ‘yoni’. Yoni is thus an indicator denoting the position of the vastu with respect to the focal point. 

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