While examining the suitability of the site, the soil is examined first. It should be solid. The soil that is not solid is unsuitable for building construction. The soil testing must be done at an auspicious time, with a free mind and after offering worship, according to rites, to the dieties of architecture. During digging, if any stone-gem, gold, snake etc. is found, it is considered auspicious.

Soil Tests:

1. Soil bond strength - According to King Bhoj (the ancient Indian Vastu Specialist), a pit about a hand deep (about 50 cms)should be dug. Then the whole soil should be taken out of the pit and again the pit should be filled with the soil, taken out earlier. If some soil remains out, the site is best; if all the soil is filled, it is good and; if the soil is found to be short, it is unfit.

2. Soil looseness - In the second stage, after taking out the soil from the pit, the pit should be filled with water. After filling the water, one should walk for 100 paces at normal speed. If on return the volume of the water remains unaltered the land is best, if it is a little less, the land is good and if the level of water falls too low, the land is unsuitable.

Length of Plot

The building depicting East-West length is called 'Surya Vedhi' and that showing a North-South length is called 'Chandra Vedhi'. Only the Chandra Vedhi building is auspicious and is also good for economic prosperity. For gardens and lawns both Suryavedhi and Chandra Vedhi lands are suitable. But the 'Surya' or Chandra Vedhi lands are not suitable for temples.

Shape of Plot

While purchasing a plot of land, attention should be paid to its shape, its angles the position of other buildings and roads on its all eight directions. If there is some deficiency in a plot, it can be made suitable by incorporating such improvements as are suggested by an expert VASTU SHASTRI and then purchased. If there is no possibility to improve it, the plot need not be purchased.

There are many shapes and designs of the plots. But only four shapes of plots are recommended.

1. Square

2. Rectangular (the ideal ratio is 1:2)

3. Sherdah (broad in the front and narrow at the back)

4. Gaumukhi (narrow in the front and broad at the back)

Non-aligned Plots

What has been said in Vastu Shastra so far has been based on the plots that are parallel to directions or made on those roads which are correctly situated towards north-south or east-west. However, there are plots that are not facing the perfect East, West, North, South, North-East, North-West, South-East or South-West.

  • 1. East plot(North-East alignment)
    Such plots bring name and fame but little financial gains.

  • 2. East plot (South-East alignment)
    The owner of such plots has many children. He is a miser by nature.

  • 3. West plot (South-West alignment)
    The men living on such plots earn their livelihood by violent means. The female members live life in utter disappointment

  • 4. West plot (North-West alignment)
    Such plots are considered to be good. Income pours in effortlessly. The female members of the family are also happy.

  • 5. North plot (North-West alignment)
    Such plots are not very good. There is a possibility of character assassination of male members and sufferings continue.

  • 6. North plot (North-East alignment)
    Such plots are considered to be better. These increase wealth.

  • 7. South plot (South-East alignment)
    Such plot is a source of many sons. It brings respectability and monetary gains as well. But the male members suffer ailments and/or ill health.

  • 8. South plot (South-West alignment)
    The women living on such plots will remain aggrieved. The nature of male members will be intolerable.