Construction of Temples in Vastu
Temples are the places of worship for the ages in the past. They are the sources of certain fine arts such as dance music, silpa and the writing of poetry-The emperors in various periods have taken steps to improve the temple architecture. A Special subject was developed to the management of temples. That is what is called as Agama Shastra, Agama Shastra laid down certain principles regarding the maintenance of temple and such other things relating to the piety of the temples.
One had better take the help of elders while constructing a temple. It should be built according to AGAMA SHASTRA. The temples of Lord Shiva, Rama, Vishnu Sri Venkateswara, Sri Subrahmanyeswara, Vinayaka should be built in accordance with the rules laid down in the Agama Shastra keeping the Chakra to the place the status, to put Kumkuma and to offer the daily worship.
While building temples, we have to follow the temple rules. In day-today life man needs health, wealth and languish. Worship of God always is good for us. The primitive man started making stone-statue the moment he used to use tools made of stones. Viswakarma is said to be the architect of these stone statues.
The word "Sthapathi" means the sculptor of a village, town and a house, a temple and other things. The ancient pandits gathered the meanings of Vastu terminology, and considered them as synonyms. They mixed the subject of Vastu and silpa and wrote books.
The measurements of a temple should be taken from the outer side of a temple. It is called "Veli Ayam". The measurement of a royal palace i.e. "Prakaara should be taken from the centre of a wall. The temples of Rama, Sri Venkateswara and Sri Subrahmanya should be built with Eastern, face
The temples of Shiva should be with western face. The Veeranjaneya temple should be of south face.
The temples of Vinayaka, Navagraha, Veera-bhadra should be with North face.
The trees that are worshipped in the name of deity small temples built to worship Amma (Ganga-namma etc,) should be built according to Vastu rules. The people who are interested in such activity - the trustees, Vastu pandits, masons and carpenters should maintain deity as long as they are in that work so as complete them successfully and perfectly. Otherwise, it leads to many setbacks.
If the Vastu rules are not followed, the people who involved may face many problems. People are-put to suffering.
Before securing site to build a temple, are should consult the Pithadhipathis. They should also consult the chief sculptor of the temples. The people should form into committee. The foundation-stone should be laid by a great man.
Generally one should be built both for the God and the Goddess at a place or separately. The Mantapam is built in the front side. There should be a vehicle like a chariot, dwajasthamba and the Balipeetha. There should be compound walls round the temple. There should be no other structures inside the compound walls except the temple. There may be a kitchen, the shelter for priests, and shelter for the chariot of God outside the temple. A big teak tree may be used for Dwaja Sthambha. The basement of the temple should be as high as possible. No house should be built in front of the Mukhadwara of the temple. The shadow of the temple should not be fallen on the neighbouring houses. The house owners will suffer. The trustees should see that the daily worship of Lord and of the offerings is carried on regularly with out any break. No house should be built in the North-eastern direction to the temple. If so, evil consequences will follow,
MARRIAGE ALTAR in Vastu
While building a marriage altar, we have to think of the soola or the mothapotu as conceived earlier. On the marriage altar, the couple should sit in such a way that they face the Eastern side. We must see that there are no ups and downs on the floor to avoid any inconvenience.
Government Constructions as per Vastu
Governments are formed of people, by the people and for the people. The Housing board people are getting the houses, quarters, offices, godowns, workshops etc. constructed according to modern engineering. Some of the present day engineers lack the knowledge of Vastu. So, the dwellers of these houses and colonies are facing some problems.
In many of the towns and cities many buildings are being built according to modern
engineering. But if they coordinate engineering with Vastu, they can avoid many
problems, if so, people will prosper.