HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF VASTU SHASTRA
Vastu Shastra is a part of treasured Vedas and originates in the Yajur Veda under the section Stapatya Vidya, although the exact origins of VASTU are still debatable but as per the scriptures available it is probably dated around 4000-5000 B.C. Basic principles and reference are also found in the “Punanas”.
It is also said that Brahma created the world and then appointed Vishvakarma to develop a system of architecture in order to provide harmony and bliss to the inhabitants. Vishvakarma then studied various factors like the solar –system, water, plantations, geographical topography, Shapes, Weights etc and initiated the science of VASTU SHASTRA.
As per the data available our sages know a lot about the universe and its geo-physical effect on humans along with the mysteries of the cosmos much before the western world discovered it. And based on this study on of these systems they discovered Vastu Shastra in order to provide the maximum benefits to people living therein.
As per our Ancient Books there are originally 18 teachers of VASTU SHASTRA they are :
Also there is a mention of Vastu in the Ramayan that the entire city of
was designed by Manu a leading
architect in those times based on the principles of VASTU SHASTRA. Ayodhaya
Similarly there are references to Vastu in the Mahabharta too where houses for the kings were build as per this valued science.
References of VASTU SHASTRA are found even the Buddhist literature where people were advised to consider Vastu in construction of Houses.
Even in the cities of Mohanjodaro and
Harappa are based on Vastu
The Aryans were the first to exploit the full potential of the Science of Vastu Shastra. When they occupied the India-subcontinent they fully understood the importance of our Vedas and gradually began to translate and compile the VEDAS and studied them to develop townships and houses according to the Vastu principles mentioned in the Atharvaveda and Yajur Veda.
Also from the above it is very much clear that VASTU SHASTRA is universal. It is not confined to any particular group of people or religion and is beneficial in the development of all human being irrespective of any caste, creed or religion.