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Published in: Jun 2017

When the entire world was in its infancy, we, the Indians, were old enough in the knowledge of almost all the subjects of life. When others were wandering in forest without even clothes, we were living in palatial houses seemingly touching the moon in the sky. Whatever knowledge is spread in the world, we are the major contributors in it. If our ancestors had not laid down the tracks of growth with their knowledge, the science would not have grown in the world. The mysteries about which the rest of the world was ignorant, we had unfolded them all in our country Hindustan. Shri Maithilisharan Gupta, the renowned Hindi Poet in his work Bharat-Bharati. The term Vaastu Shastra is a collation of ... Read More

Published in: May 2017

High-Rise Buildings add charm to the city. They are becoming increasingly popular among the developers, architects, and the end-users. At a fast-growing rate across the world today, high rise buildings make a great impact as they offer breath taking views of your surrounding areas, offer more comfort, and allow you peace of mind. A study of the Traditional Indian Architecture shows that the height of the building should be proportional to its minimum width. Over 90% of the 5.39 million people in Singapore live in high-rise dwellings, which makes it difficult to follow the principles of Vaastu Shastra. Although it can be challenging to follow Vaastu 100% in such structures, there is still a r... Read More

Published in: Jul 2014

Vaastuyogam begins a fresh series, As I See It wherein professionals from various streams will be invited to share their opinion on a better India. I hope that this multifaceted basket of opinion will bring to the table a viewpoint that is personal yet loaded with professional insight of the contributors. Scenario of Urban India Indian cities are overcrowded, overworked, and quite often a picture of victorious chaos. People, animals, bicycles, carts, cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles all share the same road spaces. Yet, amazingly albeit grudgingly - it all works somehow, though not most of the time. The 2011 Census indicates that almost 28% of the population of India resides in cities. The... Read More

Published in: Jul 2014

One of the seven holiest cities of India, Saptapuri Dwarkaalso called Suvarna Dwarka (Golden Dwarka)is located on the edge of the Kutch Peninsula, facing the Arabian Sea, in Jamnagar, Gujarat. A renowned pilgrimage destination, Dwarka, formerly called the Gateway to Western India, was an important sea port. One of the four original Maths founded by Adi Shankaracharya is in Dwarka. Both Shri Ramanujacharya and Shri Madhavacharya visited this place. It used to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna and the first capital of the state. Archaeological excavations indicate that Dwarka is built on four former cities. Much of the present town was submerged by the rising sea levels. There is evidence ... Read More

Published in: Jun 2014

Sapta Puri are the seven holy pilgrimage centres in India where the word 'puri' means "town" or "city" suffixed to the word 'sapta' meaning "seven". Specifically, the names of the pilgrimage centres, which are tirthas (holy places), are: Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi (Benaras, Kashi), Kanchipuram, Ujjain (Avanti) and Dwarka. Mathura , located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in the district headquarters of Mathura district, also called Mathura Mandala or Braj Bhoomi, is considered the heart of Indian culture. Krishna was born here and hence it is also popularly known as 'Krishnajanmabhoomi' ("Krishna's birth place"). Read More

Published in: May 2014

Readers will be happy to learn that the past month has been a momentous one with the launch of the book, A Nations Prophecy. by Dr Ravi Rao We all know Dr Rao as a Vaastu consultant and astrologer par excellence who has brought positive change to the lives of hundreds of businesses and families across the globe. What has now unfolded is the academic side. A Nations Prophecy. Is a path finding study on a subject of immense yet undiscovered value to all the countries of the world. The book also marks the beginning of StarPublication House. It aims to publish books in the field of astrology, Vaastu, mythology, religion and spirituality with the objective of bringing ancient science and wisdom to... Read More

Published in: May 2014

Varanasi Varanasi, also called Kashi, Benares, is an ancient city, said to be the oldest inhabited one. The city was known by several names such as Avimuktaka, Anandakanana, Mahasmasana, Surandhana, Brahma Vardha, Sudarsana, and Ramya. Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Varanasi is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language and honored authors such as the ever-famous novelist Prem Chand and Tulsi Das, the famous saint-poet who wrote Ram Charit Manas. Aptly called as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has provided the right platform for all cultural activities to flourish. Many exponents of dance and music have come fro... Read More

Published in: Apr 2014

AYODHYA FOLLOWING RAMA: THE RAMAYANA Kashi (Varanasi, U. P.), Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), Mayapuri (Haridwar, Uttaranchal) Ayodhya (U.P.), Avantika (Ujjain, M. P.), Mathura (U. P.), Dwaravati (Dwarka, Gujarat) The Ramayana is the most beloved epic of India. The story of Rama, the Journey of Rama, penetrates Hindu consciousness and culture to the extent that it is almost universally known. In our explorations of sacred geography, we note immediately that because the legend is based on a journey, it creates a landscape and a map. The footprints of the heroes and heroines of the Ramayana are tracks that we can follow through the land of India. Read More

Published in: Apr 2014

India, The Great Stage of The RAMAYANA This article is a researched article and borrows heavily from printed and electronic encyclopedias as well as material provided by our panel of research scholars, astrologers, academics and pundits. Also, this article is majorly an extraction and adaptation from the book India A Sacred Geography" by Diana L. Eck A landscape is larger and more sweeping than any single feature. A landscape takes the measure of distances and perspectives. It links places together, evoking pleasure, emotion, and connection, It is little wonder that the Ramayana has created a landscape that has become its own text so to speak. Entering into this landscape tells us a great dea... Read More

Published in: Mar 2014

Ancient religious texts mention seven cities in India as sacred. These seven cities are called as Saptapuri in Sanskrit. Sapta means seven and Puri means town . They are Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kasi, Kanchipuram, Avanthika and Dwaravati. They are called as Mokshapuris meaning the towns in the soul can be liberated from worldly sins and salvation can be attained. The Garuda Puranam mentions them in the following verse. Read More

Published in: Mar 2014

The history of Kanchi can be traced back to several centuries before the advent of the Christian era. The place finds its name in Patanjali's Mahabhashya written in the second century B.C. Manimekalai, the famous Tamil classic, and Perumpanattu Padai, a great Tamil poetical work, vividly describe the city as it was at the beginning of the Christian era. Read More

Published in: Feb 2014

Satellite Police Station, A Public Initiative Project In 2005, the Ahmedabad Nagrik Police Utkarsh Samiti, under the leadership of Manubhai Patel raised funds through donations and constructed the Satellite Police station at a cost of Rs 90 lacs. Our Vaastuyogam team met Mr. Manubhai Patel and Mr. Mukund Patel, Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Ahmedabad Nagrik Police Utkarsh Samiti. In the article below, they elaborate on this unique and successful experiment of reducing stress experienced by the public in their face-to-face interaction with the police at the police station. Read More

Published in: Feb 2014

THE ANCIENT TIRTHYATRAS OF INDIA Kashi (Varanasi, U. P.), Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), Mayapuri (Haridwar, Uttaranchal) Ayodhya (U.P.), Avantika (Ujjain, M. P.), Mathura (U. P.), Dwaravati (Dwarka, Gujarat) "The Ganga is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her racial memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga." Read More

Published in: Feb 2014

Ganga Ma - Indias Most Sacred River The Ganges is a sacred river to Hindus along every fragment of its length. All along its course, Hindus bathe in its waters, paying homage to their ancestors and to their gods by cupping the water in their hands, lifting it and letting it fall back into the river; they offer flowers and rose petals and float shallow clay dishes filled with oil and lit with wicks (diyas). Read More

Published in: Nov 2013

If I go by the theory of Mayamatam - Vaastushastras revered text, Every property chooses its occupant. As a corollary to this, if the property chooses its occupant, it is equally true that the property throws out occupants that are not of its choosing. Not just that, the property chooses the duration of the occupancy by the occupant. If the stars are supportive than the occupant zooms ahead, but gives credit to himself; yet when the reversals commence the blame game starts! Actually it is his property that sets-up the trap for him. To explain what I am saying I give an illustration: Read More

Published in: Nov 2013

This Diwali in our annual Diwali Special Series - Vaastuyogam sketches the life and times of Goddess Sita with two essays. The first Goddess Sita - The Silent Pillar of Strength in Ramayana, touches upon her divinity . The second essay Goddess Sita - The Ideal Wife is an excerpt from the all-time classic Hindu Goddesses - Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition by David Kinsley, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Read More

Published in: Sep 2013

Indian astrology is popularly referred to as Vedic astrology. This is not because it is there in the Vedas. There is no mention of astrology in the Vedas. However, it is one of the Vedangas, i.e. limb or branch of Vedas and dates back to the Vedic period. Several of the Poojas and remedial measures prescribed in the Indian astrology are as per the Vedic system. Hence, it is called Vedic astrology. Read More

Published in: Jul 2013

Indian astrology is popularly referred to as Vedic astrology. This is not because it is there in the Vedas. There is no mention of astrology in the Vedas. However, it is one of the Vedangas, i.e., limb or branch of Vedas, and dates back to the Vedic period. Several of the Poojas and remedial measures prescribed in the Indian astrology are as per the Vedic system. Hence, it is called Vedic astrology. Read More

Published in: May 2013

Panchang is a part of ancient Vedic astrology that helps synchronize best days and times - ahead of the actual time. It is a Hindu calendar and almanac, which follows traditional units of Indian timekeeping, and presents important dates and their calculations in a tabulated form. Read More