At the very core of Hindu philosophy is the phrase Atithi Devo Bhava, which implies that God will come to you disguised as a guest. This is why the service ratings of Indian luxury hotels rate among the best in the world; why Indian offer alms to anyone in need and why we are (over) friendly towards travellers.
Even in Vedic architecture, guest rooms carry great spiritual significance. “However, being the least used room, mostly used by people from outside the home, there aren’t too many energy-balancing rules to be applied here. This makes it one of the easiest rooms to maintain, according to the Shastras,” Vastukar Neeta Sinha from Mumbai-based AstroArchitecture says.
As per Vastu principles, the guest room should ideally be located in the north west, and should be built above the kitchen if the residence is a villa or bungalow. The north west is ruled by Vaayu or the unpredictability of what the ‘Hindu God of Winds’ blows in—unexpected guests, socialising and festive occasions.
Sinha understands that such can’t always be the case in a modern apartment setting, and recommends that any room used for the purpose should be warm and hospitable, painted in pastel colours.
Hospitality at home
Decorate the room as though it were a hotel suite: What is it that you could provide to make your guests feel more independent and at ease? Thick blackout curtains for them to sleep soundly, an electric kettle or a mini bar? “Keeping small comforts in mind can make a huge difference in making your guests feel at home,” Sinha says.
Decide the demographic
Keep in mind the age of your guests: if you welcome young adults, then make sure the room has few electronic gadgets at hand, the colours should be vibrant and the decor funky! On the other hand if you have elderly visiting your place more often, then make sure the bathroom is easily accessible, the colours are soothing, there is a provision for bell, and a television as they may choose to stay in than get out.