If first impressions make lasting impressions, the design of the main door is one of the vastukar’s first considerations while assessing a property. “As the only entrance and exit point of the residence, this is an energy centre that will attract both friends and abundance, if plotted correctly,” notes Vastukar Neeta Sinha, from Mumbai-based AstroArchitecture.
“Traditional Vastu practitioners are very firm about only recommending the north-east as the perfect door direction,” Sinha says, adding that “as the Shastras were written in ancient times, where other than fire, the sun was the only source of light, hence building a structure revolved around the maximum utilization of natural light.”
Again, buildings with doors facing the south are considered inauspicious according to Vastu, but Sinha cites the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Grand Hyatt, two luxury hotels in Mumbai that have entries on the south, and yet have been profitable ventures. “For that matter, South Mumbai has always been the business hub and wealthiest part of the city, so a Vastukar cannot predict the fate of the place by its direction alone,” Sinha says.
Fast forward to contemporary apartments in high-rise buildings that can’t adhere to such narrow restrictions, she says, “I have seen bad luck striking houses with north-east entries, and houses with a south entry flourishing. So in my experience, any entrance could be as positive as long as the ambience in a house is well balanced.”
Hanging a Nameplate
Even Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity or Lady Luck, needs a nudge in the right direction, Sinha feels. She recommends announcing your full name and flat number on a nameplate and making it as conspicuous as possible when hung on the front door.
Clearing the Path
Ensure the cleanliness of the entrance, whether it is on the outside or the inside. The door needs to be well-maintained and cleaned regularly. That is, it should not have any major cracks or wear and tear, should not make any creaking noises while opening or closing, and so on.
Decorate the Doorstep
You will always find a rangoli painted and toran hanging outside a Hindu home, especially during Diwali. “The more pious and welcoming the entrance is, the more luck it will attract,” Sinha advises. Even if you aren’t particularly spiritual, decorating your doorstep with colourful accessories or living plants should do the trick, the Vastukar says.