Vastu Muhuratha, Laying of Foundation, Greh Pravesh & Digging of Well
Construction of a house involves a series of activities like digging for the purpose of foundation laying, digging of well, laying the foundation, starting actual construction, laying roof, door fittings etc. There are specific muhurthas which should be observed for best results. Observing these muhurthas leads to speedy and safe construction. Since for most of us, building of a house involves a large amount of money, the savings of a life time, it is advisable if need be, to wait for some time for the auspicious muhurtha.
(i) When Sun is in Leo, Virgo and Libra digging should start from South-East. When Sun is in Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn, digging should start from North-East. When Sun is in Aquarius, Pisces and Aries digging should start from North-West. When Sun occupies Taurus, Gemini and Cancer digging should start from South-West. Thus, digging is indicated in different directions depending on Sun’s transit through a particular sign. The modern scholars, however, advocate that digging should start only from North-East and should proceed towards North-West, South-East and lastly in South-West.
(ii) One should not start digging when earth is sleeping. Earth is said to sleep on 5th, 7th, 10th, 21st and 24th day from Samkranti or solar ingress day. Alternatively, Earth is said to sleep if Moon’s Nakshatra is 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 19th or 26th from Sun’s Nakshatra on a particular day.
(iii) For digging purpose Nakshatras recommended for construction i.e. Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashada, Uttarabhadrapada, Rohini, Mrigshira, Revati, Chitra, Anuradha, Shatbhisha, Swati, Dhanishtha, Hasta and Pushya are considered good.
(iv) Benefic this like 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 are considered good.
(v) Benefic Yogas
(a) Shravan month, Shukla Paksh, 7th tithi, Saturday, benefic yoga, Swati Nakshatra and Leo Lagna is considered very benefic for starting the construction.
(b) Jupiter in Pushya, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashada Uttarabhadrapada, Rohini, Mrigshira and Shravan on a Thursday is considered very benefic.
(vi) Lagna-Fixed lagnas like Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are benefic, dual signs can also be considered. Avoid moveable lagnas. Malefic planets in 3,6 and 11th houses are considered good.
(vii) Lunar months of Phalguna, Shravana, Margsheesha, Pausa and Vaishakha, Kartik and Magha are considered good provided Sun is not transiting dual signs (3, 6, 9, 12 Rashis), Construction should start from Shukla Paksha or maximum till 5th tithi of dark half.
In the auspicious muhuratha digging should be done any proper Vastu pujan and panch-shila sthapana should be done. Construction should not begin if a female member is in a advanced stage of pregnancy or if since member of the house is seriously ill.
Digging of Well
The well should be dug after the worship of land. Before digging, the place should be clearly demarcated. If a well is dug when the stars are favourable sweet tasting water is easily obtained at a low level.
For digging the well, the favourable constellations are Rohini, Uttara, Hasta, Uttarbhadrapada, Bharani, Purvashadas, Kartika, Purva Bhadrapada, Mula and Aslesha. Avoid Khshya tithi, Vridhi tithi or Krishnaprayodashi. Avoid Tuesdays, Saturday and Sunday for digging the well.
Laying of Foundation
Most of the classics prescribe North-East or South-East direction for laying foundation stone. Fixed Nakshatra, benefic tithis, yogas and fixed signs as lagna are considered benefic. All days except Tuesday nd Saturday are good.
Vastu Chakra Shuddhi-Nakshatra chosen for starting construction should be 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th or 18th when counted from nakshatra occupied by Sun to get benefic results.
Avoid Rikta (4,9,14 tithis), Amavasya (New Moon day) and Ashtami (8th tithi). All other tithis are good.
Avoid Bhadra and malefic yogas. Tuesday is highly malefic.
Avoid movable rashi as lagna. Benefics should be well placed. Malefies in 3/6/11th houses are good.
Entering a New House (Greh Pravesh)
(i) Greh Pravesh is considered auspicious when Sun is in Uttarayana (from Capricorn to Gemini) and Lunar months of Magha, Phalguna, Vaishkha and Jyestha are prevailing. Avoid the times when Jupiter and Venus are combust. Jupiter in Leo and Capricorn and Sun in Pisces.
(ii) Before entering a new house proper ‘Vastu-pujan’ and ‘Homa’ should be performed in auspicious Nakshatras like three Uttras, Rohini, Mrigshira, Revati, Chitra and Anuradha. Proper religious ceremonies should be performed before entering a new house.
(iii) 2/3/5/6/7/810/11/12/13/15 tithis are considered good. All days except Tuesday and Sunday are favourable. Avoid Bhadra.
(iv) Lagna of fixed or dual signs or lagna of rashis falling in 3/6/10/11th houses from natal Moon sign are considered auspicious. Lagna rashi should not be 8th rashi from the natal Moon or natal lagna. The natal lagna lord, nakshatra lord and dasa lord should be strong at the time of greh-pravesh.