DECORATION OF A DOOR
For decoration of a door, following facts have been described in Vaastu Shastra –
- Family deity– The height of the deity statue should not be more than 18 inches
- Two guard– Two guards in good uniform, worn ornaments, beautiful and young as well as have a stick and sword in their hands should have on both sides of the door. Along with them, a woman guard should also have present there.
- A short height nurse– A woman server, buffoon, etc. should have present behind her.
- Conch and lotus– Conch and lotus must have at the door from which mudras are coming out.
- Astamangal– Lakshami– Maa Lakshmi sit on lotus decorated with quality clothes and ornaments beautifully whom a pair of elephant is pouring water on Her.
- Cow– A cow with her calf decorated with flowers garlands properly.
Note– It should be kept in the mind that people decorate their house through the statues of Lord Krishna, Ganesha, Vishnu, etc. and through other restricted pictures with full excitement. But, it is not auspicious and they should need to avoid it, but they should use only those pictures and statues which have been described in our ancient granthas (books) for this purpose.
Differences (variations) about the main door in ancient granthas (books)– In few granthas, it has been described the main door that the main door facing towards south direction is auspicious and the main door facing towards west direction is inauspicious. But, just opposite to it has been described in many other granthas. Most of the experts of this fact believe that the door facing west direction is not harmful, but one should need to avoid south facing the main door. They say that we do not do any religious work or celebration by facing towards south direction except doing last rites or death anniversary.
It should also be kept in the mind that it is very important to follow a very ancient popular convention besides ancient shastra for this purpose. According to Indian scholars, the God of death ‘Yam’ rules on south direction. Thus, normally they do not enter a house through south direction. Presence of sub-door in south direction is not harmful. If a house has already its main in south direction, this Vaastu dosha can be corrected by constructing another door in the north-east corner towards north or east.
On which place in the front part of a house the outer door is located, it is another matter about which, there is a disagreement (variance) found. According to a few ancient granthas (books), it must be located in the center. Other believe that the area of both the last points of that side should be divided into eight sections. After leaving first, second, seventh and eight parts, third to the sixth part can be selected for constructing the main door. According to few other ancient granthas (books), the south direction should be divided into nine different parts and each of them should be considered as influenced by nine planets. Before selecting any particular place for constructing a door, one should need to observe the negative or positive result of the related planet.
But, according to most of the experts of this fact, the main door should never be constructed in middle or center, but on any appropriate place apart for it.
Merits and demerits of wooden art– In ancient granthas (books), materials, art, the shape of the wood, ratio, measurement, wood and their artistic style have considered as very important. In the granthas, about 17 possible demerits (doshas) have been described in details. One should need to avoid them. The door that produces sound while opening and shutting should be considered as demerits. Those who are being opened or closed by their selves should be considered as inauspicious. The tradition of decorating the pans which have become popular in this modern time too is very ancient. Because normal doors have been described as inauspicious. Not only doors but the walls of a house, assembly halls and roofs are also decorated. All those basic emotions have also been described in architecture, which was allowed or restricted to be decorated. The emotions, pictures or statues which have been restricted are about 49 in numbers and those which have been allowed are 17 in numbers. Here, only a few selected emotions are describing-
The pictures or statues which are restricted to use– Pictures of Gods, gandharva, serpentine, apsarayain, injured, burnt, mad, fool, naked people, blind, short height, catcher of elephant, fight of demons and devils, hunting, forest’s fire, burning house, non-flowering plant, owl, vulture, elephants, horses, buffaloes, foxes, etc.
Picture used inside a house– Pictures of family deity, treasury along with conch, Maa lakshami with lotus, kuber, shree, ox, cow with her calf, swan, garden, big lakes surrounded with water birds like swan, singing and dancing women, parrot, mynah, peacock, cock, etc.
Materials for wood– It is also described in ancient granthas (books) that old and young trees should never be used for wood, because when the age of a tree is increased, the color of its wood start fading (falling light) and the only element present inside it is also decreased. Like this, the wood of a young tree has no appropriate strength and measurement. The appropriate age of a tree is about 66 years.
Use of following trees have been considering as inappropriate for houses-
The trees growing in crematorium, on villages’ roads, around ponds and in the compound of temples should never be cut.
Dried or weak trees, trees having hole, zigzag or burnt trees, branch less trees, trees burnt by lightening, etc. should never be used in a house. Trees having residence of snakes, flesh eating birds, bee-hives, evil souls, spider web, etc. or those which have been scratched by wild animals or destroyed by elephants or trees affected from any disease, etc. should not be used in a house.
Trees used for making fence around any plot should also not be used in a house.
Trees without fruits and flowers are also not considered as useful for a house.
Thorny or those trees which give delicious fruit, milk like fluid and fragrant trees are considered as very good.
Trees of peepal, plum, or those that produce silk, cotton, etc. should also not be cut for the use of making a house.
Such type of trees should be cut according to auspicious moment and day. The tree should be cut in such a way that it would fall in south or west direction. After falling down the tree, it should be left after doing worship. This fact shows that how deeply our ancestors (forefathers) study every aspect of architecture.
It will be interesting to known that the gender of a tree can be known by examine its soft and tender leaves. If the right soft nerves of the leaves are even (equal) in number and the left soft nerves of it are odd in number, it is a male tree otherwise it is a female tree. But, when the soft nerves of both the sides are equal in numbers, it is a neuter tree. For the construction of hermitage and temples, the wood of a neuter tree is considered as very holy.
In this way, an expert craftsman hammers on stone with a particular instrument and hears its sound and then determines the gender of the stone on the basis of this sound. Male stone can be used for making the stature of the only male and female stone can be used for making the statue of only female.
The wood of trees like- pine, shrigandha, white and red matti, teak, neem, sall, bogi, kiral bogi, jackfruit, etc. has been considered as good for the construction of a house. The wood of bilba, sahajan, kalli, mango, banyan, tar, etc. comes under the second category. The wood of auspicious trees like- peepal, coconut, atti, etc. is not used in the construction of a house.