Vastu for Griha Arambha
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 lifetime, it is advisable, if need be, to wait for some time for the auspicious muhurtha.
Digging for Foundation Laying (Khata).
It is different from actual foundation laying. It is important to consider the position of the Sun, bhoomi shayan, i.e. when the earth is sleeping and nakshatras.
One should not start digging when the earth is sleeping. Earth is said to sleep on the 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 21st and 24th day from Sankranti or solar ingress day. Alternatively, the Earth is said to sleep if Moon’s nakshatra is 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 19th or 26th from the Sun’s nakshatra on a particular day.
For digging purpose nakshatras recommended for construction, Llttaraphalguni, Uttarashada, Llttarabhadrapada, Rohini, Mrigshira, Revati, Chitra, Anuradha, Shatbhisha, Swati, Dhanishtha, Hasta and Pushya are considered good.
Benefic tithis like 2, 3,5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 are considered good.
Benefic yogas are:
(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 llttarabhadrapada, Rohini, Mrigshira and Shravan on a Thursday is considered very benefic.
Lagna: Fixed lagnas like Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are benefic, dual signs can also be considered. Avoid movable lagnas. Malefic planets in 3, 6 and 11th houses are considered good.
Lunar months of Phalguna, Shravana, Margsheesha, Pausa and Vaishakha, Kartik and Magha are considered good provided the 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 muhurtha digging should be done and proper Vastu pujan and punch-shila sthapana should be done. Construction should not begin if a female member is in an advanced stage of pregnancy or if some member of the house is seriously ill.