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History of Vastu Shastra

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Vastu Shastra has been a part of the Indian culture for thousands of years. Even today people consult Vastu experts before buying a new property. Vastu Shastra has its origin in Sthapatya Veda which is a part of Atharva Veda.

The early principles were drafted according to the sun rays and their differing positions at different times of the day. In ancient times, this science was only confined to the architects, known as Sthapathis, and was passed on either verbally or through hand-written monographs. The significance of Vastu Shastra is established by the fact that in earlier days, the architecture of temples and palaces was completely based on it.

Vastu Shastra has also been mentioned in our ancient scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The architecture of the city of Ayodhya bears a resemblance to the plans mentioned in the Indian architectural text Manasara. Setu bridge built by Lord Ram was based on Vastu principles. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro also indicate that Vastu Shastra had an influence on the Indus Valley Civilization.

6According to Indian mythology, Vastu is an Asur (Demon) who prayed to Bramhadev and got boons. This, in turn, spurred an insatiable hunger in him. His power grew to such an extent that he attacked the Devas (Gods) in an attempt to consume their energies. The Devas then asked Bramhadev to help them get rid of this peril. Bramhadev asked the Devas to wage a war with Vastu. During the fight, Vastu was pushed back to Earth and he fell flat on his back with this legs pointing towards Nirrtikon and his head to the Eshankon. Bramhadev then asked the Gods to jump and sit on each organ of Vastu as this will be the only way he can be killed. Bramhadev himself sat on the middle of Vastu, and defeated and killed Vastu.

It is said that ‘The Vastupurusan’ still lies in the same position with his hands resting on his chest. The formation in which the Devas sat on Vastu was used to draft a grid diagram, which helps Vastu experts to decide favourable directions in a dwelling.

Even after thousands of years since its establishment, this science of direction remains to be very popular with people and many housing firms like Tata Housing adhere to it while designing their projects.

Home security systems- How safe is your home?

I read in the papers there are robbers

With flashlights that shine in the dark

My love needs a doggie to protect him

And scare them away with one bark. – ‘How much is that doggie in the window?’
Patti Page couldn’t have put it any better and I’m sure that, doggie in the window, found a good home. But come to think of it how many families and how many homes, have a pet to bark or growl at the first sign of trouble?

We’ve grown reliant on the fact that brick & mortar can’t be broken, that doors can’t be unhinged.
Or, the reliable watchman to stay awake & keep a keen lookout for any untoward person or action.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”Who watches the watchmen? Juvenal’s words ring true even to this day of technologically evolved times.

So, what kind of a home owner are you? And what kind of a home protection plan, do you have in place? Are you thinking about the best security you can offer your family, because trust yourself when you read this. The bad guys don’t need an invite to raid your home, damage property or cause grievous harm.

All it takes is being aware and being prepared, to handle any such event in a calm and composed manner and take charge of the safety of your family & home.

There are a lot of security systems available in the market to choose from. A perimeter security system that works well for for those with small children, expensive household items, high crime area a large budget and with an idea of keeping any intruder out of the home.

24An interior security system, is ideal for those who spend a long time away from homes, have large, open rooms, young members, teens or no kids and a smaller budget.

Ultimately a combination of both, a hybrid security system, that works best in tandem, takes care of your most valued item, your life!

Here are a few key measures to take into account when you plan for your security system.

1] Smoke & CO2 Detectors:Are compact, Wi-Fi, have electro-chemical sensors, and come with a wall plug or are battery powered. They’re ideally placed in kitchens and rooms & are highly sensitive. They also have an end of life alarm to replace batteries.

2] Door & Window Protection:Door jambs and double dead bolts will do their job. An added measure like glass break or shock sensors, work well with doors and windows and will trigger alarms & lights which are a sure deterrent. CCTV monitored visual display door access and biometric entry scanners and locks add a resiliently strong touch to security.

3] Motion Detectors: Are available as radar based or photo sensitive. Whether the sound pattern is disturbed or a beam of light broken, alarms will ring! A more advanced system are passive infra red sensors that detect an intruders heat signature and designed to ring alarms when rapid changes of heat or energy levels are noticed.

4] CCTV:Lets you keep an eye on things when and where you’d least expect trouble. CCTV surveillance around the neighbourhood, in apartment complexes or placed on a high vantage point of a home, will let you see, identify, track & recognise any threat that comes your way. With integrated technologies like IP, IR & facial recognition CCTVs are the eyes you never had.

5] Monitored Alarm System:Are the latest innovation offered by private security agencies. Homes are monitored 24/7 and in the event of a burglary, the agency detects, recognises and openly challenges the intruder, thereby alerting emergency services.

The biggest contribution as a home-owner will be the power to act. these products and services are tools that work best for a family or home that believe in the Scout rule -’Be Prepared!’