VASTU- PURUSHA JANAM
Vastu Purusha is present in each and every plot whether it is big or small. He has a fixed and peculiar body . his head remains hanging down and his body is spread all over the length and breadth of the ground . There is an interesting story in the MATSYA PURNA in which the birth of the Vastu purusha is narrated. By reading that story one knows why the worship of the Vastu Purusha is necessary before beginning constructing any house .
While fighting with the demon, Shiva was very much tred and began to sweat profusely. A man was born of the drops of Shiva’s sweat . he looked very cruel . he was very hungry. So he began to make penance to appease Lord Shiva and get a born from Him .
Shiva was pleased with his penance and appeared before him. The devotee prayed to Shiva ,’’Oh load! Please permit me to eat away all the three worlds’’. Shiva said ‘’, let it be so,’’ The devotee,s joy knew no bounds. He got possession on all the three worlds and first he was ready to eat the terrestrial world . Then the celestial being, Brahma ,Shiva, and demons [Rakshasas] also were terrified and caught hold of the devotee encircling him.
Fortyfive celestial being , out of whom 32 from with out and 13 from within caught hold of the devotee.The Thirty two celestial being are-
1.ISH 2. PAROJAYA 3. JAYANT 4. INDRA 5. SURYA 6. SADYA 7. BARISHAM 8. AKASH 9.AGNI 10. PUSHNA 11. VITATHA 12. YAMA 13. KRITHANTA 14. GANDHARVA 15. BRINGAVAJA 16. MRIGA 17 . PITARA 18. All these 32 celestial DAREPALE 19. SUGRIVA 20. PUSHPADANTA 21. VARUNA 22. DAITYA 23. SESHA 24. YAKSHMA 25. ROGA 26. NAGA 27. MUKHYA 28 . BHALLATA 29. SOMA 30. SARPA 31. ADITI and 32. DITI.
Being are out of the limits of the devotee whereas the following 13 being are within his limits;
ISH [AGNI]-head ; APA-face; PRITHVI DHARA & ARYAM-Chest; AVANTSA-heart; DITI& INDRA-Shoulders; SURYA& SOMA-hands; RUDRA& RAJAYAKSHAMA-left arm ; SAVITRA& SAVITA; right arm VIVASWAN& MITRA – Stomach; PUSHA & ARYAMA-Wrist ; ASUR& SESHA –Left side VITASHA& GRAHAKSHAT-right side ; YAMA & VARUNA – Things ; GANDARVA&PURAMADAN-on the knee; SUGRIV& BHRISH-shanks; DWARIKA& MRIGA-ankles; JAYA&SHAKRA-on the hairs grow on the feet; BRAHMA-on the heart.
Being bound like that, the devotee lay down there only . Since then , he has been lying there surrounded by
The celestal being and thus he was called ‘’the God of Vastu or VASTU PURUSHA’’.
You will be known as ‘’VASTU PURUSHA’’ , You will tease the people , to your heart’s content, who construct buildings and temples, dig wells and tanks on the side towards which you see and in the direction towards which you hold your feet . You may trouble and even devour those people who construct the aforesaid buildings and temples etc; In the direction where you lay your head and back and those who lay foundation –stone with out worshipping you or with out satisfying you with’’ Homa’’and the like . Then the Vastu Purusha was quite satisfied. Since then the worship of Vastu purusha has been in vogue and it has become compulsory for those who want to construct any kind of building .
Vastu purusha , being arrested like this , said to the Gods,’’Oh , Celestial beings ! you have all caught hold of me and tied me on all the sides . How long shall I be like this , in this position hanging my head down like a prisoner? What shall I eat ?’’Listening to those words , the celestial Beings said , “Today is Bhadrapada Shukla Triteeya Saturday and “VIshaka Star “ ; So you lie down here on the ground changing your position once in three months , i.e.from “Bhadrapada’’ to” Karthik “you lie down putting your head in the eastern direction and your feet towards the West . During the months of “Margashira” , ‘Pushyam and’ Maga’ , you lie down towards the South looking towards the West and put your feet towards the North ; during the months of ‘Phalgun’, ‘Chaitra’ and ‘Vaishak,’ put your head towads the West and feet towards the East, looking towards the North ; in the months of ‘Jyeshtha’, Ashada and’ Sravana’ , put your head towards the North and the feet towards the South and look towards the East. What ever side you may turn , you will have to lie down on the left side only.
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