Here are some important guidelines of Vastu for soil that needs to be followed during soil testing. Soil testing is an important procedure that is performed prior to the construction of the house or other residential buildings by a Vastu consultant (BTW this isn’t the same soil testing done by geologists).
These tests are performed mainly to assess the physical properties and positive or negative energies in the particular land in question. Mainly six types of soil testing Vastu techniques are mentioned in the Vastu Shastra scriptures.
Six Types of Soil Testing Vastu Methods
4.Color Radiation Test
5. Fertility Test
6.Air Flow Test
How to Perform Vastu Soil Testing?
Before commencing Vastu soil testing, clean the surface. Then dig a wide pit on the ground that should be of one hand length, one hand width, and one hand depth. Excavate all the soil and create a pit. Now fill back the hollow pit using the same excavated soil.
How To Derive A Conclusion?
Here is how to draw an inference after performing, Vastu soil testing for density.
If even after filling the pit completely some soil remains, then the land is considered to be the best for construction of a house or building.
If no soil remains after filling the pit, such land is said to be of the medium standard, according to Vastu.
If after filling the pit no soil remains and the pit is still not completely filled, then such land is considered to be of very low quality and is not fit for any type of construction.
The main purpose of this test is to find the consistency of the soil.
The superior soil quality ensures that the soil is firm and best suited for the construction of a building. The inferior one, on the other hand, will be quite loose and porous in consistency. Building houses on such land should be strictly avoided.
The moisture test is performed to assess the amount of water content in the soil. Ample amount of water inside the soil is a symbol of prosperity.
Similar to the density test, dig a hollow pit of one hand length, width, and depth and fill it with water. Turn and walk 100 steps towards the North direction and come back.
If the water level remains the same, then it is considered the best soil for house construction.
If there is some reduction in the water level then the soil or that piece of land is considered to be of the medium quality. In such cases, one might have to face a water shortage in the future.
And if very little or no water is left in the pit it is considered to be a land of very inferior quality and is not suitable for any type of construction. Such type of land is very dry and there is no water or moisture in the soil.
Dig a pit and keep four earthen lamps facing four cardinal directions. Light the lamps using oil/ghee and cotton wicks. Now observe the lamps.
Which lamp burns for the longest time?
If the lamp on the East burns for the longest time then it is best suited for Brahmins.
Similarly, lamps in the West, South, and North indicate their auspiciousness towards Vaishyas, Kshatriyas, and Shudras respectively says the Vastu Shastra.
Please keep in mind that we don’t encourage castism or differences among people based on caste, creed, race, gender, etc. and nor do Shastras.
It is said that in earlier days of human evolution people were divided into different castes based on their line of work and not by birth.
People who did the spiritual sadhana and religious chores were considered Brahmins, people who fought in wars were considered Kshatriyas and so on. Then again, there is no accurate evidence to prove any of this.
You can read this Wikipedia article for more information about the Caste system in earlier India.
Color Radiation Test
Take four colored flower buds. These should be white, red, yellow and black in color. Place them on the soil with the black one in the North, yellow in the West, red in South and white in the East direction.
This should be done in the evening. Later, return the next morning and observe the flowers.
Depending on the flower that blooms you can make the following conclusions.
If the white flower blossoms then the land is good for Brahmins. If the yellow one blooms it is good for Vaishyas. The Red one for Kshatriyas and the black one is for Shudras.
If the land is fertile, that indicates prosperity for the people residing in that particular place.
Green vegetative land indicates progress and wealth. In this test, one needs to sow seeds of wheat, bean, paddy, etc. If the seeds sprout within 3 nights then the land is fertile and is very good for the residential purpose.
If the seeds sprout in 5 days the land belongs to the medium category. It also can be used for living. But if the sprouting takes more than 7 days then the land is considered unfit for building a house.
This technique was especially valid during earlier days when farming was an integral part of our lives, especially in India. This test may not be required in the 21st century.
This is done to test the flow of wind or air in the circumference of land. Take a small amount of soil into your hands and release it slowly from a moderate height.
If it falls down instantly, the land is considered unfit for living. If soil particles float in the air then the land is considered good for house construction.