The commencement of Vastu for a plot is by testing the earth, for the following

• Shape • Colour • Odour • Taste • Hardness • Density • Porosity • Level

When considering a plot the most important factor is the geometric axis. One must make sure that the geometrical axis of the plot should be properly aligned with the axis of the earth’s magnetic field. Lack of alignment makes the plot weak and not quite auspicious. There can be several shape of plots rectangle & square shaped plots are considered auspicious.

The following shapes of plots are considered inauspicious

• Oval • Triangular • Trident • Circular • Semi circular.

The circle is a symbol of air element which is not stable hence plots having oval, circular or semicircular shapes will not give its residents any stability in their lives.

The triangle is a symbol of fire hence such a plot will always keep the residents in great tension and there can be never be any peace of mind. Moreover there can be fatal fights and accidents involving fire.

Select a plot of land that is square or rectangular in shape as these shapes correspond to the earth element. For a rectangular plot if the ratio of width and depth of site is within 1:15 and all corners are of 90 degrees, it is also good for growth but if the depth is more than twice width, the site becomes weaker for growth.

Plots close to religious places and factories should be avoided as there may be disturbance, pollution, noise etc. and it’s difficult to have peace of mind in such places. A small plot located between two bigger plots must be avoided as health: wealth and happiness are literally squeezed out of such plots. Extension of plot must be studied carefully as it can lead to either growth or destruction of the owner’s fortune or health.

Most of the buildings fail due to their foundations. Therefore great attention should be paid on sub surface investigation or soil testing. It is necessary for the safe and economical design of foundations. Soil investigation provides us the information regarding different soil strata lying underneath, seasonal variations in ground water table, depth and composition of the rocky base and other such details.