Hyderabad New government buildings to be Vaastu-compliant

Ancient cities in what are today Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were designed on the basis of Vaastu. And today, both state governments are keen that the new structures that are being developed are also Vaastu-compliant

WORDS: N.B. RAO

THE influence of Vaastu on Hyderabad and other cities in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh goes back centuries covering dynasties including those during the pre-Satavahana period and the Satavahana dynasty (which ruled the region from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD).
Over the following centuries other dynasties including the Pallavas, the Vishnukundinas, the Chalukyas, the Cholas, and finally the Vijayanagara empire ruled over what is today Hyderabad (now capital of Telangana) and other parts of Andhra Pradesh.
According to a note on Vastu Shastra by the Indian unit of Weinerberger AG, the world’s largest producer of bricks,

clay roof tile, concrete pavers and other related products, many of the historic monuments across India – including in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad – reflected the ancient science of Indian architecture.
For instance, the ancient town of Sadasivapet in Medak district was built on the lines of Vaastu. The town was established by Rani Lingayamma, daughter of Sadashiva Reddy, when she ruled it for a dozen years from 1680.
Sadasivapet was designed according to Sarvatobhadra, one of the eight types of town plans according to the ancient text Manasara. The city was divided into 10 divisions on each side, was surrounded by a fort wall with four gates.

And the roads faced north-south and east-west directions.
Despite Hyderabad emerging as a global IT hub and a modern city, Vaastu plays an important role in the city’s architecture. In fact, successive chief ministers in the city are known to have preferred structures built on Vaastu standards.
The chief ministers of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhara Rao respectively – are known to take advice from Vaastu experts while deciding on their office buildings and residences.
Though Naidu and Rao are political rivals and have entered into bitter squabbles in the past, they often discuss Vaastu matters.

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The chief ministers of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhara Rao respectively – are known to take advice from Vaastu experts while deciding on their office buildings and residences.

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Just months after he took over as chief minister of Telangana in 2014, Rao urged Naidu that his then office was in contravention of Vaastu. The Andhra chief minister soon initiated steps to set things right.
Vaastu-compliant capital
Analysts point out that it was Rao who again convinced Naidu to locate the new capital of Andhra Pradesh south of the Krishna river. The chief minister finally decided on Amravati after Vaastu experts approved the location.
The layout of the new Secretariat building in Amravati has also undergone alterations, making it Vaastu-complaint, after experts pointed out the deficiencies in the original design.
In Hyderabad, at one of his press meets in 2015, Telangana chief minister Rao told the media that none of those who worked in the then building housing the chief minister’s office were happy or prospered. “This has serious ‘Vaastu’ defects,” he told the media.
Both chief ministers and their minsters have also modified their office chambers to make them compliant with Vaastu norms, reflecting the deeply-held beliefs in the ancient Indian science.
In fact, even legislators in the two states are conscious of the need for Vaastu-compliant residences. Last March, the government informed MLAs of Telangana that it planned to build more than 100 buildings in Hyderabad, which would be fully Vaastu-compliant.
Chief minister Rao even has a dedicated Vaastu advisor, who has joined hands with leading architect Hafeez Contractor to design a Vaastu-friendly secretariat complex.
According to the government, the 100 per cent Vaastu-complaint building will provide a healthy work environment thanks to the flow of natural energy from all sides.