Contemporary relevance of Vastu Shastra

Sashikala Ananth LIVE with Madhu Kishwar Sashikala Ananth is an architect by qualification and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the Madras School. Sashikala has researched the classical Indian science of Architecture – Vastu, for over thirty years. She was a student of Sri Ganapati Sthapati a leading authority on the Vastu Shastras (for 10 years between 1982-1992). She also studied Yoga at the Krishnam Acharya Yoga Mandiram.

Having studied the Vastu texts extensively, assimilating traditional wisdom and exploring its field application, she has worked on projects incorporating the wisdom of vAstu in creative and harmonious ways with the modern lifestyle.

Sashikala Ananth is also a behavioural scientist. She obtained her certification from ISISD in 1984. At present she is a fellow of Sumedhas – Academy for Human Context. Her work as a behavioural scientist has been largely focused on helping NGO’s and Educational Institutions.

A recipient of the Ashoka Foundation Scholarship for innovative contribution to the field of architecture, she was also part of a team which made the 1991 National award winning film ‘The Living Tradition, A Shilpi Speaks’ that explains the traditions of the sculptor.

The thrust of the work:

To be able to envisage a coming together of both design concept and philosophy and to be able to apply this in the field effectively, she has been consolidating all the streams of learning and wisdom that have been part of her training. This includes yoga, behavioral work, fine arts, mythology, craft, vAstu shAstras, architectural training and human psychology. Sashikala has conducted several seminars across the world where she brought together this unique confluence of learning and experience. She and her husband Raghu Ananthanarayanan have been running a design and self-development centre called Vadivam for the last four decades.


  1. Early years in Auroville for initial study and understanding of traditional materials
  2. 10 years with Ganapati Sthapati studying the vAstu shilpa shAstra and working on various projects with him. For example the Tiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumri, Shivaya Subrahmanya swamy temple in Hawaii, Ratnagiri temple
  3. 3. Renovation and restoration of the buildings in the Theosophical society campus in Chennai using Chettinad plaster
  4. Residential Buildings designed and built between the years 1972 to 2015.
  5. Ashram and temple at Kollur for Shri. Tathata, called Tapovarishtashramam
  6. vAstu correction and additions for factories and business houses, between 1980 to 2017

Books by Sashikala: The books she has written on vAstu are considered definitive works in the field. ·

  1. Penguin Books: ‘A Penguin Guide to Vastu’;
  2. Penguin Books: ‘The pocket book of Vastu’;
  3. Roli Books: ‘Vastu – A Path to Harmonious Living’ and
  4. Aurobindo Ashram Press: translation of ‘Indian sculpture and Iconography – forms and measurements’ from Tamil.

Sashi can be contacted at: [email protected]

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