A three-storey house in Kuala Lumpur’s Taman Maluri was built in compliance with Vasthu Sastra principles.
AN impressive sight awaits any visitor setting foot inside Datuk LS Kalaiselvam’s house because the majestic structure emanates splendour – almost like a palace.
Gold-trimmed furniture, Egyptian marble flooring and an elegant plaster ceiling welcome people to the house designed and built following Vasthu Sastra doctrines close to 100%.
He moved into his three-storey house, the tallest residence in Taman Maluri in Kuala Lumpur, in June and recently celebrated Deepavali in the grandest way with his family and friends.
“My family and I are enjoying improved bliss, health, happiness and contentment after moving into this house,” said Kalaiselvam, the managing director of Queby Recovery Management Sdn Bhd.
“I attribute this to the subtle positive energy and alignment of the elements according to the ancient science of construction.”
He first bought a semi-detached house for RM1.2mil and demolished it to rebuild according to a design that strictly follows Vasthu values.
Using my Vasthu Sastra Guide book to assist him and attending my Vasthu talks to obtain greater insights, he painstakingly drew up the structure with his architect, weaving ancient values into modern architecture.
Kalaiselvam decided to adhere to Vasthu principles for his house after experiencing its benefits in his office, which he organised completely observing Vasthu recommendations two years ago.
He chose a south-facing house which is favourable for his moon sign of Vrishabha (Taurus) and constructed a regal property costing RM1.5mil.
He aligned the main gate, door and rear and hired craftsmen from India to make a custom-designed, decorative wooden door and frame to serve as a grand entranceway.
The luxurious and cheerful living atmosphere with Italian gold-trimmed sofa set ensures that visitors would be comfortable.
His wife Datin S. Thinarachagi cooks in the north-west quadrant facing north as suggested by Vasthu and the dining area, with its hotel-like ambiance, is located close to the kitchenette with a glass enclosure.
Kalaiselvam created a sacred space in the north-east for his prayer room with a separate passageway to enter the quadrant for his meditation and spiritual activities.
His home office in the north comes with wooden textures and colours to create visual interest, enhance concentration and provide grounding.
As recommended by Vasthu, his staircase has an odd number of steps and turns clockwise. A lift in the east provides a convenient way for the family members to go to the top floor.
The master bedroom occupies the entire south-west portion with an en-suite bathroom complete with a jacuzzi.
Maroon quartz tiles on the floor create the mood of romance and intimacy and a matching ornamental plaster ceiling encourages bonding in the space.
His daughters Nivvetha, nine, and Vaiessnevy, four, share a bedroom in the north-west while his sons Vasanth, eight, and Viishnu, four, use the bedroom in the north-east.
The first floor living area is completely turned into a study zone with an individual cubicle for each of his children.
“My kids’ grades have improved compared to (when we were staying in) my previous house in Taman Liang Seng which did not follow Vasthu rules. I can feel and see the difference in my children who are more obedient and happier,” Kalaiselvam said.
He added that the result of his Vasthu-compliant house is satisfying.
An attraction in his house is the RM80,000 home cinema which has a surround sound system, carpeting and eight plush seats, located on the top floor.
“We don’t go to the cinema anymore because we can watch all our favourite movies in our private space at our leisure,” he said.
He is now waiting for his gym set to arrive to occupy another room in the south-west quadrant.
Kalaiselvam has taken pains to ensure that the colours on his floor and walls come in shades of beige, pink and white; installed mood lighting creates the appropriate disposition.
Visitors will not find grey, blue and black, the colours disallowed in Vasthu, in the interior or exterior of his classic house.
He has named his property Hanuman Illam after his favourite deity Hanuman, and attributes his success to the divine.
“I believe when we align ourselves with the cosmic forces that govern our space, we will be in oneness with the harmonised space rather than work against these energies.
“The goodness I’m experiencing daily in my new surroundings is motivating me to embark on new ventures with confidence and handle challenges optimistically,” he said.
Kalaiselvam, who is convinced that Vasthu orientation works, registered a company called Queby Property Development last month, and is in the process of building a condominium project following Vasthu principles in the city.
“Since my family and I have benefitted tremendously from our Vasthu house, I want to create a similar space for all those who are seeking peace and happiness,” he said, confident that his move would contribute to harmonious living in the country.
T. Selva, senior consulting editor at The Star, is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. This column appears on the last Sunday of every month. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vasthu Sastra talk
T. Selva will present a talk on how to choose an auspicious property and energise a house using pyramids at The Star Property Fair at 1pm-2pm on Nov 23 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Admission is free. To register, call 012-329 9713.