Meaning of the Luminaries in Padas

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

Last weekend we saw that proper door placement and room placement is important in a home – especially a Vaastu home within which the energy is highly activated. In some cases, specific activities are connected with specific Padadevatas. As an example of the potency of the Padadevatas, I would like to offer information on one specific Padadevata.

One of the most important and influential Padadevatas is the one located in the pada where the cook stove goes in the kitchen. It is called Anta Riksha: Meaning: Antaricksha literally means middle region – between Dyava and Prithivi. Region of the trees or vanaspatis.

Location: 2nd pada from SE on East wall.
Affects: Affects in a positive way, the nervous system, helps stimulate righteousness and freedom from committing sin especially from atmospheric influences or influences from the environment.

The cook stove is placed in this pada in a house. The effect is to stimulate righteousness. That is, when food is cooked in this pada, it is imbued with righteousness. Then, the person who eats the food becomes more righteous. Furthermore, the cook herself or himself becomes more righteous due to the influence of this Padadevata. The cook must be righteous because the food they prepare takes on an influence by the cook. A righteous cook would never poison the family or use spoiled food in the meals. If the family has a cook, then the woman or mother of the family should go to the stove every morning and prepare tea. She should stand over the stove and absorb the qualities of the Padadevata for her health and the family. The Bhagavad-Gita speaks of the role of the woman in upholding Dharma in the family and society (chapter 1 vs. 40 & 41).

On destruction of families,
Their rites of dharma then die out,
From the destruction of dharma,
Adharma overwhelms them all. (40)

Overpowered by adharma
The family’s women then are Corrupted,
and from corruption
The confusion of castes arise. (41)

The influence of righteousness from this luminary helps maintain the Dharma of the mother and the entire family.

The Rig Veda itself indicates the importance of the Padadevatas or Riks in the hymn Richo akshare parame vyoman – the Riks abide in the immutable supreme Space (parame vyoman) where are seated all the Devas or luminaries. Rig Veda 1.164.39.


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

Author: Ganesh

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