The concept of Vastu has largely divided people in two broad categories- the believers, who follow its rules and principles and non-believers, who consider it as a form of superstition. Among the believers also you will find two kinds of people. Ones are those who seek scientific explanation and reasoning behind every Vastu principle while a vast majority follows them just because of the blind faith. Owing to this blind faith there are some misguided ideas and misconceptions. Here are few of those.
An East entrance for the House
A common Vastu misconception dictates that the entrance of your house shall always be in the east direction or else you will lack in peace and prosperity. But this actually has nothing to do with peace or prosperity and an east entrance is recommended simply due to the fact that sun rises from the east and just so the person can enjoy the early morning healing sun-rays entering his house which are beneficial for the health. However a person with an east facing entrance will also not benefit from it if he keeps his doors closed while a person with an entrance in some other direction but a large window towards east can enjoy the sunshine each morning.
Kitchen in the leeward direction
Since a long time, people are being advised on having their kitchens built in a particular direction in order to keep the Vastu of their house correct. In earlier days it made perfect sense as the leeward direction would take away all the kitchen smoke and keep the space airy and ventilated. But talking about modern homes, almost all of them come with chimneys that keep the kitchen smoke free. So now direction of the kitchen area has become quite irrelevant.
Placement of Plants and Trees
Vastu also suggests upon placing shady trees in the west direction while no tall or thick leave trees shall be planted in east or north direction. A very simple explanation for it is also based on the direction of sunlight. The shady trees in west are meant to block strong sunlight while trees in east and north are avoided so that they do not block the morning sun-rays from entering the house.