How to identify directions
There are four main directions - East, West, North, South. They have been divided into 4 other directions viz.
East - East is the direction supposedly belonging to Lord Indra, the king of gods. Sun rises in the east. It is considered most auspicious & holy of all directions.
West - Westward beginnings bring failure in any undertaking. Lord Varuna lives in this direction.
North - The north is supposed to be the direction of Lord Kubera, the deity of prosperity. The owner of a house, which has the entrance facing north, certainly becomes prosperous. While retiring in the night, one must place one's feet towards the north & one's head in the direction of the south so that one gets to see the north immediately on waking up in the morning & is blessed by Lord Kubera.
South - Yama, the Lord of death, is presumed to be the lord of the south direction. Houses with entrance doors in the south bring ill-luck to the occupants.
North-East - North-east is supposed to be the direction of the Gods & deities. A pooja room or the place of worship in the house, should be kept in the north-eastern direction. If the entrance of a house is placed in this direction it heralds prosperity, peace & progress for the residents.
North-West - Lord Varuna is stated to be the Swami of this direction. Wind originates from this direction & flows towards the east, this direction is favoured by Lord Hanuman. For immediate & certain success, this direction is chosen as the point of beginning in any undertaking.
South-East - The God of fire ( Agni), is supposed to be the lord of this direction, placed between the east & the south. The kitchen of the house should be situated in this direction. For ensuring their durability, electronic gadgets & appliances should be kept in this direction.
South-West - The corner between the south and the west direction is known as south-west direction 'Nairuti'. Demons have the authority to this direction. Therefore, it is banned for all auspicious functions. This direction should be filled with heavy unmovable goods.