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India’s Richest Man Won’t Move into Billion-Dollar Home for Fear of Curse

The 27-storey, billion-dollar tower home in Mumbai, called Antilia, was completed a year ago but India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and his family refuse to move in for fear of bad-luck curse.

Dubbed the most expensive home in the world, Antilia has been dominating the Mumbai skyline ever since it was completed last October, but Mukesh Ambani, who is ranked by Forbes as the ninth wealthiest person in the world with a fortune of $27billion, has been reluctant to move in. There’s been a lot of speculation around the subject, considering the chairman of Reliance Industries spent around $1 billion building the impressive tower home for him and his family, but according to reports cited by the Daily Mail, the reason is the building fails to conform with the ancient Indian architectural principles of vastu shastra.

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Antilia, which has three helipads, six floors of parking, a series of floating gardens, a grand ballroom and state-of-the-art theater, certainly sounds comfortable and luxurious enough, but that means so little when compared to the bad-luck curse Ambani’s family fears will befall them if they move in. Vastu is a philosophy that guides how Hindu temples are built, emphasizing the importance of facing the rising sun, and it seems Antilia’s eastern side doesn’t have enough windows to allow its residents to receive sufficient morning light…The Ambanis have hosted parties in their new home, staged plays in the theater, but have never once spent the night, preferring to return to the much more modest apartment on the south side of Mumbai.

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