Pooja room in your home is considered as a holy place wherein one can meditate, pray and perform rituals on daily basis. There are different mandir designs and with the type of space and décor, a mandir design varies in each home. It can be a full designated room for the prayers or just a shelf beautifully adorned with idols and other spiritual elements. Following are the four things that one needs to consider and have for a beautiful home temple.
If you can designate an entire room for rituals and prayers, then go for a space which is located on your ground floor and not something on upper floors or the basement. In the earlier days, homes were designed in a way that each one had a separate room for religious activities. You must have seen homes with a mandir near the living room or kitchen but never opposite or adjacent a bathroom or washroom. If you are a believer of Vastu, then consider having your mandir in the northeast corner or centre of the house. This basically means that the room should face the north or the east direction. Also, make sure that the room is designed with two doors and not one.
A room for Pooja must be kept clean and shining always with the least number of furnishings. You can use a simple low table or a beautiful bench and even a shelf to place the idols of different Gods. The room can be designed with storage cabinets to keep different things for rituals. This storage space can be in the form of cabinets or shelves or tables depending upon the type of space you have. Include other comfort things like rugs, cushions and more which can be used for praying. Always use materials which are natural like wood and marble for constructing different furniture items for the room. Keep the colour of the walls white or lighter shade of blue and generously lit up with ceiling lights and lampshades.
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Not every home is blessed with enough space to create a home temple. But that should not disappoint you. Instead of a room, one can use a shelf which would be similarly useful. This shelf should be neat and clean and should be used only for spiritual purposes. A shelf which is used instead of a room can be placed anywhere like living room, dining room or the lounge area. Just make sure it is not near the bathroom.
Whether it is a complete Pooja room or just a shelf, it is very important that it is taken proper care of. The idols of Gids should not be placed facing each other and they should also never be broken or chipped. Make sure no items like flowers or vases obstruct the face of the idols.