The pooja room is a sacred, spiritual place in your home where you seek positivity. It is very important for the pooja room to have an aura that is positive, calming and relaxing. It is highly recommended that the pooja room’s location be specific to the guidelines of vastu shastra to strengthen its aura. That is why, we are here with some effective vastu tips for your pooja room that will help you a long way.
Considering the direction of the pooja room in the house:
As per the guidelines of vastu, the location and the direction of the pooja room is the most critical aspect amongst all. The most optimal direction is north-east. North-east is the ruling position of the sun. If that seems unfeasible, then the second-best option is east, and lastly north. In case you have a multi storey home, then it also becomes crucial to understand which floor is best for your pooja room. As per vastu shastra, it is best to avoid the basement and the top floors and preferable to have the pooja room on the ground floor itself.
Mandir design to welcome divinity:
Our oldest temples in India had a very typical structure. The temples would be situated in small rooms with lower ceilings, although their exteriors would be magnanimous with domes in the shape of a pyramid or gopura. To create a similar aesthetic for your home temples, you can construct a pooja room in a similar fashion, with lower ceilings and a pyramid or gopura-shaped dome. Also consider having a two-door entry if the space permits. This will complete the look of a temple and will bring a sense of reverence for the pooja room.
Avoid using artificial materials:
For your home temples where your deities reside, you would want the best of everything. The pooja room must look authentic and sacred, to emit the most positive vibes for the whole house. Avoid using artificial materials and low-quality materials for your pooja room, especially the temple. A temple is a onetime investment, so choose the best there is for the temple. The most suited choice for a home temple would be marble. Marble being a natural stone and the color white represents cleanliness, freshness, simplicity and composure. Not to mention that it is also a sustainable choice. The color white also easily complements and blends well in the theme of the house.
Tiles which improve positive vibes:
The pooja room is a place where we all use the flooring widely to sit and pray. The flooring should be pleasant to sit on, simple and easy to clean and must appear beautiful. Choosing the right tile material, size, color, design, tecture, all of this becomes very important when creating or recreating the pooja room. Although the pooja room could be the most modest corner of your house, the options available for the best pooja room tiles are plenty.
- Tiles with motifs or mythological subjects: For those of you who like to add a little bit of character and interaction in your pooja room, you can consider tiles with motifs or mythological subjects. You can personalize your prints with tales from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other ancient texts, creating a storyline, depicting significant historic events on your pooja walls. This is also a very interesting choice if you have kids in the house, making it a great way for them to connect with the culture and its history.
- OM embedded tiles: The word OM holds the highest regard and is a sacred symbol in Hinduism. It is known to create the most reverberating, powerful and positive vibrations and people across the globe from all religious domains are chanting the word om to receive its benefits. We see the OM design embedded into tiles or even painted across walls in the temples. You can consider recreating the same look and install OM embedded tiles at home. The combination of OM and the temple in the pooja room is considered to be very powerful and it will emit a steady meditative flow in the pooja rooms.
- Swastika patterned tiles: Swastika is again a holy symbol that we believe brings good fortune and well-being. You can consider installing swastika patterned tiles, which will not only make the pooja room look majestic but will make it look interesting and unique.
Ideal idol placement:
Once the layout and the structure of the pooja rooms are complete and the placement of the home temple is decided as per vastu, the next step is to place the idols. Ideally, it is best to place the idols a few inches away from the wall and at least six inches away from the ground up. The idols should be kept away from the floor to ensure that there is continuous air flow around them. It also aids in enveloping the idols with the fragrance of the incense sticks.
Aura is everything:
The one factor that will determine the spiritual energy of the pooja room will be that of the aura. Choose lighting that is warm and welcoming in the pooja rooms. An illuminated pooja room is all you will need to up your spiritual quotient and feel one with yourself. Also keeping the pooja rooms clean, tidy and fragrant will add to the positivity. Add scented candles, aroma diffusers and incense sticks in earthy fragrances that will bring about harmony and a sense of calmness in the pooka rooms and make them delightful.
You don’t necessarily have to spend huge sums trying to make the pooja rooms perfect and impeccable. These efficient tips will not only save you some money but will also help you make pooja spaces that are best for your homes.
Author Bio: Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.