Vastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and Building. It helps in setting the place in the most efficient way so
as to take benefits bestowed by nature, its elements and energy fields for enhanced wealth. Vaastu is the science of
directions that combines all the five elements of nature and balance them with the man and the material. Vaastu
Shastra is creating a congenial settings or a place to live or work, in most scientific way taking advantages of the
benefits bestowed by the five elements called “Paanchbhootas” of the nature thereby paving the way for enhanced
health, wealth, and happiness in an enlightened environment.
Here, in this blog we have some vastu tips for your pooja room which you can follow to get maximum benefits of the
nature and its energy fields.
The location and direction of pooja room is an important aspect while designing a pooja room. According to Vastu
shastra, the North-east direction is considered the most auspicious direction for having a pooja room or a prayer room
in the homes. But if in your house north-east direction is already occupied then West, East and North directions can
also be chossen for setting up a pooja room/pooja ghar. Also, while worshiping one must always face towards
north/east direction. Another opinion here is to face towards west while worshiping and the god’s idols towards east.
However, care should be taken that pooja room should not be near toilet area, storage room, bedroom or under the
staircase as it detracts the positive energy path. The pooja room should be always be on ground level and not on
higher floors or in basement.
You can have a pooja room designed in marble, plywood, corian, etc. However, according to vastu, pooja madir
designed in wood are considered to be ideal, pure and natural. Wooden pooja mandir made up of Sheesham wood are
considered to be best and auspicious for having mandir in homes. Also, mandir made up of white marble is also
suitable for the design. White marble gives unique look to the pooja mandir and is best option if you don’t have space
for a separate pooja room.
A pooja room door according to vastu should be of wood, and it should be of double shutter. However, doors can be of
glass also or the combination of both. A glass door gives a modern touch and allows the natural light to come in. It
should be noted that the doors should not open or close automatically.
The pyramid ceiling is considered to be auspicious for pooja room. The energy under the pyramid is extremely positive
and proven to be beneficial for meditation. A pooja room is usually in a small room, so having a lower ceiling will make
room look more proportional. False ceiling can be used to achieve so.
The color of walls in pooja room should be light so that it is pleasing and soothing for eyes. These colors brings peace and tranquility. Light colors like white, yellow, light blue, cream, light green. Such colors are advised because when light falls upon them, the lighting in the room will be enhanced and can make room look more lit and bright. For flooring,white or off white marble or granite should be ideally used.
Having a pooja space near a bathroom gives rise to negative energy. It can create disturbances while one is trying to
meditate in pooja room. Therefore, according to vastu pooja room should not be near bathrooms or toilet.
Ideally, as per the vastu shastra, pooja units should not be in bedroom. However, if you have problem of small space
availability then you can consider the following advice:
In many cases of small house, flats and apartments people prefer having pooja room in living room area, kitchen, dining
room, bedroom or a study room. Having a pooja room in any of the mentioned area is not a problem untill some do’s
and don’ts are applied. Pooja room in north-east corner of living room or a study room can be considered when space is
a concern. Alot a corner for pooja space in these rooms. if corner is not available then you can go for wall-mounted
pooja cabinets or pooja wall mandirs.
Having a pooja room in kitchen is not good according to vastu. One should avoid placing the pooja unit in kitchen
because various activities taking place inside kitchen makes the pooja space impure. But if space is a problem then
establishing the small pooja unit in kitchen can be considered. Also one should ensure that in kitchen, when you place
the pooja unit in the north east direction, there is nothing above it. Therefore, placing it on the kitchen counter under the
wall cabinets is not an option. Place all pooja idols and images on a shelf on the wall or inside a small mandir. Another
factor to consider is the position of the stove in relation to the pooja in the kitchen.
Vastu shastra tells that you should place the mandir either left or right of the stove. Avoid having the stove
opposite the pooja space, and never install the mandir above the stove or the kitchen sink as this brings bad luck. The
pooja mandir should be installed in north-east, east or west walls.
The level at which you place the idols is important. In a kitchen, you are unlikely to sit when you offer prayers, so
arrange the idols at a height above your stomach and not higher than the eye-level when you stand. This ensures that
you pray comfortably and can focus your attention on the idols.
South-west direction is the conjunction point or corner of West and South direction and ideally known as Nairuthi
corner or place of Demon. South-west being governed by demon is considered inauspicious direction for construction
particular sections as per Vastu. However, this direction needs to be balanced with heavy material or weight in order to
balance the energies and to yield good results. So, this direction is not considered good to have a pooja space as