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Pooja rooms are an integral part of most Indian households. If your house is not large enough to have a separate pooja room, you can also create a specific corner in your home, to place a beautiful mandir as per your choice. Given below are some popular pooja room design layouts and other options that you can choose from.
Marble mandir design
If you have a big home, where you can make space for a separate pooja room, there could be no better option than marble ones. Although it will involve considerable maintenance and expense, it is long lasting and you do not have to worry about termites.
Wooden mandir design
Wooden mandirs go well with all types of interior finish and décor themes. Such pooja rooms add grandness to space. However, wooden décor needs proper care and maintenance. You have to be cautious when lighting candles and diyas in the room.
Small mandir designs
Small mandirs are ideal for apartments and small homes, which do not have space for a separate pooja room. These mandirs are readily available in the market or can be made to order.
For really small apartments or studio apartments, wall-mounted mandirs are the best options. You can save a lot of floor space with this and you can install it in any corner in a minimal space.
How to decorate your pooja room?
- Use bright-coloured paints: Use bright colours for the pooja room, such as white, light yellow or orange. You can also pick pastel shades of these colours, as it will make the space look open, airy and peaceful.
- Choose an attractive door design: Ensure that the pooja room’s door is distinguishable from other rooms. You can pick a sturdy wooden door with carvings, or a transparent glass door.
- Make the entrance welcoming: You can make the pooja room entrance more decorative by drawing a rangoli or using a rangoli sticker. You can also keep a tall vase on each side of the door and put a toran over the door frame. Always prefer marigold flowers, as they are considered auspicious.
- Keep colourful cushions and stools for sitting: Add some low, wooden stools or comfortable cushions of different shapes, for sitting. You can pick beautiful colours and mirror-designed cushion covers for decorating your room.
- Add different kinds of lights to keep the space illuminated: Since it is advisable to keep the pooja room always illuminated, you can use different kinds of décor lights for this purpose. You can install a chandelier or other overhead lighting. You can also use beautiful string lights, to decorate the room. Place brass lamps, which can also be used as diyas, on either side of the mandap.
- Place flowers and plants: Fresh flowers and natural green plants are the best items to keep in a pooja room as they add to the auspiciousness of the space. However, if you are keeping a natural plant, make sure that it gets enough sunlight.
- Use lace or drapes to highlight walls and windows: If there is a window in the room, try putting colourful, lacy drapes to make the room look peaceful and calm. You can also put beautiful drapes on the mandap if there are no doors. Usually, people draw a curtain across the pooja area during the night or during an eclipse.
How to choose a perfect mandir for your home?
Before deciding a perfect pooja room design or mandir for your home, consider following points:
- Space available for design implementation: If not a separate pooja room, try to place your mandir in a secluded place, which has a little privacy and you can concentrate easily.
- Budget: Always keep a separate budget for the pooja room/mandir, so that you do not spend on things that you never factored in.
- Size of your home/apartment: Choose a mandir which can completely fit in your home. A mandir that is too big or too small, as compared to your total space, will not match the design aesthetics.
- Colour scheme of your home: Consider the colour theme of your home before deciding on the type of mandir you want to buy.
How can I decorate my pooja room?
Use plants, lights, flowers and beautiful drapes, to decorate your pooja room.
How can I keep my pooja room clean?
Always keep your pooja room decluttered. Remove dry leaves, flowers and used matchsticks from the room, on a daily basis. Use cotton balls dipped in olive oil, to clean wooden mandirs.
Can the pooja mandir face south?
The pooja mandir should face either east or north.
Where should pooja room be placed in the house?
According to Vastu Shastra, the north-east direction is the most auspicious location for the prayer area.