Vastu For Pooja Room | An Architect Explains

The Puja Room is the room where the family’s deities, idols, religious texts are kept and used exclusively for prayer, worship and meditation. It is a sacred room and the space from which all positive energy radiates to other rooms. That is the reason why, according to Vastu Shastra, it is preferable to have it in the centre of the house. However this is not always possible and so it can be located in certain auspicious directions as explained in this post.

The Puja Room is the room where the family’s deities, idols are kept.

The important thing to consider regarding a Pooja/prayer room, is that it must be protected from “negative energy”. Once you have made a pooja or prayer room in your home, the room automatically starts to radiate positive energy. However, if the pooja room is left unprotected, the positive energy starts to weaken due to influence of negative energies that may be present in your home. Hence, you must make some tweaks so that it emanates positive energy in and around your home.

So, what can be done to make this possible? According to Vastu Shastra, the right placement of the pooja room, the arrangement in the room, lighting and the colours, can ensure that this room is protected from negative energy and  radiates positive energy. So to know more about making your Pooja room a vastu compliant space, read on….. 

simple pooja mandir

Listed here, are some of the Vastu Guidelines for a Pooja room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning.  As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or don’t instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:

  • What Is The Best Location For A Pooja Room?
  • What Are The Vastu Guidelines For The Interiors of A Pooja Room?
  • Where Should The Pooja Idols Be Placed In A Pooja Room?
  • What are the Vastu guidelines for the pooja things in the Pooja Room?
  • What Are The Ideal Colours For A Pooja Room?
  • What Should Be Avoided In A pooja Room?

  • First choice for Pooja Room loaction: North-East Direction or the Centre of the house.
  • Second choice for Pooja Room location: East or West Directions of the house.
  • If none of these corners are available, the pooja mandir can be located in the NE corner of any room except bedrooms, toilets and store rooms.

In earlier times, a well designed, large space was exclusively reserved for prayer but today with reduced space availability, the Puja Room has become a tiny space, sometimes just a small mandir placed in the Kitchen. Whatever the size, the location of the Pooja room is the most important consideration. Refer to the image below to get an idea of the best positions.


In a big site, the Puja room can be in the Centre of the House: The Scientific Reason- The central part of a large house should be kept open to allow proper flow of air and cross ventilation. It makes sense to have a Puja room right in the middle of this court as it can be seen from all rooms and the space is utilized.

In normal sized homes, the Puja room should be in the North-East. East or West are the second best locations: The Scientific ReasonEarly at dawn, the Sun is in the North-Eastern part of the house. These hours are ideal for Yoga, meditation, prayer or study as it is very quiet and peaceful. Also, the early morning Sun’s rays have a very beneficial effect on our  health. Therefore, the North-East corner is the best position for the Puja Room/prayer room or meditation room.

If there is no space for a Puja room, the Mandir can be placed in the North-East corner of the Kitchen or any room except bedroom, store room and toilets: The Scientific Reason – In apartments it may not be possible to have a separate Puja room, but since one starts the day by entering the Kitchen, having a Puja here helps one to spend a few quiet moments in meditation.

The Puja Room should be in the Ground Floor and not in the Basement: The Scientific Reason – A basement is a dark and dingy place and one cannot benefit from the morning sunlight here.

The Puja Room should not be on the upper floors: The Scientific Reason – The Puja room is meant for worship or meditation and this activity is recommended for everyone, everyday, especially in the mornings when our minds are fresh and not yet corrupted by many thoughts. If the Puja room is located on an upper floor, then it can put off physically inactive people like the obese, or the elderly or the ailing, from making the trip to the Puja everyday. The climb up the steps can put them off and since it is out of sight from the commonly used rooms on the ground, one may even forget to spend a few minutes everyday, in thought about God or life!

Pooja mandir
If it’s not possible to have a pooja room, a pooja mandir can be used instead

The Puja room should have a lower ceiling: One can use false ceiling for the same. The Scientific Reason – A Puja room is generally a small room and so having a low ceiling will make it appear more proportional.

The Puja room can have a pyramid shaped ceiling: The Scientific Reason It is known scientifically that the energy under a pyramid is extremely positive and can help in meditation.

The Pooja Room should be well ventilated and well lit and can have doors and windows in North or East walls. If windows are not possible, then bright artificial light should be provided. The Scientific ReasonThey admit the morning sunlight into the prayer room.

Keep the Puja room clean always: The Logic By cleaning the Puja room everyday, it ensures that one spends a few moments in prayer. Also it is a way of showing respect to God.

Door to the Puja room should have two shutters: The Logic – When doing puja or meditating, the door is kept open outwards and can come in the way if it is one shutter.

There should be a threshold at the entrance to the Puja room.The Scientific Reason – A threshold prevents ants and insects from entering and this is useful in a Puja room, as foodstuff may be offered in prayer.

For lengthy meditation, sit facing East and avoid facing the idols: If meditation is going to last for more than 15 minutes one should not sit exactly facing the idols. The Logic When meditating it is best to face East as the morning sun rays are beneficial to one’s health. If one keeps looking at the idols, it can be distracting. Moreover the energy that radiates from them can be very strong.

Pooja room door
The pooja room door should have two shutters

Idols can be in the North-East, East or West walls of the Puja room. Avoid placing them on the South wall: The Scientific Reason The morning sunlight streaming in from the North-East, East and the evening light from the West will light up the idols enabling  you to see them better.

Idols should be kept at least an inch away from the wall and make sure they are not broken, cracked or disfigured: The Scientific Reason Keeping the idols away from the walls, ensures that there is proper movement of air and incense smoke through the room.

The idols should be placed at a  height, such that they are above your navel when you are praying depending on whether you prefer to stand or sit while praying. The Scientific Reason -You will be able to concentrate on the idols best, when they are at this height (neither too low down nor too high up).

The idols must be in perfect condition. They should not be broken, cracked or disfigured: The Scientific Reason – While praying to a disfigured idol, you may feel that there is no well-being because you are not  able to replace it with a perfect one. It affects your mind.

The idols must not be too big in size- they should not be more than the span of your hand from tip of your thumb to the tip of your little finger: The Scientific Reason – It is difficult to concentrate on a big idol as as you get distracted by the different parts. In case of a small idol, you can take it in wholly.

There should not be too many idols. Give away duplicates of deities and keep the Puja room uncluttered: The Logic An uncluttered space does not harbour positive energy. Also, when there are too many idols, you can get distracted while praying.

The idols can be made of stone, wood, silver, gold. Alternatively they can also be of brass, bronze or clay depending on your preference. 


The puja things should be stored in the South-East of the Puja room: The Scientific ReasonAll the puja stuff should be kept away from the North-East and East, so that there is no obstruction to the morning sunlight.

A cupboard lower than the idols can be placed against the South or West wall: The Scientific Reason – This way, it will not be an obstruction to the useful morning sunlight.

Incense sticks, oil for lamp, kumkum can be stored below the pooja ghar: The Scientific Reason –  It is practical to keep the regularly used items just below the pooja ghar.

You can place an Agnikund in the prayer room in South-East corner and face East while making offerings to the fire. The Scientific Reason – SE is traditionally considered the position for fire in Vastu Shastra.
The lamp should always be in front of the idol:The Scientific Reason – The idea of having a lamp is to light it and if it is placed  in front of the idols, one can see them better.

Food offerings should be placed in front of the idols: The Logic Whatever is offered to god should be always placed in front of the idol as a mark of respect. Moreover, it is less cumbersome to remove and replace if it is right in front.


Colours in the Puja room: Can be white, light yellow or light blue. The Scientific Reason – Light colours  reflect light thus enhancing the bright and well-lit look of a space. 

Similarly, if you are using marble or granite for the flooring or counter or shelves, make sure you use only white colour. The Scientific Reason – White marble/granite reflect and shine more than other colours.

yellow and blue pooja room
Colours in the Pooja room should ideally be light yellows and blues

Avoid having a pooja room under a staircase or in a store room: The Scientific Reason: As one climbs up or down the stairs you may feel you are trampling on the gods.

Avoid Puja mandirs in the Bedrooms. And avoid sleeping in a pooja room: The Scientific Reason – Many people may feel uncomfortable to lie around with their feet pointing towards the religious idols, as they believe it is disrespectful to god. But if there is no other choice, you could consider having a pooja mandir in the NE corner of the bedroom.

Avoid a Toilet near or above the Puja Room: The Scientific Reason – A Toilet causes disturbance when people use it and also the smell can distract while one is meditating.

Avoid placing idols on the South wall of the pooja room: Because then the worshiper has to face South which is not advisable. The Scientific Reason – When a worshiper sits facing South, his feet are towards the south and his head is in the North. This causes the magnetic North of the body, namely the Head to repel the Earth’s magnetic North Pole.

Avoid keeping broken idols or torn pictures or old idols brought from temples: The Scientific Reason Praying to a broken idol or torn image of a deity can be distracting.

Avoid idols facing each other: The Logic – The purpose of having idols in a Puja room is for one to be able to see them and meditate on them.

Avoid a bell in the Puja room: The Logic – A Puja room at home is not made to replicate a temple. It is more of a meditation room and loud sounds should be avoided.

Avoid pictures of animals or photographs of dead people in the Puja room: The Logic – While many people believe in showing respect to the dead, it is better  not to have their photos in the Puja room as they may be distracting or bring back painful memories.

Avoid pictures of wars, crimes, turbulence or any negative emotion in the Pooja room: The Reason – It is believed that these pictures unconsciously disturb are minds in a negative way.

Avoid storing or hiding money or valuables in the Puja room: The Scientific Reason – Many people may feel they are being disrespectful to God by hiding things and hiding stuff here.

Do not keep a dustbin in a pooja room: The Scientific Reason: It brings in negative energy

Pooja mandir
Do not keep broken or chipped idols in the pooja mandir

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Puja Room. The Puja room is usually adjacent to a Living Room or a pooja mandir is placed in a Kitchen.

If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment Vastu compliant, then go to:

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487 thoughts on “Vastu For Pooja Room | An Architect Explains

  • September 18, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Hai sir,
    In my home pooja room is came between two bed room. Pooja room is placed middle of house in same time one bedroom, bathroom wall is shared with pooja room. It’s use if only bathroom not for toilet.
    Hi Kathir,
    It is okay.

  • September 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi sir,
    You have shared good information. I have a question, many people says Pooja room diya and kitchen gas flames should not face each other.
    Is it OK to have both facing each other’s.
    Hi Satish,
    I do not know about this superstition. According to me there is no harm.

  • September 25, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Hi Sir,
    Is possible to put pictures of enlightened masters in a puja room?
    second question, the window of pooja room is west and not east, it is that ok?
    Thanks for your valuable information Sir
    Hi Karla,
    Window position is okay. You can pictures of whomever you feel will inspire you in the pooja room.

  • September 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I have put up God idol on the wall facing west
    The doubt is the wall on which I have put up the idol is shared with toilet behind. Should I replace it.
    Hi Ruchira,
    If there is another position, place the idol there.

  • September 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Hi sir,
    Is it OK if we construct pooja room door facing south and idols facing west
    Hi Sharmila,
    Yes it is okay.

  • October 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hello Sir

    we have a big open courtyard between the front of the house (which is like a foyer/reception) and the main house. is it appropriate to build a small mandir in this courtyard, in the Northeast corner (or any of the corners?
    Hi Savitha,
    Yes you can do that, provided that the mandir is not in the way of your entrance.

  • October 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Can i place a mandir at north wall so that god faces south and devotee facing north. Is it advisable? I have a window in the Northeast corner where i can’t hang temple
    Hi Sanjeev,
    Yes you can do that. But there are some restrictions in some communities. Some gods should not face South. So check with your family priest.

  • October 3, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Hi Sir, i have bought a duplex house, bathroom is in first floor exactly above the kitchen, can i place pooja romm in kitchen?? If yes please suggest the direction, or if not can i place pooja room in Dining hall in ground floor. Above dining hall is master bedroom. Please suggest
    Hi Nagesh,
    Better to place the pooja mandir in the dining room.

  • October 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I have ordered for a wooden Pooja Cabinet of size, 6ft x 3ft (Length x Breath) with depth of 20 inches.
    My friends say 6ft x 3ft means funeral, I am in a dilemma to go ahead or not.
    I request your advise.
    Hi Dharmendra,
    Honestly I do not know of this. So consult a knowledgeable poojari on the matter.

  • October 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    que bueno encontrar arte tan espectacular y al mismo tiempo conocer de otras culturas. Translated from spanish:
    What good to find so spectacular an art and at the same time to know about other cultures.
    Hi Randall,
    Im glad you found Vastu Shastra so fascinating. It is not religious, but a building science which is relevant even today and quite similar to architecture that we study in colleges.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Hello sir,
    I have a 2 BHK flat.And my balcony is at NE.I want to make Pooja place there . So my question is that “is it ok to make Pooja place in balcony”.
    Hi Nidhi,
    You can have a pooja in the balcony. But make sure that place is kept clean, and protected from rain. Also a diya may get extinguished in the presence of wind.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:34 am

    we have west facing plot and constructed house long ago by leaving east side empty space more than west side empty space.. Now we want to construct first floor. Is it necessary to maintain the same rule for 1st floor also ( east side empty space more than west side empty space)..please suggest me…
    Hi MAnoj,
    Since yours is a west facing site, you can project the first floor towards the back, ie, the east.

  • October 10, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Hi sir, I’m in 1bhk and only available pooja place is in the bedroom which is also NE corner of My flat, I have placed a 2 feet table for idol placement and divided the pooja area and bed with a curtain. Is it okay to do so? Place advice.
    Thank you 🙏
    Hi A Kumar,
    Yeah this is a good way of making the best of your space.

  • October 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Hello sir, we have a North East main door house, but there’s a wall infront of main door. pooja room at the center of house, idols facing west.
    Bathroom toilet at South, I.e in between kitchen(SE corner) and bed room(SW corner). There’s coconut tree at North side, outside the house.
    2nd bed room at the NW corner. Is this vastu is fine.
    Thank you sir
    Hi Usha,
    All the points you mentioned, are in sync with vastu.

  • October 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hi there, my house is north facing and I want to keep temple in middle of the house nearly west corner of the house..can I keep it south facing or should I keep it east facing. Your quick response will highly appreciated.
    Hi Sami,
    East facing will be better.

  • October 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Hello sir,
    I have placed the mandir in NE corner of one bedroom which is also study room for my son, he will not sleep there. I need to keep a bed in that room for guest. Is it ok? Please suggest
    Hi Lata,
    It is okay since it is used by the guest once in a while.

  • October 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hi sir, my house is west facing and builder gave pooja space in north east corner of kitchen or to east wall facing west, kitchen is in SE. I need to put a partition btwn kitchen and hall(open kitchen) can I put Mandir in hall putting partition between Mandir and kitchen. My worry is in hall it will be like South it ok..and can I put dining table in front of Mandir with some spacing.
    Hi Spandana,
    Place the pooja room in a place where it is convenient for you to do pooja. It should not be cramped and there should be space to move around it. Only make sure you are not facing south while praying.

  • October 22, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Sir,
    We have constructed puja room in wooden. Can we keep Shanku, Chakra and Nama above the puja Room. Is it good or bad. please let us know.
    Hi Arjun,
    Consult your pujari/astrologer.

  • October 23, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Earlier there were 4 pillars in my temple.Due to some reason we removed the front 2 pillars.
    From that day I feel we are facing many problems.pls suggest.
    Hi Amrita,
    It feels unstable with only 2 pillars. So replace the pillars that were removed and make sure all the pillars look similar.

  • October 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hello sir.. I want to place mandir in our guest room adjacent to toilet. Is that ok.
    Hi Akansha,
    It is okay as long as the mandir is not on the toilet wall.

  • November 5, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I am planning to build a duplex house.
    Can I place the pooja room at the ground floor near kitchen.
    Hi Lakshman,
    Yes you can do that.

  • November 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Hi Sir,
    We have bought a east facing plot. Hall is in north east corner. Toilet to northwest corner. Kitchen to southeast corner. Bedroom in southwest corner. Pooja is on west wall where god is facing towards east (next to bed room). Steps to first floor is on west wall(next to pooja) . Is everything ok??please let me know. As you suggested 2nd best for pooja is east or west is this all ok according to vastu. Please let me know.
    Waiting for your response.
    Thanking you.
    Hi Sandhya,
    All seems to be okay according to vastu.

  • November 6, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Hello sir, ours is east facing house. Our Pooja room is in between Kitchen and dining which is mostly in middle of the house. Pooja room door is in north. so we want to place idols in south (facing north).
    and want to place 1 feet cupboard below the idols.
    Is that OK. Please suggest
    Thank you
    Hi Ramya,
    Do not place idols such that you will be facing South while praying.

  • November 8, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Hi sir,
    In my home, a bath room is placed just above the pooja room. And also in addition to the main ceiling a false ceiling is also constructed in the pooja room. Is it ok sir ? Please place an advice sir..
    Hi Shiny,
    It is not ideal because if there is a leak in the toilet above, it can affect the pooja room.

  • November 9, 2017 at 6:42 am

    My query is, how the doors should open in a pooja room? Is it inwards (i.e. towards the idols) or outwards?
    Hi Jairaj,
    Ideally inwards just like in temples. But if the space in the pooja room is constrained, then have them open outwards.

  • November 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Can we place the pooja on a West wall with God facing East which divides the SE kitchen and SW living .This is the breakfast area which is the south portion. Or can a pooja be in SE bedroom over the kitchen.
    Hi Deepthi,
    The first option is better.

  • November 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Hi Sir,

    I am planning for a house construction in bangalore. I want to place the Pooja Mantap/Shelf south Wall. Idol would be facing east. Is this okay?
    Hi MG,
    yes this is okay.

  • November 27, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Hi Sir, can the lamp of pooja room always been lightened without letting it off, i.e, continuously 24×7 days.
    Hi Thejeshanera,
    It can be. But it should not upset you if the light dies out accidentally some day.

  • November 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Can I put mandir on kitchen katta.
    Hi Pooja,
    Yes you can.

  • November 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Hello sir
    The floor of puja room should become low or high than other rooms and the water drainage should remain in which side ? Please clarify. With regards thank you.
    Hi Rabindranath,
    The pooja room floor should be at the same level as the rest of the house.

  • December 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Sir,
    Thanks for the reply… As i told you pooja is in the west wall… We are placing a step so that pooja room floor is little higher than other room floor. Is it ok??
    Please reply.
    Thanking you.
    Hi Sandhya,
    Yes it is okay to have the pooja room floor a little higher.

  • December 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Hi sir,
    i have purchased a flat which is west facing.
    i want to convert the balcony which is on the east side of the living room to pooja room and keep the idols facing west side.
    Since the living room source of light is only the balcony , can i construct windows on the top line of the pooja room on the east side wall,( i.e, wall on the rear -behind the idols) so that the living room gets lighting.
    Hi Prasad,
    Yes you can do have high windows on the East wall. But make sure they are kept clean all the time -since they will be at a higher level, they tend to get neglected.

  • December 8, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Hi Sir,
    I would like to move my pooja cabinet from bedroom to staircase wall (facing staircase) as I got big space on staircase. Is it ok?
    Hi Indra,
    As long as you are not placing it under the staircase, it is okay.

  • December 8, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I just wanted to thank you for helping me learn more about pooja rooms. It’s interesting to learn that the Mandir could be placed in a north-east corner of a room if there isn’t a space for a Puja room. I’m a bit interested to learn more about some of the different locations that these have been placed depending on the layout of a home.

  • January 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    My main door is at north east corner of the house and it open to the living cum dinning area. There is a 2.5 ft between the main door and north wall, may I make that my puja place of size 2.5 ft x 4ft? Or the other option is to move it to middle of the living room beside the TV unit, please advise.
    Hi Kalyan,
    If htere is space near the main door, ou can have it there. But the main door should not open against the pooja ghar. Also you should not be standing in the way of the entrance way while doing pooja.

  • January 6, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I have converted my study room which is north west corner of the apartment, to pooja room and placed the mantap on the west wall (the manta does not touch the north wall) so that God is facing east and we face west while praying. My issue is the north wall is common with neighbors toilet, please let me know if there is any negative effect because of this and what should I do (the wall is left blank as of now)
    Please do advise soon.
    Thanks and with kind regards,
    Hi Shanker,
    Since your pooja mantap is not touching the North wall that is common with the neighbours toilet, it is okay. There is nothing to be done.

  • January 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Hello sir,
    our main door of our flat is on the NE corner and there’s a puja cupboard about 16’ away from the entry facing the main entry door directly (6’ foyer and 10’ dining). Please clarify is it is ok, or should we put a Patition between the dining and foyer so that the puja will be blocked. We don’t have statues only pictures of the God in the puja room. Thank you.
    Hi Saranya,
    It is okay and you do not need a partition.

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