Vastu Guidelines For Pooja Room | An Architect Explains

Vastu Guidelines For Pooja Room | An Architect Explains

The Puja Room is the room where the family’s deities, idols are kept and used exclusively for prayer, worship and meditation. In earlier times, a well designed, large space was exclusively reserved for this purpose and was usually accessed from the Living Room. However, today with reduced space availability, the Puja Room has become a tiny space, sometimes just a small mandir placed in the Kitchen.

POOJA COLLAGE

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

Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Puja room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on sound logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted toexplain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.


WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?

The Puja room should be in the North-East, East or North: The Scientific Reason – Early 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.

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.

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 sun rays 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!

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A puja mandir can be used in case there is no separate puja room

If there is no space for a Puja room, the Mandir can be placed in the North-East corner of the Kitchen: 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.

Avoid Puja mandirs in the Bedrooms: 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.

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.

pooja-idol

Avoid keeping torn pictures of gods

WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR THE IDOLS IN A PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?

Idols can be in the North-East, East or West of the Puja: 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.

Avoid idols facing North: 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 broken idols or torn pictures: 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.

Idols should be kept at least an inch away from the wall:The Scientific Reason -Keeping the idols away from the walls, ensures that there is proper movement of air and incense smoke through the room.

pooja-lamp

The lamp should always be in front of the idol

WHERE SHOULD THE PUJA THINGS BE PLACED IN THE PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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 keeping things and hiding stuff here.

pooja-door

The door to the Puja room should have two shutters

WHAT ART THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERIORS OF A PUJA ROOM?

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 be a pyramid shaped space: The Scientific Reason – It is known scientifically that sitting in a pyramid especially while meditating can create positive effects on the health of the person.

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’s 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.

WHAT COLOURS DOES VASTU RECOMMEND FOR A PUJA ROOM?

Colours in the Puja room: Can be white, light yellow or light blue. White or light yellow marblework in the room is preferred. The Scientific Reason – White marble shines and reflects light, thus enhancing the bright and well-lit look of a space. The same is true in case of light colours.

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 in a Kitchen.  Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:

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332 Responses to “Vastu Guidelines For Pooja Room | An Architect Explains”

  1. Aravind says:

    Hi,

    I am planning for pooja room in the living area NE corner idols facing towards east, the back wall shared with toilet wall, is it of, else could you suggest a suitable place in the living room for the pooja unit.
    Hi Aravind,
    If you are uncomfortable about the toilet wall, you will have to locate some other position based on the arrangement in your living room. But if you cannot find some other space, then create a backing for the pooja ghar and keep a gap of 1-2″ from the toilet wall.
    Admin

  2. Mayank says:

    Sir, we have placed our home mandir in SE direction but its in the child room. So while sleeping her legs will be towards the diety..Is this fine?
    Hi Mayank,
    It becomes a problem only if you feel conscious about it. Obviously your daughter will not be conscious, but u=you will be. So then avoid it. Place it elsewhere.
    Admin

  3. Nitish says:

    Hi,
    My flat entrance is in east direction, facing entrance west side of my flat living area have Pooja Ghar means the idols facing towards east at the main door..
    Is this is the right place for Pooja Ghat??
    Hi Nitish,
    If it is a convenient position for you to perform pooja, then keep it there.
    Admin

  4. Swathi says:

    Hi,
    Can we have two different doors in Pooja room. We need to have 12 doors and since Pooja room has west and North can we have two different doors? One towards north and one towards west?
    Hi Swathi,
    It is not required unless the second door has some practical function.
    Admin

  5. cj says:

    Hi,

    the north east portion of my flat has a gallery with bedroom door and toilet door on opposite sides. Is it okay to keep mandir between the two?
    If not, is it ok to keep mandir in my daughters room who is 5 years old?
    Hi CJ,
    Place the mandir in the NE if it does not come in the way of the circulation in the room. Otherwise place it in your daughter’s bedroom
    Admin

  6. sheetal says:

    can i keep my pooja mandir in south-east corner?idols will be facing west..currently it is in west direction . is it ok to have a shelf above the mandir
    Hi Sheetal,
    You can place it in this position. But what are you planning to put on the shelf above the mandir. If it is godly pictures. it is okay.
    Admin

  7. jignasa says:

    Hi Admin,
    Can i put the wooden temple in the south west corner of the kitchen where the god’s idol facing east and when we pray we face west. is this situation ok.

    Hi Jignasa,
    Yes you can do that.
    Admin

  8. Savitha says:

    Respected Sir,

    Our house is east facing (main door). We have our living room in the North- East. Kitchen in S-E, Master bed room in S-W, Kids room in N-W and toilet is between master bed room and kids room in the west wall. In the center of the house is the dinning space. Our pooja room in the dinning hall is facing to the south so that the photos and idols of gods face south and when we worship we face North. Is this OK ?? or should I change the position of photos and idols ????
    HI Savitha,
    It is all okay.
    Admin

  9. GOVINDA RAJ says:

    Sir,
    I am constructing a 2BHK small 4 houses with enterence facing NEand in Kitchen NW corner tiny Pooja Room facing East is constructed which is almost mid of every house (Bhramastana).
    My query is can Pooja room be in within Kitchen / adjacent to kitchen. POOJA has big Ganesha Tile 2 x6 feet facing east on west wall. Sun Ray’s fall on all idols through kitchen window every morning. We are orthodox who perform everyday Pooja before breakfast
    Kindly advice in detail any correction to be made
    Hi Govinda Raj,
    Yes you can have the pooja space in the kitchen or adjacent to it. There is nothing better than early morning sunlight falling into your house onto the idols.
    Admin

  10. Tanu says:

    We have north facing house n we have good place at southeast corner for Pooja ghar .
    We are confused about southeast corner .pls guide
    Hi Tanu,
    If SE is the only place available for the pooja ghar, go ahead and have it htere.
    Admin

  11. sheeba says:

    Hi,
    V recently purchased a bell ( the kind used in temples). My puja room is in the north east direction. Where can I place this bell?
    Hi Sheeba,
    The logical position would be to hang it at the entrance to the pooja room just like in temples.
    Admin

  12. Anand says:

    Hi Sir,
    I’ve a temple which is placed in the south-west corner of a west facing flat, in the extreme corner of the drawing room. The pooja room is wall mounted and cannot be shifted anywhere.
    The deity faces towards the north and the worshippers faces towards the south which isn’t vastu compliant. Let me know if any workaround is available.. i am quite tensed now.
    Need your assistance on this.
    Hi Anand,
    If you could place the deities on the west side, it would be preferable, but if that is not possible, then spend as litlle time as possible in prayer.
    Admin

  13. Jyothi says:

    Very informative website. Have a question:
    Our pooja area is currently under a flight of steps (the second part of the steps – so there is a gap of over 6 feet). Can we build a roof over the pooja space to mitigate any ill effects?
    Thank you.
    Hi Jyothi,
    If there is no other place for the pooja, you could do what you have suggested as the roof could mitigate the ill-effects.
    Admin

  14. Amrish Kumar says:

    Is it advisable to keep Puja room facing west north corner or west south corner.
    Hi Amrish,
    North corner is preferable.
    Admin

  15. Prachi says:

    Namaste,

    We plan to make a puja space carving wall from kitchen. Location is living room. It will be a full length, not just a niche. Idols will be west facing. Please guide if this is advisable.
    Hi Prachi,
    Its okay as you will be facinhg east while praying.
    Admin

  16. Arun Kumar Saxena says:

    Sir I m living in a flat. I have pooja almirah in east south corner of a room which is used as bed room very rarely. I want to say that when we worship our face is towards east south at the 120 degree. Is it correct. if not what is remedy. Arun kumar saxena
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    It should be okay if you are facing SE.
    Admin

  17. Pintu Sarkar says:

    sir
    I have only south West room for puja and I kept one small mandar facing west.Please guide me what I will do for better vastu effects. Thank you sir.
    Hi Pintu,
    It is okay as you will be facing East while praying.
    Admin

  18. KC says:

    Hi Admin

    I have a question regarding Pooja room. We have a closet space in our upstairs bedroom which is located in the northeast portion of the room(my house faces northeast too)and it has a separate door and also has a window in the northeast of this closet.Can we use it as pooja room? It is the only space that could be used as a separate pooja room in the house.
    1) Also if I can use this room/closet for pooja I have a question as to where to place pooja shelf? In this closet space there is a windi in the northeast wall, an inbuilt shelf in the southwest wall and the open wall is northwest and right opposite to it in the southeast is the door.
    Can I use the bottom shelves of the inbuilt shelf on the southwest wall for placing God? Then while doing pooja I will be facing southwest and God will be facing northeast. Is this ok?
    On the rest of the shelves on top can I put pooja materials and books?

    2) If I use a separate shelf and place it in the northwest wall the idols will be facing the pooja room door in the southeast and we will be doing pooja facing northwest. Is it good to place the pooja mandir in this manner facing the door? In this case when I am using separate shelf for pooja can I use the inbuilt shelf for keeping books and pooja materials?
    Hi KC,
    The second option- POoja shelf in the NW wall is better. Yes you can keep the other matrerials on the separate in-built shelf.
    Admin

  19. jai Ram prasad says:

    My pooja room is in the Norh east directin of house but door of pooja room in south direction pl reply is it ok .
    Hi Jai Ram Prasad,
    That is okay.
    Admin

  20. Sameer says:

    Hello sir I have a east facing flat
    1.in livingroom the maindoor is in ne corner.if i remove and fix the maindoor 2 feet from ne corner to east wall can i place mandir in ne corner.but pooja room will go behind the door when open.also there is a column cut 6 inch in ne corner.mandir behind door is ok.
    Hi Sameer,
    If you can find some other place in the house, it will be preferable. But even a pooja in the NE corner is okay as you will be doing the pooja when the door is closed.
    Admin

  21. Satya Prakash says:

    Hi sir
    my friend has a duplex of north facing.in his duplex puja room is situated in first floor.it is in the middle of NE & SE.is it right or wrong?
    Hi Satya Prakash,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  22. Ankita Agarwal says:

    Hi
    I want to place one small mandir in my bedroom, due to some reasons. But We have a bathroom attached towards north wall and if we place the mandir in the east wall,our feet will be pointing it as our bed is in the south west side as per vastu.
    Can I place the pyramid temple wall hanging in the south west side(west wall). Please suggest.
    Hi Ankita,
    The west wall will be preferable between the two options.
    Admin

  23. jai Ram prasad says:

    Pl reply door of pooja room in south facing is ok or not .pooja room is in east north direction o house.
    Hi Jai Ram Prasad,
    A south door is okay.
    Admin

  24. Vani says:

    Hi can i placed the deities at the north east wall where they will be facing south west so when praying i will face north east
    Thank you
    Hi Vani,
    Of course you can.
    Admin

  25. Kesava says:

    Sir, can a poojaroom be behind the wall of lift. Lift is towards east balcony in between drawing and kichen.
    Hi Kesava,
    Yes it can be.
    Admin

  26. Onkar says:

    Hi,

    We have two rooms on south side of out flat.One in east is Kitchen and other one in west is bedroom. Our kitchen ota is East south(L shaped). We are planning to keep mandir in South west corner of Kitchen(after ota we have some space) or in the middle of wall separating bedroom and kitchen. Is it alright?
    Hi Onkar,
    You can keep it in either position, only make sure that you do not face south while praying.
    Admin

  27. Padmini says:

    At present my mandir is kept in the kitchen on the top shelf of a wooden cupboard which is in the east. Since it is at a height I would like to make a new wooden one in the hall, but the area is exactly in front of the toilet. What is the solution for this?
    Hi Padmini,
    Find some other space in the house.
    Admin

  28. Seema Verma says:

    I have a confusion for Mandir that where i will make because only drawing room wall is fine for making mandir but my family is not allowing to make the mandir in drawing room .please advice for the same .
    Hi Seema,
    Go with the majority opinion and place the mandir in a place where everyone is happy.
    Admin

  29. Kavipriya says:

    Hello sir ,
    As per our initial plan, pooja room size is 10 ×4 . I want to reduce the length of the room. What should be the size as per vaastu? 4*5 is ok ?
    Hi Kavipriya,
    There is no specified size in vastu. The size is decided based on the requirements. If you do not need a 10’x4′ room, then you can reduce it to half and have a 4’x5′ room. In fact a square room is preferable.
    Admin

  30. Amrita says:

    Hi. The north east room in our flat is the TV room. Is it okay to place the temple in that room? If I place the temple in the north east corner, the TV is on the opposite wall and then our backs will be towards the idols while watching tv. Suggestions pls.
    Hi Amrita,
    If you are going to be self conscious of your backs being towards the idols, then avoid it and place the idols on the same wall as the TV so that your backs are never towards it.
    Admin

  31. Vijay says:

    Should one keep switch the lights on in home temple at night?
    Hi Vijay,
    Not necessary, but there are some who prefer to keep it on always. It is a matter of your personal choice.
    Admin

  32. Onlyskv says:

    Hello sir,
    Due to no pooja room we are placing pooja idols on a glass table is it okay? Or it will cause any issue.
    Hi Onlyskv,
    The table should have a wall backing.
    Admin

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