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.


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.


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!


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.


Avoid keeping torn pictures of gods


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.


The lamp should always be in front of the idol


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.


The door to the Puja room should have two shutters


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.


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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  1. Ajeet Singh says:

    Hi, many people says that marble temple and statue is not ok for home. Is that true. Plz help
    Hi Ajeet,
    Wooden temples are the best option. But even marble is okay.

  2. Anand Agarwal says:

    Hello sir
    I have a flat north facing and in north east corner its an bedroom so can we place puja in living room on west wall means in that case idols will face east and when sit we have to face to west, is it good location?
    Hi Anand,
    Facing East or West are both good for prayer.

  3. satish says:

    Hello Admin,
    I have a east facing aparment, i have to place a small pooja room made in wooden kind gopuram, if i keep in the east facing in the living room, but the wall behind is bathroom wall, but the bathroom is facing south. so is it still ok to keep the pooja room.. OR shall i keep it in north facing, and behind wall is kitchen. please advise.
    Hi Satish,
    Keep it adjacent to the kitchen.

  4. Maya says:

    Hi. Thanks for all the valuable info. I have an enclosed balcony in the NE which extends to a terrace, also enclosed. So the original balcony ((which aligns with every balcony on the floors above. We are on the first floor and are the only ones with the terrace ) area is almost at the centre of my living room as the terrace is also furnished and a part of the living room. Have been told prayer areas should not be set up in any area that was originally and ‘external space’. Does that mean I should not put it up in the middle area which actually has a lower ceiling and a perfect niche in the NE for it? We have been advised this by a consultant but I have checked everywhere online – this aspect is not mentioned or prohibited so I’m just wondering . Thanks
    Hi Maya,
    Neither have I heard of such a thing. Anyhow to me, your enclosed balcony seems to be the ideal position for a pooja room.

  5. Manju Dabas says:

    I have idols on separate slab in south-east direction and Idols put in east and storage things for puja put in south in kitchen. In north- east I have a sink in kitchen. In north-east of lobby adjacent to kitchen toilet is opposite. In drawing room I have a door in north-east corner. In bedroom I have a almirah in east. Please suggest best place for portable wooden temple.
    Hi Manju,
    Your present arrangement of idols in the kitchen is okay. Place the mandir there.

  6. Mamatha says:

    Hello Sir, I have purchased a flat which has main door entrance from North east corner , But the Pooja Room is exactly opposite to Main door in North West Corner , is this okay to have pooja room opposite to main entrance door and idols facing main door – Please suggest
    Hi Mamatha
    Many people like to see the pooja room as they enter the house. But if you feel uncomfortable about it, then keep the pooja room doors closed when not used.

  7. punam mandal says:

    I have told that big pictures of God should not keep at home that should be for temples.
    Hi Punam,
    I Have not heard about this, but it makes sense as an image that is disproportionately big, will look out of place in a small pooja room. But that does not mean you cannot have big pictures. Around 12″ to 18″ in size are okay for a home pooja.

  8. Santra says:

    We r going to move into a new hse.My main entrance as well the puja room is NW.back is SE,side is SW n NE.
    Then N,S,E n E are at coners.
    Pls let me know where should the alter be kept n facing where.
    Another question can i keep a ganesh statues in place of photo.
    Hi Santra,
    You can have the altar on the NW or NE walls. You can keep a Ganesha statue instead of a picture.

  9. Arun Kumar says:

    I am thinking to purchase a Penthouse which main door facing towards South and adjacent to East wall. There is a study room placed above on 1st floor placed exactly at South East corner. Can I make puja room there and place the temple at west wall so to face towards east while pray.
    Also my kitchen is placed at South west corner and burner placed at south wall. Is it ok. Kindly revert.
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    The Main door is more in the SE which is fine. You can make the upper room a pooja room as you have proposed. But change the position of your hob to either East, North, or West, in that order.

  10. Guru says:

    Hi sir
    We recently bought a new flat.we wanted to place mandir in the north east corner as its the best place to have.but our flats northeast is coming in the second bedroom used by my it OK to have mandir in the children room.pls suggest.
    Hi Guru,
    If you do not have any other space in the common rooms, then you can opt to have the mandir in the childrens bedroom. Just be sure that the bed position is such that the feet are not pointing towards the mandir.

  11. vasanty says:

    Every day we are lighting lamps in pooja room. 3 nos. it is ok. or 4 & 5 is ok
    Hi Vasanty,
    How can I comment on your rituals??? Ask a poojari or the elders of your family and follow the traditions followed.

  12. shailaja says:

    Dear Sir /Mam,
    we are planning to construct puja mantap in puja room .we have planned to keep idols 15 inch above the floor.
    The sheet to keep idols is 15 inch wide and 31inch in length;This sheet is in Dhvajay.
    My question is –is this height width and length according to vastu?
    Please inform
    Hi Shailaja,
    If the height and width are comfortable for doing your pooja, then it is according to vastu.

  13. Prakasan says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have purchase a flat & placing the mandir in NE corner, but shall i keep mirror in front of it.
    Due to some emergency i wants to do vastu pooja/normal grugh pravesh pooja on this month itself. Actually everybody is saying 16th july to 16th aug’16 is not good for gruh pravesh in aadi masam/karkada masam. pls guide me.
    Hi Prakasan,
    A mirror in front of the mandir is not such a good idea. As for pooja dates, consult an astrologer.

  14. rupa says:

    i have shifted to a new house .as in the east side there is a toilet in north side is a door which is open towards is a living room and in bed room the northeast corner there is a window and east side is bathdoom im confuse where to place a my wooden temple which direction should i place pls suggest pls.
    Hi Rupa,
    I cannot undrstand your layout. Find any small place in your home, away from the toilets and place the pooja mandir. It should not be in the way of your movement.

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