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. Ramprasad says:

    Pujaroom is in south, facing north. Worshiper facing south. attached flat plan. Please suggest any remedy if it is not ok. Thank you.
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    Hi Ramprasad,
    Do not spend long hours doing pooja while facing south.

  2. subhra chatterjee says:

    I have gone through most of your ideal position ideas, loved them. I live in a 1 bhk apartment, located in the southern side of the building, entrance to my flat is through north leading to drawing cum dining and kitchen, bedroom southwest, bathroom southeast, & kitchen northwest separated by an arch. My query is rather are: 1. Bed is placed in southeast in bedroom, dressing table southwest corner facing north tv northwest facing south both not directed towards bed. Is position ideal? 
    2. Refrigerator placed northeast of kitchen beside arch. Is it ideal?
    3. Water filter and dinning table is in southwest corner of dinning, is it ok. Can the water filter be placed on the eastern wall which has a window. And puja mandir on the northeastern corner.
    4. Puja mandir in the northeast with idols  facing west. Just beside the window on the east. 
    Lastly can you please let me know as per vaastu does the door of a toilet demarkets the end of the toilet or the continuation of the wall beyond the toilet on the outside is considered part of the toilet. Does construction of a pillar in the mid of a wall divides the wall. 
    Sorry for the lengthy queries.
    Subhra chatterjee.
    Hi Subhra,
    You have managed to keep most things according to vastu in the house even though it being 1 bhk, restricts the options. Most of your placements are right according to vastu. You can keep the filter on the eastern wall and the pooja as it is. The door of the toilet demarcates the end of the toilet.

  3. shwetha says:

    how many bells to be used for pooja room door?
    Hi Shwetha,
    I am not sure but I have heard that they should be in multiples of 3.

  4. Praveen says:

    we bought appartment and it didn’t have the pooja room so i m thinking to plan my pooja room to the wall in the east of my dinning hall i want to fix it in upper part of my window to the northeast corner is that ok to place it like that and i want to place wooden staircases in front of the poojaRoom to done pooja on heights is that ok pls suggest me
    Hi Praveen,
    Why have a pooja above a window and access by a staircase? Instead keep it at eye level on the wall.

  5. R Chitra says:

    Can we hang light in pooja room like what is there in Temples please? Awaiting reply.
    Hi Chitra,
    You can decorate, light, arrange the photos and idols in the pooja room as you like.

  6. rajkumar says:

    respected sir,we have a northeast corner main doors &south side toilets &southeast we have a kitchen &we don’t have a option to build pooja room in northeast direction that’s why we built southwest direction is it correct place to keep that side & we have east side road, to the straight of main doors have a current pole please give me your valuable suggestions eagerly waiting for u sir…..
    Hi Rajkumar,
    Since you do not have option anywhere else, it is okay to have the pooja room in the place you suggested.

  7. neha says:

    sir can i have puja room without doors……
    Hi Neha,
    Yes you can. In fact in many houses, the pooja room is always kept open, so there is not really a need for doors.

  8. Aarti says:

    Hi Sir,
    The front of my house faces north-east direction and a big living room. I want to keep the pooja shelf in that place, prefer a open shelf. Is that okay? Is it okay to use two open bookshelves since I have lots of pictures and small idols.
    Is it okay if i keep the shelf or shelves against the north east wall and idols will be facing the opposite direction which will be south or south west, and i will be facing northor north east direction while praying.

    Its so confusing to decide…. Your article is very informatve.. Thank you.
    Hi Aarti,
    You can have 2 shelves and you can have them in the NE. Since you will be facing North or NE, it is fine.

  9. Lavanya says:


    Ours is east facing house, and want to know where to place pooja mandir from the below options: 1) facing east (in the north-east corner of the house) in the hall) 2) facing north, in the dining room
    We are preferring to go with option 2. can u confirm if it is fine?
    Thanks in advance!
    Hi Lavanya,
    I agree, the dining room option seems to be better as you can have more privacy while praying.

  10. Karthega J says:

    Dear Admin
    Can we step down to a room from inside a house.
    Thanks in Advance
    J Karthega
    Hi Karthega,
    Ideally not. If the entrance is a step down and then the rest of the house is a step up, it is okay. The scenario you are talking about is discouraged because one tends to miss a step when entering the house as the step-down is not expected.

  11. Prashant says:

    I want to place a marble temple in my balcony which is in NW direction of my flat.
    Please suggest if it is okay to place temple in balcony.
    Hi Prashant,
    The idea is okay, but be aware that a lit lamp may get extinguished by the breeze outside.

  12. Rajakumar says:

    I have bought a 2 BHK ground floor flat House.Main door is facing east side,opposite to main door there is a staircase to 1st and II nd floor owner’s.Is it ok (there is no alternative)there is staircase opposite to my flat main door.any vasthu deffect.above the main door i have fixed a thrisdi vinayagar marble stone and also placed a perumal pic opposite to the main door whoever enter, first they are looking Lord Perumal Picture like idol.
    In the hall there is one cupboard is available in the north west corner of the hall facing east and also having two doors.In the back side of the cupboard there is a small wash (wash basin )place without door.adjacently to the wash basin there is common bathroom with toilet is built facing east side.
    Opposite to the cupboard there is one room is available . that is in the north east corner having door facing west.
    At present iam utilizing the cupboard as pooja room with two doors and keeping that place very clean.Idols and pictures are facing east side.The place is also well lid and having big window in the north side near to the cupboard.
    Whether this place is correct for Pooja Mandhir
    Please advise.
    Next to the cupboard an entrance for master bedroom is there( located in the south west corner with attached bathroom.)
    Hi Rajakumar,
    Everything seems to be okay. light and ventilation are the key.

  13. Sailly says:

    Hello sir
    We are staying in eight story building and our flat is on 7th floor. It is 2bhk and both are attached with bathroom Main door is west facing and next to main door there is one Store room but store room is attached with toilet and it is in south west Corner, but we are not using that toilet so in that case can we make Store room for pooja and if yes then which side is good for keeping God….And to reduce the effect of toilet can we keep the one water bowl with
    Salt…Plz advise
    Thank you

    Hi Sailly,
    I assume the toilet is sharing the wall with the store room. That is acceptable as long as the toilet door does not open opposite the store room. Keep the idols in such a way that you will be facing either North or East while praying. You do not have to use salt and such things.

  14. Badarinath says:

    I want to know is there any vaastu principles for building the platform (one/two step)in the poojaroom. We could get lot of tips from you Thanq please let me know
    Hi Badarinath,
    I prefer a simple pooja room with one platform. You could also have an additional shelf or two more.

  15. Pooja Batra says:

    Hi ..I have a shaft between bathroom n kitchen whose door opens in drawing room…can we make puja room on the wall between ..the back of the wall will have a t.v. unit…the shaft is in North East side n the wall I’m talking about is north side…
    Hi POOja,
    Yes you can.

  16. mathura ramvinod says:

    we have three doors facing east,north and south . while doing pooja i keep open only east main door. but somebody said that all the doors should be kept open while performing pooja.kindly clarify.
    Hi Mathura,
    Are you talking about the main doors or the doors to the pooja room? In case of main doors, you need not keep them open. But if it is the pooja room doors, then you need to keep only one door, the east one open.

  17. Venkat says:

    Can you have a pooja room (wooden full lenght) to West wall(common wall for bedroom2 and pooja room) which is back to living room and north west corner?
    Please find the below structure of falt

    bedroom1 | bedroom2

    pooja room
    dinning room

    kitchen | Living room

    And after opening the main entrance door of the flat, the pooja room is visibile. Is it ok to have like or can we arrange something like curtains to separate living room and dinning.
    Hi Venkat,
    Whatever you have suggested is okay. What is there if the pooja room is visible from the entrance door? But if you are uncomfortable about it then you can have curtains or a divider between the living and sdining.

  18. ratan says:

    Sir. I have heard that pooja room door and the entrance to bedroom should not Be in exactly opposite. Is it true. Can u plz suggest me about this issue. Thanks
    Hi Ratan,
    Yeah, you heard right. But it is applicable only if your bed is in front of the bedroom door as it feels disrespectful to be lying down in the bed with your feet facing towards the pooja room through the door.

  19. Achal Soni says:


    Can we keep our small mandir in South West direction having face of idols and opening doors of mandir in west direction. I have attached home plan having proposed location of mandir in red square attached with kitchen in home with this comment.
    Also please suggest which mandir I should use for home. It should be wooden or Marble.
    I am waiting for your reply eagerly.
    Thanks in advance.
    Achal Soni
    Hi Achal,
    Yes you can have the mandir in the corner adjacent to your kitchen with the doors opening from the west. You will be facing East while praying and that is good. The second option of the pooja room in the centre of the house is not ideal as it will eat into movement space. As for the material to be used, it should be your personal choice based on practicality and aesthetics. Marble can get stained by oil and kumkum etc. wood can catch fire. marble serves as a sober backdrop for the idols whereas wood is a rich dark backdrop to the idols. If your idols are in wood they may get lost in a wooden backdrop. So consider all aspects before you decide.

  20. purva sawant says:

    Hi this is Purva , I kept mandir in bedroom at north east corner as there is no right place in my home . kindly suggest remedies to avoid this.
    Hi Purva,
    If there is no other space, then so be it. Only make sure that your bedroom is not cluttered and there is space around the mandir to move about.

  21. Hima Bindu says:

    Our flat is East Facing.We have marble mandir. Can I place the mandir on the west wall that means all idols will be facing to the east?Please clarify
    Hi Hima Bindu,
    Many people like the idols to face East and it is perfectly acceptable. However, this will mean that the person praying will face west. But if you are used to some other direction, like facing East or North, then it is better you orient the mandir in that direction.

  22. Sen says:


    We have bought new flat, which is North facing entrance. we are unable to keep the Pooja room in NE corner since we have one bedroom in that side and we don’t prefer to keep in Kitchen side since we may cook Non veg. Request you to kindly advise which are the alternate places where we can keep Pooja rooms.
    I came to know from my carpenter that we can keep the pooja room facing east from west side. is that advisable?
    Hi Sen,
    Find a place which is ventilated and bright and does not affect the circulation space for placing your pooja mandir. the direction you face while praying is a mater of choice – what you are used to.

  23. pankaj says:

    Sir, my home main door east side than my Pooja room I given a north east direction and hall and pooja room attach ,pls suggest to me its coorect or not
    Hi Pankaj,
    All that you have proposed are fine.

  24. varsha s jirage says:

    hi, sir,
    i have bought a new flat, where kitchen is in north-east, living is south-east, m.bed is south-west and g.bed is north-west. i have a problem regarding pooja rm. according to my planning pooja can be in kitchen on south wall idols facing north is it ok. please give some suggestion
    Hi Varsha,
    it is preferable if you face North, East or West while praying. So try to find a nook in the North, East or west walls. Avoid the south wall.

  25. Gayathri Ashok says:

    Good morning sir…my flat faces souththe master bedroom is located in the north east with the children children bedroom in the south east….and going in to my left from the entrance I have the dining room in the south and the kitchrn in the northern and this passage leads to my motherinlaws room….in the south east corner of the dinig we hv the pooja room…and idols are put on east wall and I would face east while praying….this is the general structure of the home…my xoncern is, as its a flat structural changes is not possible…can we do some remedial xhanges if the vaastu of my home is not right…need ur guidance sir….thanks…
    Hi Gayathri,
    In apartments major changes cannot be done because of the structural elements but internal walls can be knocked down and shifted. If at all you want to make any changes, it should be because you want to increase the room sizes or make the plan more efficient. Then automatically the plan will be in concurrence with Vastu principles.

  26. Padmashree Simha says:

    Hello sir,
    Continuing my comment before … copied here again …
    We have a East facing site. we plan to build a house with main enterance at east, drawing room north-east and kitchen south-east, master bedroom south-west and guest bedroom north-west. (Toilet between the two bedrooms at the south side.
    we want to keep the pooja room facing east (to the west wall of the kitchen) with idols and photos facing east. We can stand facing north while doing prayer – not directly facing the idols. Is this okay? Any suggestions? Thank you.

    ERROR in mentioning bathroom placement.
    Master Bathroom is on the west between two bedrooms and the guest bathroom is between the guest bed room and the hall in the north. Pl advice.
    HI Padmashree Simha,
    Your room arrangement is perfect. Even your pooj arrangement on the west wall with idols facing east is good. But why do you want to face North while praying. You should ideally face the idols while praying and facing west is not wrong.

  27. purushothama says:

    our house is 30 by 30 house constructed ground floor
    now constructing 1st floor in 1st floor we have constructed kitchen in south east and portion of that in the right side adjacent to the room wall we have constructed the pooja room
    made sufficient big so that we keep the god facing north and we face east and do the pooja is it fine please let me know if any remedy.
    Hi Purushothama,
    It all appears to be fine except for the positioning of the God. While doing pooja, you should be facing the God and since you are facing East, the God’s idol should be placed in the west wall.

  28. Suresh says:

    We have pooja room in north east corner of the house. The architect provided the pooja room as extension to north east side. As a result the door is in south direction but we have the option to keep the idol in north or east direction. Please advise if it is ok to have entrance to the pooja room from south direction.
    Hi Suresh,
    There is nothing wrong in having a door from the South side as you will be facing North.

  29. nimesh says:

    My small temple in kitchen but op side is toilet what should I do because it is 1BHK please suggest something to avoid negativity.
    Hi Nimesh,
    In a 1bhk apartment, it is impossible to expect a perfect vastu arrangement. There is nothing wrong in having the toilet opposite the pooja. Just make sure the toilet door is always kept closed.

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