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.


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

  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.

  15. Padmapriya says:

    Hello Sir,
    My house is a individual house facing north.we live in first floor.main door is in north and living room in NE zone.
    Kitchen is in the south east corner. Master bedroom is in south west and its attached toilet in west. Guest bedroom in north west and its attached toilet in north.Inbetween these two, is the pooja room, which is in centre west facing east.the toilet of the master bedroom is just behind the puja room,both sharing the same wall.also there is a common toilet opposite to the puja room,but not exactly opposite, little away from it.pls let me know if its a vastu defect?
    so can we place a 1 inch wooden hurdle in the puja room to avoid touching the bathroom wall?or do we need to change the location of puja room.if so,pls let me know where to shift the pooja room.please help me sir to resolve the issue.also,let me know if rest of the other placements are according to vastu.
    Note :pls find attached the rough sketch of my house.thanku sir n pls reply.
    Hi Padmapriya,
    Yours is like a perfect house in vastu shastra terms except for the fact that the pooj a room wall is shared with a toilet. So, like you said, place a wooden wall to act like a buffer between the bathroom and the pooja room.

  16. VasanthaKumar says:

    Hi Sir,
    We have planned to construct new house in a 30×40 site East phase. The main door will be located at north-east position immediately after under water sump.we have two options for pooja room location.
    1.Extremely end of north east and the main door will touches while fully opened condition.
    2.mid of east phase wall and it will be the corner of kitchen and dining hall.
    In both the options photos and idols will be facing towards west and we will pray by facing east or north.
    Please suggest us which option is preferable if not kindly advise other best option.
    Thanks in advance….
    Hi Vasathakumar,
    Both options are okay. But you can decide on the one which does not come in the way and which has no obstructions.

  17. Kathey says:

    I have a Puja Room in southwest direction, but its not at the extreme south-west direction of the house, its bit inside and near to the central part of the house and is placed inside a child’s bedroom, the deities faces East and we face South-west while doing puja. we are acing problems like quarrels, health problems, financial instability and poor results in academics.
    It would be very grateful and helpful of you, if you can tell me if this is the right part for a puja place.
    Hi Kathey,
    If you feel that the problems you are facing are due to the ill-placement of the pooja room, then change the location. You can have it anay other room . And it is preferable to face East or north while praying.

  18. Ganesh says:

    I have put ganapati photo in front of my enterance door, which is north facing. Pls suggest is this ok?
    Hi Ganesh,
    It is a question of your personal preference. If you feel happy with it go ahead.

  19. Amit says:

    Hi Admin,

    Thank you for your all the scientific clarifications regarding the Pooja room positions.I have booked a North facing door flat. It has a bed room in NE followed by dining room & kitchen in eastern side of the plan.I have 2 options for Pooja room .
    1. Placing the pooja room in adjacent to the bedroom facing west ( as a part of dining room) & idols facing west. But I heard that the wall b/w Pooja room & bedroom shouldn’t be common. Please suggest on the 1. pooja room position, 2. about Walls confusion.
    2. pooja room facing North along with idols also facing north. But i heard that the Pooja room shouldn’t be placed in south side of the flat. So would request you to clarify the same.
    Also, suggest me any other suitable position for placing the Pooja room.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Hi Amit,
    Between the two positions i would prefer the first one as you will be facing East while praying. Having a common wall between the pooja and the bedroom is not such an issue.

  20. Geeta says:

    Dear Sir,
    we have booked a flat facing south ( gate is in 1st padam from SE. inside main entrance door also parallel to the gate. is that according to vastu? we need to confirm them if there is any change. can you advice.
    Hi Geeta,
    Ideally the main door should be in line with the gate. so there is nothing wrong with your arrangement.

  21. laxmi says:

    I have the pooja room under the staircase n adjacent to the toilet. There is no other place to shift it. Please suggest the ways how to prepare an ideal pooja room there itself
    Hi Laxmi,
    It is not ideal. so better to find a small place anywhere else in the house. You may have to sacrifice the size of the room but that is better than trying to compromise with a pooja room next to a toilet and under a staircase.

  22. Amit says:

    We have open kitchen on first floor and Puja Mandir (having marble and glass doors) is situated in North east corner (diagonally opposite to kitchen corner).
    Please let me know is Puja Mandir location fine or do i have to shift the puja mandir to ground floor?
    Hi Amit,
    As long as you do not have difficulty in going upstairs everyday to do pooja, the location is fine.

  23. Santosh says:

    Is Pooja room door bells are vastu…..
    Hi Santosh,
    Bells on the pooja room door are okay.

  24. kasturi says:

    Namaskar My flat main door faces south east and we had pooja mandir in Kitchen. Kitchen is in the south side. Now after renovation we are thinking to place the pooja mandir on East wall of Hall i.e drawing room at a height. Is it correct plz suggest. Thanks
    Hi Kasturi,
    You can place it wherever it is convenient. But make sure that doing pooja is easy and not a problem, if it is at a height.

  25. riya ghosh says:

    can two wooden temples be placed side by side to keep idol.i am a sai devote n want to have separate wooden mandir for sai god as my first one is small.
    Hi Riya Ghosh,
    I feel it is better to have one large mandir for all the gods. That way there is no partiality!!!!

  26. DURGA says:

    Hi Durga,
    You can.

  27. Shweta Sudarshan says:

    Hello Admin,
    Hope you are doing good. We are planning our pooja room structure and I need little help from you on this. We plan to make the ceiling pyramid shaped. Does the pyramid need to be a closed one from base or can it start from outside the wall of pooja room? Does the pyramid need any flat but hollow ceiling below pyramid?
    Also, is it really okay to have two shutter door, both together opening towards our left while opening from outside. The pooja room is adjacent to kitchen and of size 3’*4′.
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi Shweta,
    The pyramid roof should not be closed from below – the inclined surfaces should be visible for the positive effect, just like in temples. The door can be a single folding one as long as it does not jut too much into the passage.

  28. Bhavna Sharma says:

    Please guide for .our temple at home and in our office has a glass on a opposite wall. Reflection of statues is seen in that glass………How r the effects, please reply
    Hi Bhavna,
    It may be disturbing to see double images and you may not be able to concentrate on prayer.

  29. Nivedita srivastava says:

    My flat is south facing with kitchen in south east , master bedroom in south west another bedroom in north west and a balcony in north where should i keep my wooden pooja mandir. A bathroom in master bedroom and another bathroom in balcony outside facing east . A window is there in hall opening towards east . Where should i place my wooden pooja mandir please suggest.
    Hi Nivedita,
    You will have to find a tiny space somewhere in the house where there is ample light and ventilation. Only, avoid placing it against bathroom walls.

  30. Vijaya says:

    Hello sir..
    We live in apt.There’s no puja room.We have placed god pictures facing east and praying facing west.Is it ok…sir.
    Hi Vijaya,
    Yes it is okay.

  31. Anand Kumar p says:

    Hello sir, my question is we have small cupboard towards north east side and height of the cupboard is 1 an half or 2 feet with 2 portion so can I place idol n pictures in both the portion that is up and down.
    Hi Anand Kumar,
    You can do that. But will you be able to see the pictures in the lower shelf?


    Hi Madhumita,
    Since the deities are facing South, you will be facing North while praying, which is okay.

  33. parthasarathy says:

    HI Sir,
    I have north facing flat, And having the kitchen in south East corner. Now I dont have separate room for pooja room, So kindly guide me where to keep the pooja room.
    Hi Parthasarathy,
    Find some space even a small one for a pooja mandir anywhere in the house, where there is enough light and ventilation.

  34. srinagesh says:

    Hi, we have a north facing house (main door to north). a big hall – N/S direction with a kitchen in SE. Sump in NE, SW Master BR, NW children room. We have a open puja (3.5 ft above floor) in the hall – photos, idols facing east – so that we prostrate to north. can you please suggest
    Hi Srinagesh,
    It is all okay.

  35. Mr. Chirag Joshi says:

    Our house main door is north-east facing with a balcony exactly opposite in the south-west direction. We are planning to place our home temple facing west (we face east while worshiping). However, in this arrangement temple will be adjacent to the bathroom wall on one side and dinning table on the other side. Is this arrangement advisable as per vastu? If not please advise appropriate arrangement. We were also considering the option of placing the temple near the balcony wall in the living room (this way mandir would be facing north-west, while we would face south-east while worshiping).
    Hi Chirag,
    Both options are okay according to me. But there are some reservations regarding a bathroom wall adjacent to the pooja room. So you decide the one that is convenient for you.

  36. gauri says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We just moved in a rental apartment. The entrance is East facing and next to entrance is dinning room. This is the NE corner of the apartment and next to it is kitchen. Is it okay to place a small pooja room in dinning room next to kitchen ?
    Hi Gauri,
    Yes you can put the pooja room in the dining room.


    Sir, My house is west facing and have two main doors, one at the middle of the west and another at north-west corner. We usually keep open the north-west corner main door. Our pooja room is at the north-east corner facing west, i.e. main door. Will there be any negative effects for this. Please suggest.
    Hi Satyanarayan,
    It is better to use the NW main door always. There will not be any negative effects.

  38. Hari says:

    Hi sir,
    My new house facing west, Puja room place yet to decide. North east corner has bedroom with balcony. Is it advisable to keep Puja room facing west in north east corner of the living room, prayers will face east. Pls advice N-E of living room ok or N- E of house need to select ?
    Hi Hari,
    Your proposal- a pooja room in the NE corner of the living room is okay.

  39. Pavan says:

    Hi sir, we have a wash basin infront of the pooja room is that ok or should we remove it?
    Hi Pavan,
    It is okay.

  40. Rajni says:

    We stay in a apartment which has a north facing entrance and have placed small wooden temple in the west direction(central lobby,attached to the bedroom wall)This means idols are facing east direction and we will face west direction while praying,is that fine?
    Hi Rajni,
    It is okay.

  41. Padmanabhan says:

    We have a circular 8 ft diameter circular pooja room projecting in the north east corner of our house. One friend recently mentioned that a circular pooj a room is not advisable? Is this correct?
    Hi Padmanabhan,
    Thats true, a circular pooja room does not give the right atmosphere for prayer/meditation. It can cause a strain mentally. So create a square room inside the circle.

  42. Gouri says:

    I bought west facing home & entrance from main hall.. planning to place pooja room to the wall which is exactly opposite to main entrance door. If I do like that, as soon as you enter the house, pooja room will be faced. Is this right way? kindly suggest.
    Thank you
    Hi Gauri,
    It depends on how you like it. If you dont mind seeing the pooja as soon as you enter, then go ahead. Vastu wise there is no issue

  43. navin says:

    Hi my pooja room is in north direction of home but door is facing south …is it ok
    Hi Navin,
    Is the pooja room door or the main door facing south?

  44. Nishtha says:

    Hi. Can you please tell me if its alright to have a mandir in the same area where the dining table is ?
    Hi Nishtha,
    If there is no other place, then there is no harm in having the mandir in the dining area.

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