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. debjani says:

    Please suggest what is the remedy if there is a cement cabinet above the marble puja.
    Hi Debjani,
    There is nothing wrong except that it will not match with the marble pooja aesthetically speaking.

  2. mohan.v says:

    Ours is east facing house, and want to know where to place Pooja room from the below options: 1). facing west (in the east corner of the house in the hall room next to Main entrance of the house . 2).Facing West in the east corner of the house in the North-West room meant for children’s bedroom,which is used as office and no one is allowed to sleep.Is it fine please let me know. Kindly help us.
    Hi Mohan V,
    The NW bedroom is preferable as it might be a bit cramped in the living room.

  3. Sapna says:

    I have a white marble mandir touching the north east wall.Due to space constrains,in the same room washing machine n dryer were also installed.This is separated by a curtain.What do you suggest?I wanted to put a Ganesh ji picture on top of the marble Mandir.Is it Ok.Please give your valuable suggestion.
    Hi Sapna,
    You have to think practically especially when there is space constraints and so your arrangement is acceptable. You can put whatever image you have faith in.

  4. Deepak says:

    I am taking care of all the point. can you please advise, we are buying today huge Marble temple. we have two places to place in home one is north west corner and another is south west corner of flat. both will facing east to west direction (devotee will face towards east). the concern is NW corner has main entrance in front of it. so who ever come to home will see mandir directly which just opposite to main entrance. also there is left side wall is bathroom (only wall gate is on other side opening in bedroom). for SW corner the sunlight come directly from one side around 11:00 am onwards. the concern is this area is actually balcony which is covered and part of room now. the only concern is it not covered by below flat. hope this is OK.
    please advise.
    Hi Deepak,
    The NW option will make the entrance area cramped. So use the other option that is the SW corner.

  5. jyotsna says:

    I need to know about shape of small puja temple as someone suggested that inside home pyramid shape temple should not be placed. I have ordered flat shaped mndir. Please suggest.
    Hi Jyotsna,
    If you have been convinced that a pyramid roof is not good, then avoid it. A flat roof one is also fine.

  6. Manoj says:

    My house main entrance is North and I have East also door. Can I keep my Pooja room on east side beside Sink by keeping partition in between. Or I should put pooja room on north east corner behind East door. The space is less on north east corner and heard that place should be empty always.
    I have attached the image.
    Hi Manoj,
    Place it anywhere in the house where you can access it easily and there is light and ventilation. Do not bother about the directions. Putting it beside the sink is not a good option.

  7. Hello sir…we are great devotees of lord Krishna but we don’t have any place to keep him in or flat as we live in a two room flat wid one bathroom kitchen nd balcony one room is near the toilet one is bedroom nd one balcony where to keep our lord plzz help us out.
    Hi Garima,
    In a house, you can definitely find a space in some room (except toilets and bathrooms) to place a picture or idol of your God. Even a protected balcony is fine. Just make sure the placement does not cramp the space around and the movement space.

  8. Dhaval Sojitra says:

    i have a 1 bhk where main gate in south and kithcen is in north east bedroom east-west where i can put temple.
    Hi Dhaval,
    Put it in the kitchen somewhere, away from the stove and wash.

  9. Dhaval Sojitra says:


    where should be place mandir in my 2 bhk duplex

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    Hi Dhaval,
    Place it somewhere in the kitchen.

  10. jyotsna says:

    I need to know about shape of small puja temple as someone suggested that inside home pyramid shape temple should not be placed. I have ordered flat shaped mndir. Please suggest.
    Hi Jyotsna,
    A flat roofed pyramid is fine.

  11. vinod sharma says:

    My house pujaroom is in south east corner facing east is it okey
    Hi Vinod,
    It is okay.

  12. Ram says:

    I own an east facing house…on north east there is a room adjacent to verandah,outside the main it advisable to place pooja room at northeast outside main door.
    Hi Ram,
    The NE corner is ideal for a pooja room. It should not matter that it is outside the house, unless you have some specific rituals that you follow in doing pooja.

  13. Virendra Bhandari says:

    We have separate puja room and planning to Put idols on east wall. So can we use west wall for kitchen storage like grains ,rice? Or shall we plan for puja room in north east corner of Living Area(Hall)?
    Hi Virendra,
    There is no need to shift the pooja room if there is already an existing one. If you are only short of space, use the pooja for storage. But it is not ideal unless you keep it neat and tidy.

  14. Abhijit says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have a bungalow & adjusted my Puja room at the center i.e. Brahmashtan. I want to install Saibaba statue such that whenever I enter the house, I shall able to have darshan.
    My entrance is towards south, so in such case I will be entering house facing North but Saibaba will be facing SOUTH. Is it OK?
    Secondly I read that having Bungalow gate at South West & main door at South leads to a BIG & SERIOUS theft. Is it correct? what is the remedy?
    Hi Abhijit,
    Since your requirement is to see the statue as soon as you enter, the position you have mentioned is the best. You will be facing North while praying which is ideal. As for theft, I do not know… Is there any statistics that says, houses facing South are more attractive to thieves???? Don’t dwell on such superstitions and instead use your spiritual attitude to feel positivity in your house.

  15. Vij says:

    Hello sir, my main door is West. Our Master bed is in NE corner.
    1. Can I put pooja mandir in SE side of east wall.. Not exactly SE almost near east side idols facing West.
    2. Master bedroom in NE , is that ok according to vaastu?
    Please give me suggestion..
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi Vij,
    You can put the pooja in the SE side of the East wall. Keep the NE corner of the bedroom free to admit natural light and air and the SW corner for the bed and wardrobes etc.

  16. surya says:

    what precautions to be taken in next floor above the pooja/prayer room
    Hi Surya,
    There is no need for any precautions to be taken. People living in apartments cannot control what happens in the floor above them, so do you need to bother?

  17. Ras says:

    Is it OK to install the pooja cabinet on the North West corner wall? All other walls have bathroom walls or other obstructions. The North wall towards North West part of the house is free. I will be facing north while praying. OK to place holy books along with Vishnu idol in the North facing the south?
    Hi Ras,
    Yesss, to all your doubts.

  18. sreeprakash says:

    Is it suitable to plan a puja room at southeast side on the 1st floor ?
    Hi Sreeprakash,
    You can place it there.

  19. Suguna says:

    Pujaroom is in south, facing north. Worshiper facing south. What can be do e now . it’s a 2bhk house rented and I have one bed room which is non living we have placed our other things in the wardrobe which is east facing direction. No space in kitchen to do Pooja. Please suggest any remedy if it is not ok. Thank you.
    Hi Suguna,
    Place the deities on the East or west walls of the pooja room. However, as long as you do not spend long periods of time in prayer, the present situation should be okay.

  20. Vinod says:

    Hello Admin,
    We got Pooja room facing east, but want to clarify on few points.
    1) We have attic things kept.
    2) The Walls of the room are built with Maroon granites.
    3) Due to space the Pooja room is on 1st floor.
    Please advise.
    Hi Vinod,
    The things in the attic should be arranged neatly and dusted periodically to allow for flow of air. There is a risk of your stored items getting covered with soot from the pooja room lamps and incense sticks. So think of this before you store items in the attic above the pooja room.

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