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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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