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, religious texts are kept and used exclusively for prayer, worship and meditation. It is a sacred room and the space from which all positive energy radiates to other rooms. That is the reason why, according to Vastu Shastra, it is preferable to have it in the centre of the house. However this is not always possible and so it can be located in certain auspicious directions as explained in this post.

The important thing to consider regarding a Pooja/prayer room, is that it must be protected from “negative energy”. Once you have made a pooja or prayer room in your home, the room automatically starts to radiate positive energy. However, if the pooja room is left unprotected, the positive energy starts to weaken due to influence of negative energies that may be present in your home. Hence, you must make some tweaks in compliance with Vastu Shastra principles, so that it emanates positive energy in and around your home.

POOJA COLLAGE

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 under the following headings. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on sound logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.

  • What Is The Best Location For A Pooja Room?
  • What Are The Vastu Guidelines For The Interiors of A Pooja Room?
  • Where Should The Pooja Things Be Placed In A Pooja Room?
  • What Are The Ideal Colours For A Pooja Room?
  • What Should Be Avoided In A pooja Room?

WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?

In earlier times, a well designed, large space was exclusively reserved for prayer but today with reduced space availability, the Puja Room has become a tiny space, sometimes just a small mandir placed in the Kitchen. Whatever the size, the location of the Pooja room is the most important consideration. Refer to the image below to get an idea of the best positions.

Pooja-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.

In normal sized homes, the Puja room should be in the North-East. East or West are the second best locations: The Scientific ReasonEarly 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.

If there is no space for a Puja room, the Mandir can be placed in the North-East corner of the Kitchen or any room except bedroom, store room and toilets: 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.

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!Jodhpur-Handicrafts-Brown-Wooden-Pooja-SDL033741050-1-c6471

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERIORS OF A PUJA ROOM?

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.

The Pooja Room can have doors and windows in North or East walls. The Scientific ReasonThey admit the morning sunlight into the prayer room.

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.

pooja-door

The door to the Puja room should have two shutters

WHERE SHOULD THE PUJA THINGS BE PLACED IN THE PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?

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.

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.

Idols should be kept at least an inch away from the wall and make sure they are not broken, cracked or disfigured: 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 idols must be in perfect condition. They should not be broken, cracked or disfigured: The Scientific Reason – While praying to a disfigured idol, you may feel that there is no well-being because you are not  able to replace it with a perfect one. It affects your mind.

The puja things should be stored in the South-East of the Puja room: The Scientific ReasonAll the puja stuff should be kept away from the North-East and East, so that there is no obstruction to the morning sunlight.

You can place an Agnikund in the prayer room in south-east corner. The Scientific Reason –  SE is traditionally considered the position for fire in Vastu Shastra.

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.

pooja-idol

Idols or pictures of Gods should be in perfect condition

WHAT ARE THE IDEAL COLOURS FOR A  PUJA ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA?

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.

yellow and blue pooja room

WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN A PUJA ROOM, ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA?

Avoid having a pooja room under a staircase or in a store room: The Scientific Reason: As one climbs up or down the stairs you may feel you are trampling on the gods.

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. But if there is no other choice, you could consider one in the NE corner.

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 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 keeping broken idols or torn pictures or old idols brought from temples: 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.

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 pictures of animals or 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.

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.

Do not keep a dustbin in a pooja room: The Scientific Reason: It brings in negative energy

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

  1. Rajshree says:

    I live in a North facing house with a large open balcony in the East. North west is closed. If I place my temple in the living room east corner, then Gods face south west while I face north east at the time of performing my Pooja. Is it ok for Gods to face south west and my family to face north east while doing pooja. The second option is gods face north west and I face south east during pooja. Please advice which is better.
    Hi Rajshree,
    The first option is preferable- you facing NE while praying.
    Admin

  2. Sandhya says:

    I have just bought a house . The only area for a puja room is a small storage under the straircase which faces west. Is it ok to have my puja room here ?
    Hi Sandhya,
    If you cannot locate any other place, then have it there.
    Admin

  3. Amit says:

    Hello I am Amit,
    I have arranged my Pooja ghar in dinning area.But it is facing wall of toilet.
    The distance between wall and toilet is 34 inches.
    Pooja ghar is west facing and we r seating East facing in front of Pooja ghar.
    Pooja ghar is in north-west corner of living room. Please suggest is it ok?
    Hi Amit,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  4. Parul says:

    Hi
    Please suggest if it is okay to have small mandir on the north wall with photos of God facing south. When we pray we are facing north.
    Thanks, Parul
    Hi Parul,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  5. Shiva says:

    Hi sir, our house main door is facing northwest. Is it good? I am planning to wall mount to place god idols and lamp. Only favourable place available is wall facing northwest and southeast. Which side do you suggest for fixing god shelf?
    Hi Shiva,
    Place the idols in such a way that you will be facing North or East or NE or even west while praying.
    Admin

  6. Poonam says:

    Hello sir, I m keeping my Pooja room in ground floor north east corner . but I have made one aaras pathhar to place my mandir on it. One nd half feet away from floor tiles so I m confused is it ok. Some one said mandir sud not kept hanging . it sud be on the floor tiles directly. But I already made one shelf pathhar of aaras like square cup board type of temple for Pooja . nd on it I want to keep temple. Is it ok????? Pls help.
    Hi Poonam,
    Ideally the mandir should be on the floor. You can fix the mandir on the wall. There is no harm. But it would be preferable that you build some cupboard below it because otherwise you may hit your head against the projecting mandir while bending.
    Admin

  7. Dr jalpesh soni says:

    Hello sir,I have two floors south facing home.can I make Puja place on 1st floor on West side .Puja place has two adjacent bathroom walls.kindly guide.
    Hi Dr Jalpesh,
    Avoid that. Instead look for some space in your kitchen or insome other area.
    Admin

  8. Babu R says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have planned for a ventilation of size 2 X 2 feet above lintel level in Pooja room. Can we have ventilation in Pooja room ?
    Thanks & Regards,
    Babu R
    Hi Babu,
    Always better to have some kind of ventilation in the pooja room.
    Admin

  9. Madhu says:

    Sir we have poojaroom in north east and placing above the water sump and entrance of the sump is out side of the house is it ok? please clarify.
    Hi Madhu,
    I believe it should be okay. The only disadvantage that I can see is that, when the water enters the sump, you can hear the sound and it could disturb you while praying.
    Admin

  10. Kirandeep Kaur says:

    Hello sir very informative site. We are converting our multi purpose room into Pooja room and making adjacent toilet as deep almirah by removing fixtures you closing outlets etc. Our is west facing home upon entrance we have Pooja room on left . Is it ok. An you share email id and i will share the floor plan.
    Hi Kirandeep Kaur,
    Thank you for your feedback. According to me the changes you have made are okay.
    Admin

  11. Narayan says:

    Hai sir my pooja room in south side of middle in front of south entrance. Idols are facing north. sir this only one option in my home pls reply me good are bad give me a best answer.
    HI Narayan,
    In this case, you will be facing South while worshiping the idols. Ideally you should be facing North or East while praying.
    Admin

  12. KARUNAKARA says:

    MY HOME DOOR FACING NORTH LET KNOW POOJA ROOM GOD IDOL SHOULD FACE TO EAST OR WE CAN FACE TOWARD WEST?? ALSO LET ME KNOW POOJA ROOM DOOR WHICH DIRECTION WE NEED TO KEEP.
    Hi Karunakara,
    The idols can face East or west so that you will be facing West or East respectively. It depends on your preference.
    Admin

  13. Priyanka says:

    Hello Sir,
    I stay in hostel so can not construct a special pooja room. There is no place in our room to keep the idols except north east corner. But if i keep idols there then god will be facing to toilet. I place god on pooja peet place over the plastic stool.. Since god is facing to toilet what precautions should I take to place god here.
    Hi Priyanka,
    You should keep the toilet door closed always when not in use. Maybe have a curtain.
    Admin

  14. Laxmidhar says:

    Sir,
    In my master bedroom, can I construct a wall cupboard in North wall.The entrance is on North wall(east). In the south west part 2 steel Almeria is present.
    Please suggest.
    Sir which wall is good for constructing “TAJA” (sorry do not know English word) but generally present in a room in one wall above door.
    Hi Laxmidhar,
    You can have the cupboard in the North wall. I assume you are referring to a loft. You can have it above the cupboards in the South west wall.
    Admin

  15. Mrs. K.A. Lakshmi says:

    Sir, I have provided a ventilator in the South and entrance in the West in the north east facing puja room. Is the ventilator in the right place?
    Hi KA Lakshmi,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  16. Smita says:

    The rule while making a wooden Puja ghar regarding its total height including the pyramid and Kalash on the top with the main door height.
    Hi Smita,
    This is like really detailed vastu, which I am not aware of. But instinctively, I feel a pooja ghar of a height of one third of the door is ideal.
    Admin

  17. Adharika says:

    Can a master bedroom be built on above pooja room (ie.my pooja room is on ground floor and master bedroom on first floor which is above pooja room)
    Hi Adharika,
    Should be okay.
    Admin

  18. Anubhav Saini says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we put Basement/Driveway under puja room?? We are planning to make puja room in our side set back area above ramp leads to basement for parking only. Please suggest on this.
    Thanks
    Hi Anubhav Saini,
    It is okay to make use of available space. But be aware that everytime the ramp is used, the sound of the car could disturb you while you aere praying.
    Admin

  19. Rukmani says:

    can i make a loft above puja unit.?
    HI Rukmani,
    For what. Its not ideal as you should not place anything above the idols.
    Admin

  20. ajith says:

    hello sir , i have placed my pooja room in ground floor , m main door entrance is facing east .and my pooja room entrance is facing west, in which idols will b placed facing west n worship will done facing east, is this okay?
    and can i make my study room in first floor juz above the pooja room which will in ground floor?
    Hi Ajith,
    Yes you can have the idols facing west and you can have a study above the pooja room.
    Admin

  21. madhu says:

    Hi Sir,
    Does pooja room door is counted in number of doors?
    Madhu
    Hi Madhu,
    Yes it is included while counting the number of doors.
    admin

  22. Renu says:

    Can we make poojaroom in north east corner of bed room and keep idols in south east corner.
    Hi Renu,
    If there is no other space, then you can do that.
    Admin

  23. pradeep says:

    After performing pooja should we keep the pooja room open or closed.
    Hi Pradeep,
    It is a matter of preference and convenience. If you like the pooja being visible then obviously you would like it open. If the doors of the pooja room are opeing out, then if you leave them open, they could be an obstruction. So in that case it is preferable to keep them close. That is why it is better to have a pooja door with openings, as you have the freedom to keep them closed,but yet the idols are visible.
    Admin

  24. Ajay Pathak says:

    Respected sir,
    We are purchasing an 5bhk apartment on the 10th floor or a 12 storeyed building, I want to dedicate one of bedroom on the north east corner of the flat as a pooja room. My doubt is that it shares west wall with bathroom and half south wall with kitchen.
    Though If I m not using the bathroom particularly but on the other floors people will be using it. Is it good to use that premises as a pooja room. Plz suggest.
    Hi Ajay Pathak,
    Since you are not using the toilet, it should be okay to make the bedroom in the NE into a pooja room. And anyway in a large space like this, you can place the idols on any other walls. But if you feel uncomfortable about htis aspect, build a dummy wall in ply with a small gap of an inch or two between the toilet wall and the pooja room.
    Admin

  25. Aarti says:

    Hello sir,
    Is north east the best location for a mandir? What if the mandir is in south east or west? Any bad repications ?
    Thanks much
    Hi Aarti,
    NE is ideal but SE or West are also okay. No bad repercussions.
    Admin

  26. Sh says:

    Sir, Can we have Pooja mandir, with doors, placed in our bedroom? This is needed due to space constraint.
    Hi Sh,
    Yes you can.
    Admin

  27. Parvathy says:

    My Pooja mandir with doors is in east direction, Opposite to the washroom which does not have a door.Is it okay if I keep pooja mandir in east wall towards south (almost middle of home), please suggest any remedy for it.
    Regards
    Hi Parvathy,
    Fix a door to the washroom and always keep it closed.
    Admin

  28. srini says:

    Hai we r staying in 1 BHK home,where there is no pooja mandir.can I place the idols in the shelves in the show case? Pls advise
    Hi Srini,
    Yes that is a good idea. But give a frame or something to define the pooja space.
    Admin

  29. Gunjan says:

    Hello sir
    I have placed puja room near dinning table in North-East corner please guide that it is correct or not.
    Hi Gunjan,
    Yes it is okay.
    Admin

  30. Ashok says:

    Hi.
    I would like to have the pooja room built in wood with right dimensions. Can you please help me with right dimensions to build pooja room.
    Hi Ashok,
    I am not acquainted with such details. You may need to consult a vastu specialist.
    Admin

  31. Sreeni says:

    Hi sir our flat is in second floor East facing, it has 3bed rooms with attached toilet, flat has 8 doors including toilet/bathroom doors but pooja room don’t have any door, can we have a door to pooja room , then the flat door count becomes 9.
    Kindly suggest.
    Thanks,
    Sreeni
    Hi Sreeni,
    It is better to have a door to the pooja room. Forget bout the count of doors because anyway in the existing situation the pooja opening is considered a door.
    Admin

  32. Shaswat says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can I place my idols facing south. That means I have my Puja room in the north side of my flat. Please suggest…!!
    Thanks,
    Shaswat
    Hi Shaswat,
    Yes you can.
    Admin

  33. Sowmya says:

    Can we have pooja room in front of main door ?
    Hi Sowmya,
    I personally do not like to have a pooja right in front of the door. But some people like to see the idols as soon as they open the main door. It is upto you.
    Admin

  34. PRIYA.V says:

    Hello sir,
    We have planned to make a pooja shelf in our dinning room next to our kitchen in south east facing east .Some said we should make pooja room after the centre part of the house,but we dont have a proper place other than our living room which is small and occupied by furnitures.Please suggest an idea for making pooja room.
    Thank you,
    Priya.V
    Hi Priya,
    Your suggestion is okay. In small houses, one cannot find space in the centre.
    admin

  35. Kiran N says:

    Hi sir

    We have built pooja room and toilet in the same line but its not sharing same wall and in between pooja room and toilet there is store room. Is it fine? Can we have pooja room and toilet in same line?
    Hi Kiran.
    It is all fine.
    Admin

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