TrueVastu suggests following the following tips so that you can properly prosper from the benefits of having a pooja room in your house!
1.) The best place for the pooja room is in the northeast direction of the house. This zone is also called the Ishaan zone. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity, and Jupiter is the planet for this zone. If the northeast direction is not viable for you, then even the north or the east corners would work. Strictly avoid building the pooja room in the south direction.
2.) If your house has a ground floor and an upper floor, then it is advisable to build the pooja room on the ground floor.
3.) The Pooja room should never be next to a toilet and not even above or below it. Strictly prohibit locating the pooja room under a staircase, or in a storeroom, or even the basement.
4.) In case a separate room is not available, Vastu Shastra permits building the pooja room in the kitchen. But keep in mind that the placement of God and the lamp should be in the northeast. Ensure that the dirty utensils are kept far away from the idols.
5.) TrueVastu suggests avoiding having the pooja room in the bedroom of a married couple. However, if this is unavoidable, then the pooja area should be covered with a curtain or little wooden doors on all sides.
6.) Idols of deities should not be placed in an alcove in a wall. Idols should be at least one inch away from the walls. According to Bhavishyottara Purana stone sculptures larger than eight fingers should not be kept in the house.
One should avoid keeping tall idols in the house as the taller idols need the sanctity maintained in temples which is very difficult to achieve in a home.
7.) Vastu prohibits using broken idols or idols brought from an old temple inside the pooja room.
8.) Since the atmosphere in the pooja room must be calm, soft colors such as white, light yellow, and blue are viable. The light tones reflect the light and make the environment lighter. It is best to avoid colors that are too dark as they impair the feeling of essential calm in the room. White or cream coloured marble is also recommended for floors.
9.) Vastu strictly prohibits hiding any money or other valuable items in the pooja room.
10.) While offering prayers to the idols, ensure that you face towards the east or north direction only.
11.) Avoid using the pooja room for anything other than praying. Avoid storing things, but you have to store things there, then ensure that in the west or south direction, there are cupboards.
12.) Remember that you must not point your feet towards the position of the pooja room while sleeping.
13.) Doors and windows of the pooja room should be in the north and east direction only to ensure that enough natural light enters the area. The doors should ideally have two shutters, and the door closer should not be used.
You can further increase the amount of illumination in the room with artificial lighting by using earthen lamps if the area doesn’t have room for making windows.
14.) The pooja room also needs to be decorated, however, there are a few things to avoid. Images that show negative energy should not be kept close by. We also advise against posting photos of deceased persons in the pooja room. Use copper containers whenever possible, and ensure that the pooja room is kept clean, never place a trash can next to it.If you keep the above mentioned Vastu tips in mind while building a pooja room in your house, you can take full benefits of the calmness that it brings with it. For more such tips, visit us at TrueVastu.