Having a small house often becomes a challenge when it comes to arranging different rooms within. However, there are certain areas where you can make little adjustments and save space that you can utilize in other ways. One such phenomenal and unconventional area is the pooja room. Your mandir does not need an entire room to be kept aside in order to be transformed into a divine space. Instead, you can be wise and create a unique pooja room out of the unused spaces of your home. Here is a list of 12 smart ideas where you can install your own pooja room without having to give away too much surface area.
Room corner accessories are a rage these days and the market is brimming with them. Be sure to purchase one of the desired size and use the upper two levels to place figurines and deities. The best part of this approach is that you do not have to give up too much surface area.
The space right above drawers towards the window remains unused more often than not. To fill this void, make use of painting and scriptures, a pooja thali, diyas as well as candles, and you are ready with your very own pooja room.
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Indian homes usually have low rise shelves to store clothes, or frequently used items. The top of these shelves generally house unused clutter. If you're looking to create a pooja space, then be sure to remove the clutter in order to make it your Pooja offering spot. There is no need to buy bulky figurines and idols as you can do away with small sized figures.
One of the most favorable spots to have your Pooja room is to place it near the entrance door. A small rack and cupboard like this can serve as the setup area. Be sure to stick to smaller deities and idols so that your space is left neat and tidy.
Showcase racks are generally adorned with flower vases and antiques. This, however has seen a paradigm shift off late as the space can be used to set up a pooja space as well. It places your sacred space at a higher level.
How about a big sized poster or a painting of Lord Ganesha or any other right at the entrance door? Let prosperity, wealth, good tidings and health gush towards your home in this brilliant and effortless manner.
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If the previous ideas of setting up your pooja space over the racks or doors doesn't appeal to you, then you can make use of a beautiful painting and hang it on the wall. Decorate the area with motifs and items that add divinity to the space.
Having wall niches with glass windows is not an uncommon sight in Indian homes but it often houses show pieces and photo frames. You could instead, use it to showcase your entire collection of idols and deities thereby turning it into an ideal spot for prayers and meditation.
If you are someone who loves to begin your day with a pooja but often end up in the kitchen due to household chores, then it would be ideal to house a pooja room right in the kitchen itself! All you need to do is to install a door to conceal the temple when you are done.
This Pooja room comprises of nothing more besides a few wall hooks and a wooden table beneath. Multiple idols of Lord Ganesha rest on small hook pedals on the walls and the big sized deity of Lakshmi rests peacefully on the wooden table.
Here is a small yet attractive center for setting up a pooja mandir without having to spare too much space in the house. Don't forget to add some yellow lighting or accessories to make it feel like a real life mandir.
Small houses make use of room dividers in place of walls. A room divider such as this provides you with ample space to set up your very own mandir. Spare a cubicle or two and place your idols and other mandir essentials.
In place of a mirror, you can make use of an idol right at your dressing table. This is a great idea if you have trouble setting out space for a mandir or a pooja space.
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