The mural apartment:  Dining room by S Squared Architects Pvt Ltd.

How can I use Vastu Shastra to design my Pooja Room?

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The ancient Indian architectural system, Vastu Shastra, places a lot of importance on the arrangement of everything inside one’s home. The right placement can fill the home with positive energy, whereas an incorrect one can bring negativity. The pooja room plays a significant role in a house, as it is one of the major sources of positive energy inside a home. By employing Vastu for pooja rooms in flats or houses, you can maximise the potential of the space to generate positive energy that spreads throughout your home.

Vastu has several dos and don’ts that need to be followed to invite positive energy into your home. We dedicate this article to Vastu for pooja rooms and list the various things you should do or avoid.

Dos: How to increase positive energy by using the principles of Vastu for pooja rooms

A few simple practices should be followed daily to refresh the positive energy inside the pooja room:

- Light lamps every day in the pooja room. Light banishes negativity and brings fresh energy to the space.

- Offer flowers to God. Flowers have the power to refresh any space with their beauty and fragrance. However, wilted flowers have the negative effect, so as per pooja room Vastu, it’s important to make fresh offerings daily to infuse positive energy into the space.

- Lighting camphor or incense sticks is another recommended technique for refreshing the stale air inside the pooja room and bringing good energy.

- Meditating every day in the pooja room helps to balance the ‘Agya chakra’, which increases one’s knowledge and intelligence, as well as the ‘Sahasra Chakra’ that influences spiritual power. Both these energies are vital to improving your life, including attracting wealth, prosperity and success.

- Use soothing colours such as white, cream or light blue for the pooja room walls to create a tranquil ambiance that is ideal for meditation and prayer. Find a painter to help you get the right colour on your pooja walls.

- The pooja room should have a threshold at the entrance. The reason behind this is that it helps to keep insects from entering the space.

- The doors of the pooja room or unit should open outwards.

- A pyramid structure for the roof of the pooja room or unit is ideal for maximizing positive energy.

Don’ts: What to avoid as per Vastu for pooja rooms

 Living room by homify

Pooja Unit


Avoid placing the pooja room inside the bedroom or against a bedroom wall

According to the guidelines for Vastu in Pooja rooms, it is inauspicious to place the pooja room inside a master bedroom. In a small apartment or house, where there is no other place, the pooja room can be arranged inside the children’s bedroom. However, in such cases, it is essential to ensure that the room is kept spotless always.

Never have the pooja room near a bathroom

The bathroom is the area in the house that has the maximum negative energy. During the design of a pooja room within a house, it’s essential to ensure that the pooja space doesn’t share a wall with a bathroom.

What to avoid in a Pooja room in the kitchen

The mural apartment:  Dining room by S Squared Architects Pvt Ltd.

Although it’s not ideal to place a pooja room in a kitchen, in small houses, where there is no other space, you can have the pooja mandir in the kitchen. However, it should not have a cabinet on top of it. Similarly, you should avoid having a sink or a stove under the unit. The trash bin should be kept as far away as possible from the pooja space. The northeast corner is the best location for a pooja room within a kitchen. You should also avoid placing the pooja room inside the store room.

Find inspiration from these 10 pictures of pooja rooms in kitchens.

Is it all right to have the pooja room in living rooms?

Pooja design :  Dining room by Space Collage
Space Collage

Pooja design

Space Collage

While there is nothing wrong with having the pooja mandir in the living room, you need to ensure that it is placed in the right direction to bring good vibrations. The northeast corner is the recommended space for the pooja unit. The reason for this is that sunlight refreshes the energy in the area every morning. Ideally, the pooja space should have a window in the north or east walls so that it benefits from the early morning sun.

In a living room, you want to keep the pooja are private, especially when you are entertaining guests. If you use one of the simple pooja mandir designs for your living room, choose a unit that has two shutters instead of one. Get a unit made from high-quality material such as natural wood or marble.

Is it all right to have the pooja room facing the main door?

A pooja room is full of positive energy that radiates through the rest of your house. This is the reason you should never place a pooja room opposite the main door as the energy will flow out of your house every time the door is opened. Additionally, the pooja area is supposed to be peaceful and meditative, and this can’t be achieved when it is near the entrance door, which is the busiest part of any home.

What rules does Vastu for pooja rooms prescribe for the idols in the space?

Pooja:  Living room by Vdezin Interiors

Vastu Shastra lays down guidelines regarding the placement, size and the condition of the idols inside a pooja mandir. The idols or images that you arrange in the pooja unit should be in immaculate condition. Broken idols or torn images should be avoided as they bring negative energy. The ideal size of an idol is around 3 inches. It is not advisable to have an idol bigger than 14 times the width of your middle finger. A common question many home owners ask is – in which direction should god face in the pooja room? The best direction to place idols is in either the east or the west, as it is considered auspicious to face in these directions when offering prayer. Never hang images or arrange idols on the north or south walls on the house. When arranging idols, ensure that there is at least half an inch gaps between them and the wall to allow energy to flow freely through the space. Don’t arrange idols so that they face each other.

Never place photographs of deceased relatives or family members inside the pooja room.

Which level in the house is best for the pooja room as per Vastu?

The pooja space should be located on the ground floor of the house. According to the guidelines of Vastu for pooja rooms, you should avoid designing the space in the basement or the first floor of the house.

What are some of the other things to avoid according to pooja room Vastu?

Pooja Unit - Origami Spaces(  Stairs by Origami Space Design
Origami Space Design

Pooja Unit—Origami Spaces(

Origami Space Design

Among the things to be avoided in Pooja rooms as per Vastu Shastra guidelines are:

- Don’t sit directly on the floor when offering prayers. You should sit on a low stool or seat.

- Never place the pooja room in the south.

- Avoid having the pooja area under the stairs.

- Don’t place idols brought from old temples inside your pooja room.

- Don’t keep money or any valuables in the pooja room

Designing a pooja room as per Vastu is not an easy task. It’s advisable to consult a Vastu professional or a Vastu-trained interior designer to get every element right so that you can experience the positive energy that invites health, wealth and happiness into your home.

Find more tips on how to design a pooja room.

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