Following the right Vastu guidelines for the pooja room will help protect it from negative energy and enhance the positive energy emanating from the mandir. Although the pooja room in itself is meant to bring good energy to the home, when it is not designed according to Vastu Shastra principles, problems may arise.
Some of the things that affect the positive energy flow are such as the direction of the pooja room, the arrangements of things in the room, colours and lighting among other things. To find out more, please continue reading this article in order to know more about how to make your pooja room a Vastu compliant space…
The centre of the house is the most ideal place to position the pooja room so that its positive energy can radiate all around the house. The pooja space should be used only for prayer and only deities, idols and religious texts should be kept in the pooja room.
The size of the pooja room is not at all important. It can be just a small mandir placed in the centre of the house or even in the kitchen, however the location is very important. Find out below what the most auspicious directions are for the placement of the pooja room according to the size of your home.
For small homes with no space for a pooja room, the mandir can be placed in the North-East corner of any room except the bedroom, toilet and store room. The kitchen is a good place for a mandir in a small home. For more inspiration, here are some ideal pooja rooms for a small apartment.
If you have an average sized home, the best direction for the the pooja room is the North-East direction, while East or West come in as second-best directions. The reason for this is that the morning sun in the North-East direction has the most beneficial effect on our health. It also affects our mood and calms our mind, making it easier to meditate on focus on stillness.
In a large home, the pooja room can be located right at the centre of the house, like how it was meant to be located in the old days. In this position, the pooja room can radiate its energy all over the house and it allows proper flow of energy throughout the home. If you have a courtyard in the middle of the house, it would be the best place for a pooja room as it receives the most amount of natural light as well. If you can afford it, it's best to consult with a Vastu professional or Vastu-compliant interior architect.
Most importantly, remember that the pooja room should never be placed in the basement. This is because the basement does not receive much natural light, if any at all and that is highly inauspicious for the placement of a pooja room according to Vastu Shastra. Ideally, the pooja room or mandir should be placed on the ground floor in a place with lots of natural light or at least artificial light.
Another taboo when it comes to the placement of the pooja room is on the upper floors. This is because it is believed that pooja room should be easily accessible for everyone, including the sick and elderly or disabled who might not be able to climb up the stairs as easily as everyone else or maybe not at all.