No Indian household is complete without a dedicated space for the Gods. Yes, average Indians are quite religious and therefore, professional designers always ensure an elegant abode for the Gods always form an intrinsic part of their designs. We are more familiar with the term ‘mandir’ than any other corresponding synonym.
What is a mandir? It is a space inside Indian homes (it could verily be a ledge or a shelf) dedicated to the Almighty. Owning beautiful mandirs at home has historically been a statement of sophistication that continues to this day. Somewhere down the line, the historical custom became a norm and today we have some of the most intricate mandir examples as mandatory aspects of all
So, today I have come up with the top 10 mandir designs which will perfectly satiate your desire to have the best space granted to the Almighty!
This setup is for those who are not overly ritualistic, or in other words, those who are simply happy with the presence of God by their side. The wall unit holds the marble statues perfectly with enough space left for the other assortments. The white cabinet inside the timber pillar paves the way for a quaint mandir that occupies your attention just enough!
This is one of the most flexible mandir designs on this list. We claim so because this design can fit in homes and apartments of all sizes or categories. If you have a duplex apartment of over 1500 sq. feet, you can further increase the grandeur of this design. On the other hand, smaller apartments can also accommodate this design of a modest drawer adorned by the individual elements and a dedicated seat for worshipping.
Owing to lack of space, there are many homes where the mandir is placed inside the kitchen. A particular corner is chosen and sectioned off completely. Some wall units are then installed forming the mandir entirely.
Connotations of the word ‘somber’ are always negative. However, if you check out this design, you will realize how tradition has met elegance here and made an entire traditional mandir inside homes. Sure, a replication of this design will only suit larger apartments, but a separate room can definitely be designed along these lines and retain this sophistication.
This harks back to the ancient times of Buddhism where everything was minimal and highly organized. This arrangement will cost you the least while also give you a pleasant mandir powered by wooden shelves and drawers. Here the mandir is in the dining room, but you can really make this space anywhere you deem fit.
This architectural engagement brings together all the qualities of warm light and mingles them with the magic of minimalism. Notice how this comparatively small mandir brings to your attention the warmth of the room. Moreover, the vibrant saffron plays the important role of inviting more light into the room, therefore, giving a sense of increased space.
Well, we don’t really stack our Gods, do we? We position them somewhere quite intelligently so that you can’t really ignore the dominating presence of the Almighty. This arrangement looks neat and can be placed in any household (because the cabinet does not require too much space).
You can separate the living room from the designated space for a mandir from the carved wall and then decorate it according to your aesthetic preferences. For instance, this black-bordered golden frame beautifully contrasts with the dominant white and gives away enough space to accommodate all your religious aspirations.
Well, it doesn’t really require much space to have all your favorite heavenly Gods in one place. Creativity is enough for that! Check out this beautiful corner dedicated to a quaint, little mandir made from nothing but some plywood panels.
Check out the smallest mandir at home. So what if you live in a small studio apartment or even a 1 BHK? You can get creative all the time, and dedicate a shelf to your benevolent Gods and make a small, beautiful mandir for them. Only ensure that there is room enough for lanterns, picture frames, and lamps.
If you loved this curated list, you should delve deeper into such ideas with even more intricate and creative designs. Good luck!