Universe is one of the beautiful creations of nature and everything stands alive only in the limelight of truth. Just like every subject of human aspect is governed with rules, regulations acts, similarly the art of worshipping has got certain key factor principles to attain all its benefits.
While planning a house, due to the space constraints, many people tend to ignore a separate pooja room but we must not sideline the need to make a place for GOD. Thus by creating a room for worshipping, we are creating a room to get charged with positive vibrations every morning and that energy will energize our environment, mind, body and soul. Our work efficiency will increase and so the progress, prosperity and peace.
This room should be designed carefully because when you do meditation, you should gain the positive energies and then you can feel charged. If it is in wrong direction, then no matter how much meditation you do, you will not feel charged. There are certain rules which one must follow before the commencement of designing a pooja room.
Vastu Tips for Pooja Room
The pooja room should always be situated in the North, East or the Northeast side of the house. One should face towards East/North while worshipping. Ideally, there should be no idols in the worship room. But if one wishes to keep, the height of the idol should not be more than 9 and less than 2.While worshipping, the legs of the idol should be at the chest level of the person worshipping depending on the position, whether standing or sitting. A Pooja room should never be made in a bedroom or on a wall adjacent to the bathroom wall. One shall not enter the pooja room for any purpose without washing his legs and hands. Cleaning the feet by rubbing them against each other is prohibited. The left hand must clean them and the water must be poured by the right hand. The reared side of the feet must always be cleaned first. In a pooja room, copper vessels only shall be used particularly where water is collected. A triangular pattern of any God should not be drawn in the Pujaghar. The color of the walls of the pooja room should be white, lemon or light blue and the marble used should be white. The worship room should have doors and windows in the north or the east The Agnikund should be in the southeast direction of the worship room. The sacred offerings to the fire should be made with the face towards the east Lamp stand should be placed in the Southeast corner of the pooja room we have to take care of the following points while studying about the Vastu of the pooja room. Vastu consultation of the pooja room involves a thorough analysis. Proper location of the pooja room in the house direction of the EntranceThe direction & placement of the direction & placement of the windows of the God place direction & placement of the almirah containing pooja stuffThe color scheme of the room
1. Location for the Pooja Room:
The best location for the pooja room is north, east or north-east direction. The main reason behind these locations is that the sun rises from east and north direction thus sun rays directly enter the room which is considered auspicious and a blessing from the Sun God. These locations are also considered peaceful and quiet which is appropriate for meditation and prayers. If the architectural design defines a big pooja room, then it can be constructed right in the center of the house.
2. • Placement for the Room:
Many people believe that pooja rooms should be on the first floor or any other convenient place. But, according to Vastu Shastra, the right place for a room is on the ground floor, neither basement nor the first floor. The basement is considered a dark place and having a pooja room in the dark is not a good option. Similarly, constructing a temple on the first floor encourages laziness, inactivity, and lethargy which is again wrong. Thus, to worship God, come to the ground and pray for betterment. In case, there is no space for the construction of a temple; you can always place a small temple in the north-east direction. Avoid south directions as it is considered inauspicious.
3. Places to avoid for a temple:
Nowadays, the trend is to place a small temple instead of constructing a big temple in the house. Vastu says it is better to avoid bedrooms, kitchens and any place near the toilet for a temple. You can place a temple in the living room in the north direction.
4. Placement for the Idols:
Keeping idols in the pooja room is another major task. It should be done with proper consideration and planning. Vastu Shastra explains that the best direction to place all the idols is north-east, east and west directions. Always keep the idols away from the north side because the worshipper sits on the south side which breaks the magnetic rule of earth.
5. Broken Idols and Torn Pictures:
This rule is a must to be followed, may it be a small temple or a big pooja room. Never keep broken idols and torn images in the room as it may cause a distraction in life. Make sure the idols are clean, new and together for a blissful time in the room.
6. Avoid Idols facing each other:
It is often said that the idols must not see each other. Vastu explains that the idols must be placed in such a manner that the worshipper gets to see them clearly and meditate properly.
7. Distance from the Wall:
All the idols must be kept in a position that there is at least an inch distance between the wall and idols. This increases the flow of air; water and incense smoke in every corner of the room and spread positive energies on all the sides of the place.
8. Placement of candles and lamp:
Lamp and candles are lightened in the pooja room to call gods in the place and pray for them in a clear manner. Vastu Shastra says that the lamp must be lightened in the front of the idols.
9. Things to Avoid:
Avoid bells, pictures of dead people, negative war images, torn and broken pieces, dry flowers, faded pictures, rusted lamps and any item that seems to be negative in the room. Also, avoid storing any valuable items, money or jewels as it is considered disrespectful to hide under the temple.
10. Food Offerings:
Often when people pray in the temple, there is always some food, sweets and Prasad offered to gods. It is believed that offering some food items is feeding our gods as a way of respect and gratitude. Vastu Shastra always advises keeping all the food offerings in front of the idols as a mark of respect. Keeping them in front is also less cumbersome and easy to replace.
11. A place for items:
There are many items like lamps, cotton, holy books, etc. The right place for these items is a cupboard situated in the lower south or west wall.
To conclude, having a temple in the house is important. So, construct a temple with rules of Vastu Shastra and welcome all the positive energies, luck and gods with respect, gratitude, and love.