A special room for the Gods is present in almost all the Hindu houses. A small cubicle is reserved to perform all kind of traditional rituals. However, in the ancient days a 'pooja' room was not built inside the house (except the Brahmins). There was a separate place outside the house for the family deity called Kudumbakshethram' or family temple. Nuclear families paved a path for it to dwell inside the house. Here are some interesting interior decoration tips according to Vaastu Shastra for your pooja room.
Pooja room is best located in the Northeast corner of the house, as this side is governed by Eeshwar. This direction promises to bring in happiness, prosperity, health, wealth, and peace of mind. Make sure this corner is not used as bedroom, kitchen or any other room. There should not be any toilet or kitchen, below or above or adjacent to the pooja room. Never locate pooja room under the staircase. It should be always in the ground floor and never in the basement.
Place only light weighted pictures or idols of Gods inside. It can face west, east or north, but it should never face south. The face of the Gods should not be covered with anything not even flowers and garlands. They should not face each other and should be placed atleast an inch far away from the wall. Do not keep broken idols or pictures inside, instead properly viserjit all the broken and old idols in the river.
should be placed in front of the God inside the 'Thalam' (plate). Place it in the door and not on elevated platforms. The oil lamp should have two flames one facing east and the other facing west.
Roof & Flooring-
Use false ceilings in the prayer room, as the roof of the room should be lower in comparison to the other room. You can go for white or light yellow marble work. Avoid hanging bells.
the colour of the walls can be white, light yellow or light blue.
The cupboards or cabinets in the room should never be more in height in comparison to the placement of idols.
one shutter door, spring door or automatic door closer should not be used. It should preferably be double-leaved door with decorative 'soothrapattica'. The doors and windows should be in north or the east and should not be made of tin or iron grills. It should be positioned at the center of the wall.
The idols should be decorated with fresh flowers daily.
All the material used for pooja should be placed in the south east of the room. No other articles should be kept in the pooja room. Do not hide or keep money or valuables in the prayer room.