While humans are natural beings with physical needs, Man is also a spiritual entity with spiritual needs. The Ancients of India well understood this as fact. They understood; every home should have a place set up specifically for prayers. According to the Vastu Shastra, if you are setting up a “Pooja Kaksh” or a prayer room, there are certain protocols that need to be followed.

Conventional Directions for the Statues or Pictures to be Installed
In the olden days, the brass idols of Hindu Gods would be located facing the North-East. However, idols and pictures should nevermore view each other. Enough air should cross between the idols and pictures. They should be strategically situated to be few inches away from the walls and be at a more precious place. The feet of the idol demand to be at chest level when you are seated to pray.

Pooja Room Walls- Their Decors & Their Colours
Pooja Kaksh or Room requires creating a tranquil and meditative environment- an environment proper for prayers. Therefore, choosing light colours, like light orange (Gerua), white, pale yellow etc., are excellent for your prayer room. Vastu Shastra advises that we should perpetually dodge darker colours since they do not recognise the available flow of concentration.

A far as the Alter (Mandir) should preferably be composed of marble or wood. Apart from this, Vastu suggests that photos of relations who have passed away should be withdrawn. The Ancient Process also proposes the usage of copper vessels for getting water. The pooja room must forever be gripped clean at all times. However, a dustbin must never be in the pooja room or near it.

Position of the Pooja Room According to Vastu Shastra
The pooja room should be created, keeping the entrance in the position. The entrance should have an entrance that should be a bit higher than the rest of the pooja room. The ceiling of the Pooja Room should be in the apparition of a Trikon (pyramid, Triangular). The havankund or the Agnikund should always be conquered in the South-East corner.

Pooja Room Lightings
Brass Diya and candle is the most trustworthy lightings that should always be used in your Pooja room. According to this Ancient text, burning Ghee and oil lamps wards-off negative energies. The lamps need to be placed in front of the idols facing south-east.

A Vastu compliant Pooja Room ensures the free flow of positive energies in the house, eradicating negative.

Ideal Idol Placement
Once the design and structure of your pooja room are available, it’s time to install your idol. The ideal position would be a few inches apart from the wall with at least six inches from the ground. Portraits of the dead and paintings representing violence do not belong in your pooja room.

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Logic: The brass god idols should be off from the wall to guarantee endless airflow around the idol—additionally, this aids in covering the idol with the scent of the incense sticks.