How To Decorate Pooja Room

by Pooja Dara | January 13, 2024 | 5 mins read

How to decorate pooja room

Pooja rooms (mandirs) are sacred spaces that are filled with positive and spiritual vibrations. These rooms are where you often gather for peaceful prayers in times of need and joy. Here’s our lowdown on some amazing decor ideas that can take your pooja room to the next level

According to Vastu Shastra (the science of architecture), the pooja room needs to be ideally placed in the northeast direction of the house as it is considered a divine direction. If that’s not possible, then you can also opt for the north or east direction as the second-best option. If you’re looking for more Vastu tips to ensure the purity of your pooja room and keep negative energies away for good, we have covered them for you here.  

Now that you’re aware of the auspiciousness of the pooja room, let’s move ahead and discuss the different ways in which you can decorate your tranquil and serene nook at home and welcome the gods. 

How To Decorate Your Pooja Room At Home?

  • Mark out the pooja room from other places in your home by choosing a distinctive door design for it. You may opt for traditional filigree work, latticed enclosures (intricate jalis) or wooden doors with carvings for placing bells and diyas. These design elements are timeless and offer you partial/full privacy while praying 
  • Paint the walls of the pooja room with auspicious shades of orange and yellow to create a sort of openness in the small space, add a dash of brightness and attract positive vibes 
How to decorate pooja room by choosing a distinctive door design for it
Create a special temple showcase of glass and wood for the idol and pair it up with some green plants on the outside and some white flowers and artificial lights on the inside
  • Some people prefer sitting on the floor while praying and some prefer standing up while doing the same. To liven up the pooja room and also for a little convenience, play around with soft furnishings and fabrics like brocade and silk in decorative cushions (can be used as a seat as well) and pair them up with a matching rug and curtains 
  • Who says the pooja room needs to be inside the four walls of the house? You can convert a covered balcony/gazebo into a prayer room instantly by installing some prayer mats (pooja asanas), tulsi plant, diyas and lights and symbolic artwork. All these elements can give your pooja room the aura of purity and naturalness
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How to decorate pooja room at home
This loft-style pooja space looks lovely with the gold Buddha statue against the dark grey wall with an ethnic pattern of stones framed within it and is accentuated by lanterns and oil lamps
  • Create a pretty backdrop for your idols/deities with auspicious symbols like om/swastika or engraved leafy patterns to accentuate the comparatively simple altar 
  • Add plenty of bells and a few brass lamps in your pooja room since they add a touch of colour and also produce soothing vibrations when rung to maintain a pious atmosphere

How To Decorate Your Pooja Room With Flowers?

Flowers are extensively used during poojas as they are their most beautiful natural creations. So, flowers need to be incorporated into your home in one way or another. 

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Decorate the doorway of your pooja room with garlands of marigold/tuberose/jasmine and torans framing both sides of the door or neatly spread loose hibiscus/lotus flower petals across the altar 
  • Create religious symbols on the floor or around the brass lamps using flowers and some rangoli colours if you wish. Alternatively, you can simply decorate the deity with some flower garlands 
  • You can also decorate a brass urli by pouring some water into it and placing some flowers/diyas on it. Else, you can place flowers in a vase as well
How to decorate pooja room with flowers
Flower vases, candles and incense stick holders placed on this multilevel white platform gives the prayer room a simple yet sleek look against the light grey walls

How To Decorate Your Pooja Room With Lights?

Using effective lighting in the pooja room is just as essential as adding or modifying any of its other design elements. The right kind of lighting helps to set a divine, warm and positive ambience. 

Here’s the list of lighting options that you can choose from:

  • A mini-chandelier/decorative ceiling light
  • Battery-operated tea lights or string (fairy) lights
  • A strip of LED lights 
  • Backlights 
  • A lampshade or floor lamp
  • Dimmable focus lights
  • Panel lights or concealed LED lights
  • Candles, diyas and traditional temple lamps/lanterns (natural or electric)
  • Natural sunlight (if you’re lucky enough to get a spot by the window)
How to decorate pooja room with lights
Incorporating artificial temple lamps on the shelves instantly brightens up the space and looks elegant as well
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You can pick a selected few from the above list and use them to decorate your pooja room entrance and walls, highlight your idols and religious paraphernalia and so on. It all depends upon your creativity but make sure that the overall effect isn’t overwhelming to the eye as it is a small space indeed.  Check out more pooja room lighting ideas here.

All in all, the pooja room should be designed and decorated in such a way that it ends up looking like a unique and stunning focal element of your home. However, do keep in mind that it should be best suited to the style, layout and size of your home as well as should be easy to clean and maintain. So, just don’t keep waiting here and start exploring the various possibilities. We’re eagerly waiting to hear from you!

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Pooja Dara is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Pooja Dara

Pooja Dara is a freelance writer and editor with over seven years of experience and has worked for several reputed companies in multiple niches. Having made a switch from quantitative research (of leading FMCG and durable brands) to secondary research, she is now an independent content specialist who believes in creating value for her clients through her work. She is also passionate about photography, spirituality, dogs, and traveling.

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