When designing the interiors of a new home, two spaces that take up due time and consideration are the pooja room /mandir and the kitchen. These often come with the constraints of space and spatial orientation (vasstu).
Today, I have Bangalore-based interior designer Jyothika Baleri of Destination Designs sharing over 10 pooja room designs executed in her projects. Over to Jyothika now:
Pooja spaces are an essential part of a home in today’s apartment plans. No separate provisions are made for a pooja space. We need to be innovative about where and how to fit in this unit, also keeping the budget in mind. If the floor plans are larger, a pooja room can be accommodated. It can be as small as 3’ x 3’ and go up to 6’ x 5’. Preferred floor is vitrified tiles or granite as these are stain resistant.
A pooja unit (pooja ghar) is a very personal preference. It can be as simple as a single shelf on the wall to an elaborate room filled with decorative elements.
#1 WALL-MOUNTED POOJA ROOM
For those who prefer just an altar, a small wall mount pooja unit is easily doable. This doesn’t need too much space; any corner with a 2’ wide wall is perfect. Take care to light tiny lamps in these units to prevent any accidents since it’s a tight space and height of the cabinet may be a restraint.
#2 A SPACIOUS POOJA ROOM DESIGN
#3 AN INTRICATELY CARVED POOJA ROOM DESIGN
#4 A WALL MOUNTED POOJA ROOM DESIGN
#5 STAND-ALONE POOJA ROOM DESIGN
If no space is available, stand alone pooja units may be accommodated. It can be an old antique cupboard that can be transformed into a pooja unit or any odd cabinet that is easily convertible. Recycling cabinets is very affordable and eco – friendly.
New stand alone units are easily built. They can be made to the space available. A granite shelf or glass on ply within the cabinet allows for easy cleaning when lighting lamps or agarbathis.
#6 WALL NICHE POOJA DESIGN
Any wall niches available can be converted into pooja units as well. They can be aesthetically treated with a mirror back to create the illusion of more space.
#7 A SEPARATE POOJA ROOM
#8 Pooja Room Design
#9 A STANDALONE POOJA CABINET
#10 POOJA ROOM DESIGN
Here are a few other projects you may be interested in (by this designer):
Image Courtesy: Jyothika Baleri