This post is a compilation of 11 pooja room designs in wood and glass for small spaces and apartments.
“Good art inspires; Good design motivates” – Otl Aicher
This quote sums up the idea behind this post. Wouldn’t it be nice to escape for a few minutes to be with yourself, to rejuvenate the body and mind, and retreat from the humdrum of everyday life? There’s so much focus on emotional well being now; I like to believe the traditional pooja and meditation rooms were stress-busters that served the purpose to connect with a higher power and keep the mind in balance. Perhaps the calming effect of the aroma from the incense, the positive reverberation of the chants, or the general energy of the room.
While there was a separate room designated for praying, meditating in traditional homes, the spatial constraints of present day apartments have forced us to rethink the design of pooja room.
This post is a collection of 12 pooja rooms (pooja ghar) designed by Livspace for apartments and homes alike. The versatile designs sporting a prominent use of wood and glass for that right balance of tradition and modernity range from wall mounted to stand alone cabinets.
Wall-Mounted Pooja Units
When space is a luxury, use imagination to fill in the narrow walls. The designs below cleverly use an isolated wall to host the pooja space.
Floating shelves in wood hold the intricate brass statues flanked by hanging diyas. The wall mounted drawer completes the design and serves as storage to hold the pooja items. The handle-less, soft push drawers make the pooja unit blend seamlessly with the rest of the design in the dining area.
You can get creative with the back panel by a wood cladding to bring in warmth. The jaali panel with traditional motifs in white offsets the wood. What works in favor of this subtle design is that it is not demanding of space, and has a clean and uncluttered look.
Contemporary interiors are increasingly becoming popular among homeowners now. The wallpaper as a backdrop in this design ensures continuity of design. The niche gives it a confined and secluded feeling away from the drawing room.
An extension of the previous design. This pooja space is also housed in a niche, but is a tad modern with a lit frosted glass back panel. This is more of a space for meditation. A small trunk box doubles up as storage for pooja samagri.
Stand-alone Pooja Niches
Stand-alone pooja niches are more appealing because even though they do not have a dedicated room, it feels like as if there is one. It’s a clever design that can be made more appealing with jaali doors and side panels.
A dedicated pooja room
This modern pooja room is luxurious and elegant. It uses marble for flooring and walls. The floating shelves hold the frames of deities and lamps. By not overcrowding the space with too many statues, accessories and storage, the space remains the focal point here. What an ideal space for meditation!
Take a moment to reflect. Didn’t this outdoor space make you envious? It has all the elements to calm the mind going in its favor — outdoor, natural lighting, grass, stone-clad walls, plants. An enclosed space such as this is less distracting.
This drawing is meant to clarify all your doubts on dimensions needed to construct a simple pooja space and what materials are often used.
Whether you are a ritualistic person or not, it can help to have a clean, quiet space in your home to spend a few minutes in solitude for achieving inner peace. I hope you can draw inspiration from these designs to carve that sacred space in your home, where you can retreat from the digital world, to recharge.
And oh, while you are here, you may also want to check out these interiors of some real Indian homes done on a tight budget. They are modern, stylish and totally uncluttered.