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Traditional pooja room design with wooden pillars
Traditional pooja room design with wooden pillars

A curation of 10 traditional and modern puja room / mandir designs for Indian homes. From niches, shelves, wooden pillars to wall mounted units, you’ll love these ideas.

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 (Vastu Shastra).

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 Shelf Unit For Small Spaces

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.

Wall mounted pooja shelf
Wall mounted pooja shelf
Traditional pooja room with wooden doors, granite slab
Traditional pooja room with wooden doors, granite slab

#2: A Spacious  Pooja Room With Pillars and Wooden Doors

Wooden pillars flank this pooja room with foldable door design. It has a storage at the bottom and nails for hanging photos of deities.
Wooden pillars flank this pooja room with foldable door design, granite slab for placing brass lamps. It has a storage at the bottom.
 A closer look at the foldable two door pooja design with storage at the bottom and a pyramid dome.
Pyramid dome pooja design with foldable doors and wooden storage.
Fold and open two door pooja design. This is how it looks when it is closed. The pyramid dome is of a lighter colour for contrast. There is a wooden storage beneath.
Fold and open two door pooja design. This is how it looks when it is closed. The pyramid dome is of a lighter colour for contrast. There is a wooden storage beneath.

#3: An Intricately Carved Traditional Pooja Door Design (With Niches)

Intricately carved wooden pooja door design with hanging brass bells and wall niches for lighting lamps.
Intricately carved wooden pooja door design with hanging brass bells and wall niches for lighting lamps.
Intricately carved pooja door design with backlit wall niches. Modern inside, traditional outside.
Intricately carved pooja door design with backlit wall niches.
Wall niches with backlit LEDs in a pooja room
Wall niches with backlit LEDs in a pooja room

#4: A Wall-Mounted Pooja Cabinet With Storage

Wall mounted puja cabinet with drawers for storage and Tanjore painting on either side.
Wall mounted puja cabinet with drawers for storage and Tanjore painting on either side.
Compact wall mounted puja cabinet with hanging brass bells and drawers for storage.
Wall mounted puja cabinet with hanging brass bells and drawers for storage.

#5 A Standalone Pooja Room Design For Homes 

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.

Mandir design in living room with storage
Mandir design in living room with storage

Here are some more wall-mounted compact pooja room designs for your apartments.

#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. This one is the passage outside the bedroom.

Making room for wall mounted pooja in the passageway outside the bedrooms.
Mandir / puja design in a wall niche in the passage outside bedrooms.

#7 A Separate Pooja Room Design

Traditional separate pooja room design with red oxide flooring and granite slab.
Traditional separate pooja room design with red oxide flooring
Traditional South Indian two door pooja room design with red oxide flooring.
Traditional South Indian two door pooja room design with red oxide flooring.

#8 Pooja Room Design

CNC cutting and glass door with red oxide flooring pooja room design
CNC cutting and glass door with red oxide flooring pooja room design
Pooja room design with glass doors and red oxide flooring.
Pooja room design with glass doors and red oxide flooring.

#9 A Standalone Pooja Cabinet 

A normal wooden cabinet with lamp decals on either side for that traditional look
A normal wooden cabinet with lamp decals on either side for that traditional look

#10 A Wall Mounted Pooja Cabinet 

A compact wall mounted mandir or pooja design in living room.
A compact mandir design in living room.
mandir design

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where should the pooja room be located in the house as per Vastu?

As per Vastu, the ideal location for a pooja room is in the North or East (preferably North East) part of the house – often known as the essanya moolai. Position the deity in such a way that you are facing North or East direction while offering prayers.

Here are a few other pooja rooms in luxurious apartments and houses you will love:

Image Courtesy: Jyothika Baleri

10 Comments

  1. Brinda Patel

    great design for pooja room. thanks for sharing.

  2. Chandrika

    Love pooja room #4 and shelf in wall mounted stand in #1
    Where did you pick up the stand featured in #1.?
    Do you have a different view into pooj room #4?

  3. laksh

    Chandrika,
    it’s a custom built one. But you find similar one just with teh drawers in Urban Ladder – a wall mounted desk.

  4. HI,
    i would like know price of #1 WALL-MOUNTED POOJA ROOM, and also which type of wood is used

  5. Hi. The designs are beautiful. May I please ask where from did you fetch the wodden shelf in design #1. It is very elegent and beautiful. I would need a similar one for my house in Bangalore. Thank you.

  6. laksh

    Hi Soumya, they are all custom made. You can get in touch with Jyotika.

  7. can you give me the dimensions of #9 standalone pooja cabinet

  8. Lakshmi

    It should be about 4 feet in height and 2.5 feet in width

  9. Hi there,

    Where can I find #10? If it’s custom built, who do I reach out to. I love that piece and would love to get one for my house. Please let me know.

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