While designing the interiors for your urban home, finding the perfect spot for your mandir or pooja room can be a bit challenging. At Livspace, we acknowledge that while space can be a constraint in urban homes, that should not get in the way of meeting your lifestyle needs. If you’re looking for the right pooja room design – be it modern, traditional, or transitional, your search ends here! No matter what your design aesthetic may be, we have a pooja room that suits your requirement perfectly! Let’s start by taking a look at how you can design your pooja room.

Now that you know how to make your mandir an ocean of calm, check out our favourite pooja rooms, made especially for our clients to suit their needs and home interiors. Take a look at our collection to be inspired with a fresh outlook for your mandir design.

Your pooja room design depends on its location

#1: Pooja room that fits into a niche

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Choose a finish that matches your home decor

Niches can get a designer touch too! Take a look at this stone-finish grey laminate that adorns the walls of this niche. Such units blend seamlessly into the home that’s done up in grey and white. This way, a design can be customised to blend with your home decor. And they fit in almost anywhere!

#2: Pooja room inside kitchen

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A sweet and compact pooja unit

Vastu shastra recommendations suggest that we avoid having a mandir in the kitchen. At the same time, it is advisable to keep the pooja unit in the kitchen when the only alternative is to place it in an inauspicious direction or a wall adjoining the bathroom. So, what’s the ideal position to keep this unit inside the kitchen? Consider having a pooja room design facing the north-east or east. Also, vastu recommends that the pooja unit should be to the left or right of the stove. Avoid keeping the unit above the hob or the sink!

So, for your kitchen mandir, look for an elegant but minimal unit that fits right into the space and usher positivity into your family!

#3: Mandir unit in the bedroom

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While sleeping, point your feet away from the mandir in your bedroom

Oftentimes, space is the biggest constraint in having a dedicated space for prayer. In such cases, take your cue from this design and demarcate a space for your pooja room in the bedroom. Vastu recommendations suggest that your pooja room should face the north-east or east. In addition, ensure that your feet do not face this space while you sleep!

Wondering how to give your sacred space the right vibes? Choose the right background for it! You can choose auspicious colours like white or light shades of yellow, orange, green and blue to usher in positivity while blending with your bedroom decor. Add a platform to keep your idols and watch your pooja space be transformed!

#4: Pooja Unit in the Living Room

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Wall mounted mandir units save on space

If you do not have a dedicated space for a pooja ghar, placing it in the living room is the best option. The living room is a vastu-approved location for your mandir. You can either choose a design that complements your living room decor or decide on something contrasting. If you have a modern living room, give it a desi twist with a traditional mandir unit.

And the right material

#1: Small glass mandir

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A dainty glass panel can transform a forgotten corner into a lovey mandir

A backlit frosted glass panel can turn an unused corner into a beautiful pooja room. With dainty floral carvings offset by a white pooja unit in quartz, your place of worship becomes the perfect balance of traditional and modern design aesthetics!

#2: Carved wooden unit

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Detailed wooden carvings set the mood for prayer

Nothing can be as evocative of tradition as carved wood. So if you want your prayer space to be a reminder of your rich heritage, look for a carved wooden design. To complete the look, add metal lamps and bells that complement the unit. Such an awe-inspiring pooja room design in a pristine white colour will effortlessly set the mood for prayer.

#3: Plywood mandir design

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Compact plywood mandir designs fit into most modern homes

If you want to replicate the look of wood but want something more pocket-friendly, look no further than plywood! Consider a simple and compact design that’s built into a niche. Also, don’t forget to add a focus light for the deities. This simple, compact design can be replicated in most urban homes.

#4: Serene ceramic

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Elegant and easy to maintain

This simple and cosy pooja room design can fit into the smallest of spaces! With ceramic for a backdrop and a gorgeous combination of white and gold, this is a divine corner your guests will be jealous of.

#5: Magnificent Marble

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Lights add a bright touch

You would want your mandir unit to look aesthetically pleasing and nothing is as elegant as marble! Go for a marble mandir unit in a vastu-approved pristine white. Shiny brass diyas and pretty focus lights will add a divine aura to the space.

#6: Metal Mandir Unit

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Shiny and stunning!

Using metal for your pooja unit is a unique and gorgeous choice. No space for a pooja unit? No problem! Just place your metal idols on an empty counter and decorate the area with metallic objects. Apart from metallic idols, there are several other ways in which you can incorporate metal in your pooja unit. For a glam look, paint your pooja unit with metallic paint. You can also decorate with metallic motifs for an elegant look.

Maintain the sanctity of the space

#1: Keep it behind closed doors

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Preserve the sanctity of your prayer space by keeping it behind closed doors

Ornate, whimsically white and set apart, this pooja room is every devotee’s dream. The white carved centre unit in a temple style is perfect for a home with traditional decor. By keeping it behind closed doors, you demarcate the space for prayer. And if you want to avoid sitting on the floor while praying, consider using low stools or chairs in the room!

#2: Behind a curtain

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You can demarcate the holy space with curtains that match your home decor

Vastu experts recommend setting your place of prayer apart from the rest of your home. But what if you cannot have a dedicated pooja room? Consider setting the space apart with curtains or a jaali panel. Your modern pooja room would look elegant against a background of dark wooden laminate. Consider a design that comes equipped with ample storage for pooja samagri. You can further decorate it with lamps and drapes in gold and copper tones to embellish the zone. Don’t forget to add curtains to preserve the divinity of the space!

Find something that matches your home decor

#1: Traditional with a backlit jaali panel

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A backlit jaali panel amps up your prayer nook

A backlit jaali panel adds a traditional touch to your place of prayer. It amps up even a simple mandir unit with a platform for your gods. This could be all you need to make your pooja room complete!

#2: Chic and modern

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If you have modern home interiors, consider having a simple yet chic mandir

Want to keep it basic and modern? Opt for a white pooja unit and combine it with a white jaali background. Additionally, brass lamps have been added for embellishment.

#3: South Indian Style

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Grand and divine!

How grand is this pooja ghar! South Indian style mandir designs are all the rage, especially if you like the traditional ethnic look. You can either keep it minimal by making the pooja ghar the focus or add that desi touch with Indian curios and decor items.

Need something more small, without compromising on style?

#1: Fit it into a nook

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Fit your pooja unit into an unused niche

Don’t have a lot of space to spare? Then this pooja room design is best for your home. It fits perfectly into a little niche while looking elegant.

#2: Get an elegant wall-mounted design

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If you have ample wall space, consider a wall-mounted mandir design

This design is the most compact one of the collection. With a small cabinet and a jaali background, it can be mounted on any available wall space. You do not have to compromise on storing your samagri, either! Add a couple of hanging brass lamps to add to the holy vibes.


#1: Pooja Room Accessories

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Keep it simple!

Accessories are an essential part of your home mandir. Diyas, lamps, thalis – these are almost as important as the idol itself. But as per vastu, your pooja room should be clean and uncluttered. So, keep it simple by placing just the bare essentials like diyas. You can use the vertical space for bells to avoid clutter. 

#2: Pooja Room Seating

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Pray and meditate

According to vastu principles, your idols should be at your chest level when you’re seated. So, make sure your deities are placed at a height that is conducive to praying while sitting down. The easiest option here would be to sit on the ground. Place a mat to ensure that it is comfortable during long prayer sessions.

#3: Mandir Ergonomics

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Storage for pooja samagri

While designing your pooja ghar, there are several factors that you should consider. If you have a big family, ensure that there is ample space for everyone to pray. Also, your mandir unit should have cabinets and drawers for all the pooja samagri. Finally, ensure that your pooja room location, placement of idols and diyas are all according to vastu principles

We hope this brand new collection has inspired you. Still setting up your pooja room? Livspace Designers Answer All Your Questions on Setting Up a Mandir at Home. Check it out today!

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