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Points to keep in mind while setting up a pooja room within your house.

MANOJ S. NAIR

ROOTED TO SPIRITUALITY: Vasthu prescribes clear-cut dimensions for a pooja room.

ROOTED TO SPIRITUALITY: Vasthu prescribes clear-cut dimensions for a pooja room.  

ANCIENT INDIA was deeply rooted in spirituality. Earlier, the practice of building a `pooja' room inside a house was not there. There used to be a separate place outside the house for the family deity. It was known as `Kudumbakshethram' or family temple.

Only in Brahmin houses you would have a `pooja' place set up inside the house. They were called `Thevarapura.' A great deal of sanctity was observed in these houses through which many rituals evolved.

Whit the coming of nuclear families, people limited the essential requirements of their houses. However, they never discarded the concept of spirituality and continued to include pooja rooms in their homes.

If the pooja room is in a separate building, it has to be built in the eastern, north-eastern, south-eastern or the western portion of the plot. The `sreekovil' has to face west if it is positioned between the north-eastern and south corners, otherwise it has to face east.

If the pooja room is inside the house, it has to be in the north-eastern or south-western corner of the building. A pooja room can be built at those places where the `madhyasoothra' (centre line of the building) passes.

It is a common practice to set up a pooja room on the north-western corner of a Nalukettu for Brahmin houses. The `pooja' room must be a room with out unnecessary projections and shapes and must obey auspicious Vasthu specifications.

Never locate a pooja room under the staircase. The toilet should not be placed adjacent to a pooja room.

A square room is more preferable for pooja room. It should not face south. It will be more auspicious if the dimension of the pooja room is in tandem with the direction of building.

The door of pooja room must preferably be double-leaved with decorative `soothrapattica.'

The door has to be positioned at the centre of the wall.

Place all the photos and idols in such a way that all of them face towards the centre of house regardless of the direction.

The oil lamp (Nilavilakku) is better to be positioned inside a `Thalam' (plate), which has to be placed on the floor and not on an elevated platform.

It should have two flames, one facing east and other facing west.

Pooja room must only be used for your spiritual activities.

Enter the pooja room with devotion, purity and cleanliness and decorate it with fresh flowers daily.

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