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Vastu is the ancient architectural science of our land. It has gained wide acceptance over the ages as a trusted system of construction of buildings known as Vastu Shastra and has since risen to the position of being counted among the sacred scriptures.
Continuing with the various parts of a place of residence, let us have a brief look here, at the Vastu principles governing the Pooja room.
There can be nothing like divine blessings in a person’s life. A Pooja room is a place for prayers in a house. This can be deemed as a mini-temple, and when maintained with due care and reverence, it can provide great blessings to the entire family.
It is ideal to earmark a place exclusively to the Gods and their worship in a house, however small it is. Vastu holds the auspicious Ishan, the Northeast corner of the house as the most suitable place for having such a Pooja room. If this is not possible, then such a space can also be provided in any one of the directions — East, West or North. While daily prayers can be offered in such a Pooja room, special rituals like Homa or Havan can be performed at Brahmasthan, the center of the house or in the courtyard.
A Pooja room or the place of worship is the most sacred part of a residence, and hence, greatest of care should be taken in its construction and maintenance. Even when space constraints make it less possible to have an exclusive Pooja room in the house, this place should not be made as a part of the bedroom. While Venus controls the bedroom, the ruling planet of the Pooja room is Jupiter, who also denotes children and finance. Jupiter is inimical towards Venus, and hence, a place of worship in a bedroom can result in the clash of these powerful planets. This may deny the residents the full benefit of divine blessings, while also causing problems in other fronts.
Similarly, there can be no Pooja room around the toilet for obvious reasons, and so is the case underneath the stairs. The much-followed practice of having a place for worship in the kitchen is also not recommended, as the malefic Mars, ruling over the kitchen can impact the spiritual influence of the auspicious Jupiter.
If a separate Pooja room is not possible, then can’t the worship of Gods be done at homes at all?
No, it is possible, and there is also a suitable place for it. It is the study room, where images of Gods can be installed, and regular prayers can be offered to them.
A pyramid-shaped Pooja room will provide the ideal platform for meditation and can do immense good for spiritual advancement. It is preferable to have white marble flooring, and entry from East and exit through North, while having the windows in the North. It is recommended that the idols are made only of stone, metals or clay, while the images of Gods should be kept pure and clean. They should also be placed in the East or West so that the devotees also face only these directions while offering prayers. People should purify themselves in all respects before entering the room and offering prayers. If they feel that the pictures of their departed ancestors are to be worshipped there, those should be kept separately in the western portion, away from the divine images. The Pooja room is a sacred place and hence should not contain any other material that is not related to worship.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.
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