Vastu Shastra tips for a temple at home


The temple at home, is a sacred place where we worship God. So, naturally, it must be a positive and peaceful place. The temple area, when placed according to Vastu Shastra, can bring health, prosperity and happiness to the house and its occupants. Although a separate puja room would be ideal, this is not always possible in metropolitan cities, where there is space crunch.

How should a temple at home be constructed as per Vastu

When it comes to constructing the temple, do not place it directly on the floor. Instead, keep it on a raised platform or pedestal, advises Parmar. “The temple should be made of marble or wood. Avoid temples made from glass or acrylic. Do not clutter the temple. Ensure that you do not have multiple idols of the same God or Goddess, either in a seating or standing position in the temple. The idol or photos placed in the temple, should not be cracked or damaged, as it considered is inauspicious,” suggests Parmar.

One should be able to perform poojas, wherever the temple is kept. During special poojas, the entire family tends to pray together. Hence, ensure that there is enough space for the family to sit down and pray. The temple area should have good and healthy flow of energy. So, keep it neat and clean, without dust or cobwebs and avoid stuffing the space with too many accessories. Above all, the temple should give you a feeling of serenity and calmness

Do’s and don’ts for decorating a temple at home

  • The light or diya, should be placed on the right side of the person performing a pooja.
  • Decorate the temple with fresh flowers. Light a few aroma candles, dhoop or incense sticks, to cleanse the area and create a divine ambiance.
  • Photographs of the dead/ancestors, should not be kept in the temple.
  • Create a small shelf near the temple, to place the incense, puja materials and holy books.
  • Ensure that there are electric points near the temple, so that one can light up the temple during festive days.
  • Avoid keeping unnecessary items below the temple or dustbins in this area.
  • Some people keep the temple in the bedroom or kitchen. In such cases, hang a curtain in front of the temple, when you are not using the temple.
  • Temple should not be against a wall that has a toilet behind it. It should also not be placed below a toilet on the upper floor.
  • For the temple space, use white, beige, lavender or light yellow colours.

Vastu Home implying South East facing Flats / Apartments- Advantages or Disadvantages


Vaastu rules say that all directions are good. However, the internal layout of the house (position of the kitchen, toilets, bath rooms, bed rooms, mandir, main door, etc.) and cuts/extensions in the shape of the house if any, decide the benefits or losses due to the energy of any direction.

Thus, if the main door is in a direction which is ideal as per Vaastu rules, it will bring in good energy, but if the door is in a direction which is prohibited for an entry by Vaastu rules, it will bring in bad energy. E.g. Vaastu rules do not allow entry from the South West but insist on having the Master bed room in that direction.

Thus, we see that the south west is not a good or bad direction per se; it is the best direction to have a bed room and a very bad direction to have a door. In this article we will discuss about the South East (SE) direction.

  • South-East facing Flats/Apartments are considered a medium type of plot where the occupant has a average success in his/her life. Success comes in little by little.
  • South East facing Flats/Apartments should have a lower compound wall boundary towards east (half )& higher boundary towards the south (other half). Height & width of the boundary should be based on the size of the plot.
  • Main gate (compound gate) should be placed in the auspicious zone on the south-east boundary wall. Ideally it is advisable to make a internal lane on the north-east boundary wall. This will reduce the size of the plot but will help in making a door in positive direction.
  • Leave equal space on south-east and north-west zone of the plot while making a constructions.
  • Avoid slope towards the sotuh-east of the plot or home as this will create a “major vastu fault”.
  • Avoid slope towards the sotuh-east of the plot or home as this will create a “major vastu fault”.
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