Without a pooja room the house is just a dwelling. The best location of pooja ghar is in the northeast of the house as this corner is known as Isshan (corner for Ishwar or God). North and east are less suitable and south of the house should be avoided. The ideal place for the alter is the east or west so that the person offering prayers can face east or west. North providing the magnetic energy is also the sector blessed by Lord Kuber — money.
The idols should be kept in the east and the west of the pooja ghar. It should not be towards north and south. As while worshipping one should face either east or west.
Photographs of God and Goddess should not be hung on the north or south wall.
The size of idols at home should not be more than 3 inches.
Idols should not be kept facing each other, any chipped or broken statues should be removed.
Wood or marble are the ideal material to use.
The idols and images can be placed on a wooden platform. White, cream, light blue can be the colour of the walls.
Pictures of the deceased should not be placed on the alter.
In a small flat make place for pooja ghar in the northeast corner of the children’s bedroom, or kitchen but not under the kitchen platform.
Toilets should be avoided near the pooja ghar.
Almirah can be placed on the west or south wall of the pooja room. No valuables should be placed in the pooja room.
The pooja room should be inside the house, ground floor is always better than the basement or the first floor.
The faces of god should not be covered with anything including garlands and flowers.
Any item, showpiece, idols of god etc, removed from pooja room should not be kept elsewhere in the house, and should be immersed in a river.
Doors if any, should be wooden with two shutters either in north or east with a threshold, window is ideal in north or east.
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