If you’re observing puja at home, you probably don’t have a pooja mandir. Here, we’ll tell you how to decorate your own pooja mandir at home. Creating your personal mandap or shrine at home is not as easy as it seems. You need to plan and think creatively to create a space that feels like a ‘home pandit’. There are many ways in which you can go about creating a pooja space in your home. The most important thing is to understand the significance of the ritual and make sure that whatever you do for its execution remains true to its essence. So here we have some tips for decorating your own pooja mandir at home:
Light up your pooja mandir with candles
Honey and jasmine scents. Aromatic candles are a great way to welcome the pooja space by inviting positive vibrations and creating a soothing ambience. They not only help you transition from your daily life to the pooja time but also keep the space clean and reduce germs and bacteria. You can choose a fragrance that you like or one that is related to your pooja. In our home, we use sandalwood for Ganesha pooja, rose for Devi Maa, and frankincense for Surya pooja. You can also use beeswax candles, which are more environment-friendly.
Get a fragrance for an inviting entrance
While it is important to welcome the pandit ji with a fragrance, it is also important to welcome the divinity in your home with the same fragrance. This way, you not only create a beautiful start to your pooja but also establish a connection between the two fragrances. In our home, we welcome the pandit ji by burning camphor and then welcome the divinity by giving off the same fragrance. You can try other fragrances like agarwood (Gurh or Haldi), sandalwood, rose, jasmine, and many more.
Decorate the walls with inspiring quotes
Decorating your pooja walls with inspiring quotes is not only beautiful but also a great way to welcome knowledge into your pooja. You can choose quotes that have a connection with the deity you are worshipping or that reflect your intention. For example, if you are worshipping Devi Maa, you can choose from a few quotes like “The Divine is present in all” or “The Divine is present in all phases of life”. This way, the pooja gets elevated by the words and the pooja room gets transformed into a beautiful space. Apart from adding aesthetics and significance, the quotes also help you trigger ideas for meditation.
If you have a courtyard, make sure it’s clean and well-maintained
Many of us do pooja in our courtyards, and if that’s the case, make sure it’s clean and well-maintained. After all, it is the place where you are welcoming divinity. If the courtyard is surrounded by trash and dirt, the ceremony doesn’t get the respect it requires, and both you and the guests feel awkward. To maintain a clean courtyard, you can put a basket or a bin for the trash. You can also keep a broom for cleaning the ground. For potted plants, you can use a saucer for water.
Don’t forget the colour of purity: White
The colour of purity and divinity is white and it represents the colour of a white elephant which is a symbol of prosperity. At the same time, it is also the colour of brightness and peace. For a white, you can use white cloth, white flowers, and even white diyas. If you can, avoid using flowers as they turn yellow and wilt after three days. Instead, you can use coconuts, pennants, rudraksha beads, and neem leaves.
Add a little bit of colour to enhance purity and brightness
Colour is the vibrational frequency of light and the human eye can see only a certain range of colours. Most of the colours from the rainbow are within the red and blue range. So, if you want to add colour to your pooja mandir, you can use the colours like yellow and orange. They represent the sun and are known to be the colours of energy and vitality. These colours are used in the pooja of Surya and Chandra (Moon) since the two are considered to be the givers of energy.
Bring in some greenery too
Green is the colour of growth, abundance, and prosperity, so you can use it to add some vibrancy to your pooja. In addition to this, it also has a cooling effect, so it can reduce any heat or impurities in your space. Some plants that you can include in your pooja mandir include araxa, bougainvillea, palash, neem, pomegranate, and gulmohar. You can use plants in different ways. You can either make a flower garland or use a potted plant to give your pooja mandir a splash of colour.
Don’t neglect the nimbu-chaan
Last but not the least, don’t forget the importance of water. It is the source of life and also represents love and purity. You can offer a cup of nimbu-chaan to the divinity and use the same to cleanse the space before the pooja. It can be stored in a pot or a pitcher and can be kept on the altar or the pooja table. Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, water is also a great way to welcome the divinity into the pooja mandir. It is also important to keep the water pot or pitcher clean and fresh. Now that you know the significance of every item and decoration in a pooja mandir, you can easily create one at home. Follow these tips to create a beautiful pooja mandir at home and welcome divinity in your life!
These are 9 Ways to Decorate Yourat Home. These tips will help you in creating a beautiful pooja mandir at home. It is important to know the significance of the rituals while decorating the space. These tips will help you in creating a beautiful pooja mandir at home where you can perform the Pooja with full devotion.