Pooja Room in Your House: Spreading Positive Vibes
One of the most important places in the home, a pooja room is the space where you can feel linked to God. It is the most important place in the house. Spending some time in the pooja room in front of the idols will give you lot of energy for the day. It is a place where you feel rejuvenated and energized.
Hindu families are very spiritual and every family member conducts pooja (prayer) at least twice in a day. A traditional Hindu household always has a separate room for pooja and holy rituals. The rituals actually lead to peace and sanctity in the household.
Every family has a separate Pooja room where all the idols are placed in a peculiar order. These may include idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Laxmi. Apart from the idols, the Pooja room also has an incense stand with incense sticks placed on it. One may also come across a Pooja Thali in the Pooja room. You will also find pooja lamps in the pooja room. Paintings of different Gods and goddesses are also found in the Puja room.
One of the earliest refence to Pooja is found in the Grihya Sutras, which provide rules for domestic rites. These Sutras, (500 BC), use the term puja to describe the hospitality to honour priests who were invited to one’s home to lead rituals for departed ancestors. As with Vedic period, the concept of puja remained the same, but expanded to welcoming the deity along with the deity's spiritual essence as one's honored guest.
The Puranic corpus of literature contain extensive reference on how to perform deity puja. Deva puja thus melds Vedic rites with devotion to deity in its ritual form. As with many others aspects of Hinduism, both Vedic puja and devotional deity puja continued, the choice left to the Hindu.
Pooja in Hinduism, has been modelled around the idea of hosting a deity, or important person as a dearest guest in the best way one can, given one's resources, and receiving their happiness and blessing in return
The Hindus believe in multiple gods and each God has a special role to play in the lives of every Hindu individual. Goddess Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Goddess Saraswati is the giver of knowledge. The Lord Shiva is regarded as the destroyer of all evils. Lord Ganesha gets rid of all hurdles and problems that prevent us from progressing. Each deity has a special duty towards the individuals in the house. Having a Pooja room in the house helps to retain the positive energy and nice environment.
A puja room instills a sense of satisfaction and piety in the hearts of every family member. One must spend some time every day in the pooja room. The room must be filled with positive vibes. The fragrance of incense sticks helps warding off all negative energy from the Pooja room in particular and the entire complex in general.
The pooja room in our house should be planned according to Vaastu Shashtra, because it the place where we meditate and worship. So, it is important to gain positive energies to connect to God.
A puja room, or pooja area, is an indispensable part of Hindu home and the position of the Pooja room in house is very important. Usually, the puja room faces east or west side. This direction promises to bring in happiness, prosperity, health, wealth, and peace of mind. North-east is auspicious for other reasons. In morning sunrays fall directly from north-east and give us positive energy. Puja area usually never faces north or south. The ideal position according to many scholars is to position the puja room in the north-east corner.
The idols and pictures of gods and goddess should be placed facing west or east. The idols and portraits should not be placed on the ground. It should be placed on a small table or should be hung on the wall.
According to Vaastu principles, the Puja room should be in the northeast or north. This is because when the sun rises early at dawn, the first ray must penetrate the room. In the morning prayers are invoked for the Gods/goddesses. The early morning Sun’s rays have a very beneficial effect on our health.
Also the Pooja room should be located at the centre of the house so that there is proper ventilation of air. A puja room must not be at the basement. A pooja room must not be located adjacent to bathroom or toilet.
A pooja room must not be in the bedrooms and one must not place broken idols or torn pictures in the puja room.
So pray to God in your pooja room and feel refreshed and energized.