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In India, across every faith, an integral part of most houses is a home temple or mandir. It serves as a space that provides solace, comfort and tranquility for the members of a family (and even visiting guests). Whether you’re a large joint family looking to create a room of worship for the entire home or you simply need a way to incorporate symbols of your faith in a small space apartment, here are seven mandir design ideas to help you along the way.
Much like one’s faith, the style of a puja room is personal and different for everyone. For some, it can be a quiet place to meditate alone; while for others, a space for bringing a group together in communal prayer. So, the interior design of your home temple room can also be a reflection of your personal choices and style. If you are a muted minimalist, who finds clarity and calmness in simple interiors with clean lines, begin with a fuss-free space where your idol or spot of meditation takes centre stage. For anyone who prefers something more elaborate, a puja room can even be the grandest place in the home to echo their
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devotion and celebration of faith.
STYLE TIP: You can enhance the charm of your idols and religious figurines with complementing objects and décor pieces in the room. In this home temple design, an installation of birds on the ceiling paired with the pattern at the bottom of the drapes lends a unique twist to the space.
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Most urban Indian homes face the tricky challenge of optimally utilising the limited space in their floor plans. Between finding room for each member of the family to having ample space in a living room to entertain guests, it could be difficult to also find the area for a home temple design. However, if you get creative, there can always be a solution. A clever trick is creating a puja room or mandir at home in a nook or corner that would otherwise be a space overlooked. You could also choose a closet space fitted with glass doors to create a mini mandir in the middle of a room.
EASY HACK: Creating a mandir in a cupboard or cordoning off a corner nook with doors for your puja room is a unique way of creating a space that’s private while also keeping dust and dirt away when not in use.
Your home temple design should create a space that leaves you feeling tranquil and calm. Its interior design can incorporate elements that are soothing and relaxing to help you connect to your faith. The right materials and décor finishes will echo this aesthetic in your puja room design. Since your idols can be ornate or heavily decorated, use a lighter theme to balance out the rest of the room. Simple white walls are always the best option for a relaxing space. Mable is a versatile stone that’s cooling, brightens the room, and can be used on the floors, walls, and table or mantle tops.
INSIDER’S EYE: You can pair an element from your religious idols with the finer details in the interiors of the mandir. In this home temple design, the white marble flooring has been taken up a notch with intricate inlay work in semi-precious stones.
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If your home temple is placed in the living room or an area common to regular visitors and guests, you could create an element of privacy with a room divider. As a multitasking fixture, a room divider allows you to block off a space in a room while lending its design aesthetic to the rest of the décor. To complement the symbols and motifs that represent your idols, you can add etchings or stencil cuts on these screens to build a theme in your home mandir. Similarly, room dividers with cut-out patterns or slats will also allow natural light and ventilation to steam into the temple.
STYLE TIP: Sometimes, a home temple can also be a shrine or space to pay homage to a family’s ancestors. A simple way to create this in limited space is with a wooden room divider with framed images of past family members. You could place a stool or chair in the area created next to it for a place to sit during prayer or meditation.
There’s a feeling of being at peace when one is outdoors in nature—something similar to what you’d feel in a temple. So, it would make perfect sense to pair the two if you have the space for it. In larger, independent homes, it could be a unique idea to place your puja room or home temple closer to the outdoors. A material that generally fares well against the elements is wood. A wooden mandir design for a home will be a symbolic homage to the outdoors in a home that overlooks a garden, the ocean or any other form of nature.
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EXPERT ADVICE: Placing a wooden mandir design in a home open to the outdoors also means access to an abundance of sunlight. Play this up by allowing as much natural light and ventilation to enter your home temple design. Simple tricks like slatted wooden partitions or room dividers in place of walls will add interesting interior design elements, while also filtering in light.
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Whether it is to celebrate a festivity in the home or to mark the days of mourning in a family, sometimes the need for a home temple or mandir arises for a limited period of time. When clearing out an entire room for this purpose may not be an option, you could get innovative with quicker, thriftier ways of creating a makeshift mandir. Often overlooked areas such as corridors, a lobby or staircase landing can serve as a place to hold pujas. Instead of building doors or buying room dividers and screens to segregate the mandir, you could try a simple solution with curtains or cloth partitions.
EASY HACK: The tops of several doors or entry points of rooms in Indian homes have hooks for stringing garlands on auspicious occasions. These hooks can be used for hanging drapes to close off a makeshift home temple.
When it comes to decorating the breadths of the walls in a home, we have an infinite list of ideas to choose from. But what about the walls (or the backdrop for an idol) in a home temple design? Similar to your faith, the objets you choose on the walls of your temple’s interior design can stay personal to you and change through the year. During the festive season, you could place strings of fairy lights lengthwise behind the images of gods and religious figures. Or, a screen upholstered in a pattern, colour or texture that complements your idol will play up its grandeur and charm. The choice is yours!
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