DIY Home Puja Mandir

For years I have admired and wanted a home puja mandir. They are like tiny temples for your home and many are intricate and lovely. The only trouble is they are extremely expensive whether you buy here in the U.S. or ship here from India. So I’ve long admired them from afar.

I was impressed to discover recently that people are making their own home puja mandir.

This woman did an IKEA hack and turned a dresser into a home puja mandir:

That little corner where God resides….

And she has a gallery of photos that people have submitted of their mandirs following her directions: https://theexperimentalbakerhomemaker.wordpress.com/readers-gallery/

These three built a simple frame from thin wood and decorated with molding pieces:

This woman modified cabinets with decoration:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/489062840765927829/

And most unique and affordable of all, I was blown away by this home puja mandir created from a cardboard box!

Pooja Room Mandir – Do it Yourself

Then I found a few more made from cardboard boxes in various ways:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-temple-at-home/

http://outofboxcreations.blogspot.ca/2015/11/puja-mandap.html

I’m going to be working on making a small table for a friend and once I’ve got that basic woodworking project completed I think I’m going to try to make one of the wooden home puja mandir. In the meantime, the cardboard box version is something I could do right away.

So I gathered supplies from around the house and I created this in about an hour:

home puja mandir

Here is a video that I made of me creating this (it is speeded up to about a minute and a half):

Afterwards I added another great detail. The shelf it is on is dark, so I cut a circle at the top and laid over it this little rechargeable light (that I already had to use for feeding in the middle of the night). It looks so nice lit up! I’m going to add more jewels and garlands to the background too.

puja mandir

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  • Hidimbi

    These DIY ones are very beautiful! You can also sometimes find really beautiful and affordable mandirs at your local Indian grocery. The ones at my local Desi grocery are made of light weight wood and coated with delicately pressed and painted golden foil. It depends one how big your deities are though, mine are small, so a wood and foil mandir was under $30 for me.

    • Ambaa

      I’ve seen them sometimes but I always assumed they would not be affordable. That’s a very good price!

      • Hidimbi

        There are some really nice ones which can be cost prohibitive – made out of very high quality woods and metals with intricate inlays. But, there are also ones made handicraft style out of lightweight woods and foils. They can be affordable and also very beautiful.

        To be honest with you, for a long time I used to be too afraid to pick them up and examine them in the store because I was afraid of being perceived as gauche or disrespectful. I thought that maybe I would drop it. Or that maybe someone will come up to me and say “Ummm…can I help you miss!?” (I get social anxiety so that prospect used to be a legitimate concern! lol). Honestly… I used to fear that maybe someone would think I was contaminating or polluting the mandir in some way by touching it, and they’d be offended and disappointed if I touched it and decided not to buy it. But, that was just my irrational fear which was dispelled with experience.

  • Vivek Vikram

    Amba, this is what we do. Buy a wooden closet and put your murthies and framed photos of deities inside , add some fancy LED lighting and you are good to go. In india we have concrete or granite shelves on wall that is our pooja dham.

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