Great importance is given for the decoration of the
house with the paintings, idols and especially the main door decoration. The
main door was considered very important in ancient days and even today as
the people used to think that all the prosperity and money comes from the
Main door decoration: Care should be taken to decorate the main door. The
objects of the main door as prescribed in the text are:
- Kula Devata: The image of the family deity. Its dimension should not be
more than one hasta (18") of length.
- Two Prathiharis (Sentinels or guards): Well decorated in ornaments
bearing staff and swords in their hands, well clothed, glowing with youth
and beauty, along with lady Prathiharinis and placed on both the sides of
- Dhaatri (a dwarfish nurse): her maid companions should follow it, the
happy jesters i.e. Vidhushakas.
- Shanka and Padmanidhi emitting coins.
- The Asthamangala: on the seat of lotus wearing a sacred garland of eight
- Lakshmi: lotus seated and well decorated and being bathed by elephants.
- Cow with her calf and well ornamented with flower garlands etc.
- Motifs of serpents, giants, owl, wild animals, elephants, daityas, nudes,
fight between God and demons, hunting, house on fire, trees devoid of
flowers should not be placed on the main door.
- Nowadays people in their over enthusiasm to decorate the house use
figures of Gods like Krishna, Ganesh, Vishnu etc. and also many other
The following shlok explains the rules relating the above things:
"Grahe Na Ramayan bhatatha hawan chitram kurupanahvamindra jalikam .
Shilocha yaarnyamayam sadhasuram bheeshmam kurutha krindhanaram
Vaarah shaardhul shiva prudhakavo grudhabi golukapothavayasaa Sashye
nagothadhi vakadhi patrino vichitratha no sharane shubhavaha."
Meaning - To display the following in a house is not good - War scenes from
Ramayan and Mahabharata, Fight scenes using swords, Inderjall (magic)
scenes, Stone or wooden statues of terrifying giants or demons, Scenes of
weeping and crying people in tears. Paintings, potraits, statues: Decorative
lights, chandeliers, bookshelf, vases, flower pots and furniture etc. should
be meticulously and tastefully selected and placed in appropriate settings
so that they look attractive and follow vaastu principles etc.
- The pictures, painting or models of the animals like pigs, snake and
birds like eagle, owl, crow, pigeons, vultures should not be placed in a
- All pictures or wooden or metal figures of wild beasts like tigers,
lions, wolves, bears, jackals, and wild asses, hounds etc. should be
- The heavy furniture should be placed in the SouthWest side of the room
and the light furniture can accommodate in any corner.
- Symbols like Swastik, Om, Rangoli decorations stop the entry of evil
spirits and evil influences in the house.
- The photographs of the ancestors should be placed on the southWestern
side of the house.
- The clock should be placed on the Eastern, Western or Northern wall.
Installation of Idols in homes and other buildings: A pooja or worship
place is a must in a home; it is better to have one in office, factory,
schools, colleges and other buildings too. The appropriate place is the
north-east corner of the building and if not then the north-east corner of
the room in house and central chowk or garden or lawn of other buildings.
The deities like Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar, Surya, Inder should face east or
West and four-headed Brahma, six-headed kartikeya, five faced Shiv can be
placed facing any direction. Hanuman ji should face southwest.
Whatever is exhibited should be pleasing to the eyes and mind bringing joy
and cheer to those who view them; aesthetic and cultural aspects also should
be borne in mind, while selecting decorative pieces or paintings and
pictures and placing them in our home.