Every Hindu household has a sacrosanct place where the family deity and gods are housed. The worshipper sets the puja ingredients meticulously to his/her satisfaction. It is also good to have a personal nook for praying or meditating.
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- Assign a room or a fixed place (preferably a secluded corner) for worship in your house.
- Procure the idol of the deity and place it on a raised platform, say a low stool covered with a clean piece of cloth or else, place it in a wooden/brass shrine.
- Get an incense container to keep the incense sticks in; a stand to set the sticks on and a matchbox to light them.
- Get these utensils - a small plate on which to serve sweets before the deity; a glass for serving water; a medium sized plate for keeping the flowers on before offering; small pots and urns if needed.
- Place small earthen or brass lamps (diyas) with oil and cotton wicks in front of the deity.
- Keep a miniature fan (chamór) for puja.
- You should also keep a Sanskrit wall hanging, some prayer books, and the Gita in your Puja room.
- Keep the place sparkling clean. Make sure there is least possible distraction while you are praying.
- To make lamp-wicks, take a wad of cotton, press and roll it between your palms into an elongated mass.
- There are no firm rules regarding the setup of the puja room. Complete devotion is what is needed.