Wooden Home Temple
Prayer or Pooja is the single most powerful force in our daily lives that can provide us with the necessary spiritual and mental strength based on which we can take the right recourse and react positively. The figure of god’s form that occupies such a central role in all of us naturally deserves the highest honour.
This wooden home temple displays all the perfect characteristics that portray our respect and honour of the divine. Carved of prime quality rosewood, the mandir carries the body on a lovingly engraved, relief beaded base supported within a square structure with wood temple carved and curved feet on the corners. An elegantly carved ornamental border hangs beneath the pedestal between the twin front corners and just under the edge of the upper panel. Along the edges of the pedestal the border is dotted with fine permanent paint. Along the border of the pedestal’s surface which tapers below, the wood is carved with a regular circular design all around.
Above this is a well placed pair of draws with strong wooden knobs, to store regular puja gear. A delicate floral design is embedded into the wood at either ends aside the draws. Atop this part stands the lord’s seat which is safely surrounded by venerably carved pillars. Between the front and rear pillars, beautifully carved balustrade styled parapets are placed, which at the front cross the pillar, change form, taper down and touch the entrance. At the centre of this plane is a circular bordered cylindrical shaped wooden elevation on which the deity takes position. The backdrop is a paneled laminate with two curve topped window designs which can be used to affix images of the lesser deities. At the lower end of the backdrop, there are three equally spaced floral designs chiseled in small square perimeters.
The roof tapers down to a reflex angle and is bordered at the edges with carved out semi circular borders each hung down. From each groove a tiny hanging bell is suspended which looks very appealing to the eye. The roof is covered with a half pyramid shaped top, over which sits the central shikaram, escorted by two smaller ones. As the three stepped pyramid structure rises, each step is adorned with neatly rounded and grooved shikharas at either side. The face of each step is carved into beautiful rotund designs which give the cubicle a grand look. Rising from the centre of the first step and reaching beyond the second there is a small arch to depict a portal which can seat another smaller figure of the deity.
Overall the structure is a classic example of ancient Hindu architecture and copiously captures the form into one of beauty and grace.
The presence of a Pooja chamber in most of our Indian homes is an index to our religious beliefs and the faith we demonstrate on god. The care and caution that we exhibit in planning our Pooja room, and the central seat of the lord, is therefore an indubitable indication of our faith in the divine force.