A Pooja/prayer room in the house is a smaller version rather a mini version of a Hindu temple where the deity is worshiped everyday. The idols of God/Goddess is decorated with flowers, lamps are lite and prayers are said in that room. It is the most pious place in a Hindu home.
Visiting grandparents during summer vacations was always fun. Both set of my grandparents house had a dedicated pooja room with small bells on the carved wooden door. Every morning, I would watch my grandmothers (whichever house I was in) give bath to the idols, decorate with flowers, offer fruits and say their prayers.
Their Pooja rooms were very similar to these pictures:
My mother's temple was similar to this:
When I moved to US after my marriage, I wanted to bring one such temple with me but was not sure if I would have a place to set up. So set up my pooja space on a table, on a book shelf and also had it on a wall shelf.
These are the only two pictures I found from the album.
Few months later, moved the temple here. Remember this space by the staircase in the house tour?
We had this IKEA LACK side table. I removed the legs and used the table top as a foundation for my temple.
Peacocks are often found near temples in India. I guess not anymore.
The bananas are the offering to the deities.
One will find similar wooden temples in Hindu homes. Some of my friends have very intricately and beautifully carved mini-temples in their homes here in US. Few of them have converted an extra bedroom into pooja room.
I would love to see how you have decorated/arranged/set-up your pooja space in your home.
Have a wonderful week ahead.