Most Indian homes have a prayer room or altar. A lamp is lit and the Lord worshipped each
day. Other spiritual practices like japa - repetition of the Lord's name, meditation,
paaraayana - reading of the scriptures, prayers, and devotional singing etc are also done
here. Special worship is done on auspicious occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, festivals
and the like. Each member of the family - young or old - communes with and worships the
The Lord is the entire creation. He is therefore the true owner of the house we live in too.
The prayer room is the Master room of the house. We are the earthly occupants of His
property. This notion rids us of false pride and possessiveness.
The ideal attitude to take is to regard the Lord as the true owner of our homes and us as
caretakers of His home. But if that is rather difficult, we could at least think of Him as a
very welcome guest. Just as we would house an important guest in the best comfort, so too
we felicitate the Lord's presence in our homes by having a prayer room or altar, which is, at
all times, kept clean and well-decorated.
Also the Lord is all pervading. To remind us that He resides in our homes with us, we have
prayer rooms. Without the grace of the Lord, no task can be successfully or easily
accomplished. We invoke His grace by communing with Him in the prayer room each day and
on special occasions.Each room in a house is dedicated to a specific function like the bedroom for resting, the
drawing room to receive guests, the kitchen for cooking etc. The furniture, decor and the
atmosphere of each room are made conducive to the purpose it serves. So too for the
purpose of meditation, worship and prayer, we should have a conducive atmosphere - hence
the need for a prayer room.
Sacred thoughts and sound vibrations pervade the place and influence the minds of those
who spend time there. Spiritual thoughts and vibrations accumulated through regular
meditation, worship and chanting done there pervade the prayer room. Even when we are
tired or agitated, by just sitting in the prayer room for a while, we feel calm, rejuvenated
and spiritually uplifted.