Puja thali is an integral part of all Hindu religious ceremonies and is especially indispensable in Diwali Puja.
Diwali Puja Thali
Most people who look at Diwali from a superficial level think that this festival is all about fun and frolic. Though celebrations like bursting firecrackers, going on a shopping spree, wearing brand new outfits, distributing sweets and decorating households and workplaces are a significant part of this festival, but this certainly does not define its entire scope. The spiritual and religious customs and traditions followed during the prayers held during this festival are equally important. A puja thali, in which all the items needed to perform a puja are placed, holds a very vital position all Hindu religious ceremonies.
During the worship of various deities during Diwali festivities, a puja thali is absolutely essential, so that all the puja items, such as Roli for tilak, Akshat, Ghanti (bell), a small Kalash filled with water, Kalava to tie around the wrist, gold or silver coins, aarti-diya and fresh flowers can be placed in the same place. Besides these things, while performing special puja of Goddess Laxmi on the night of Deepavali, one must make sure to keep pious puja items, like agarbatti, camphor, coconut, betel, betel leaves, sandalwood paste, flowers, seasonal fruits and sweets (as Prasad) and silver or gold coins engraved with images of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh, Om, Swastika, etc. Various types of readymade Diwali Puja thalis are available in the market but decorating a puja thali at home can be a learning as well as fun experience. Some great suggestions for puja thali decorations are mentioned below.
Diwali Pooja Thali Decoration Ideas
- Covering a metal puja thali with colorful bandhani fabric and then affixing a golden lace or gota around its corners is a great thali decoration idea.
- One can use a plain velvet or tissue cloth to cover the thali with and further embellish it by using small mirrors, shells or sequins.
- Make use of glossy and bright packaging sheet by wrapping it around the puja thali to give it a sleek designer look.
- Using colors, one can draw an attractive rangoli design as a thali base and further elaborate it by making different patterns in the thali that can be used for keeping various puja materials in the thali.
- It is not necessary that one uses rangoli colors to add depth and dimension to the thali. One can also use household items like sindhur, haldi, rice powder and chandan powder to make designs on the thali. One can draw religious motifs like 'aum' or 'swastik' or 'shree' on the thali by adding little water to the above mentioned items.
- Another way to brighten a simple metal puja thali is by applying a thin coat of ghee or oil on its surface and sprinkling haldi and roli powder on it. Shake the thali and both the colors will gel together to form a vibrant thali base.
- An earthen thali can be splendidly decorated by using oil and water paints. Draw designs with them and accentuate by gluing on decorative mirrors and stones.
- One of the simplest ways to decorate puja thali is by spreading rice grains on it and drawing designs on it using bright red kumkum paste. Add flower petals, diyas, incense sticks, silver coins and other things to it to complete the look.
- Covering the surface of the puja thali with multicolored flower petals is another fantastic thali decorating idea.
- Another ingenious way to embellish a puja thali is by cutting out strips of various fabrics and gluing them on the thali in concentric circles. One can follow the same process with paper and colorful thick threads as well.
- One can use zari borders of old saris and dupattas for decorating a puja thali.