The festive season is a time, when many home owners decorate their homes to make it colourful and bright. This often extends to the temple area, where attractive puja accessories are used. For those who lack the time to make elaborate preparations, designer accessories for festivals are now easily available in stores. In this article, we will suggest some dasara decoration ideas for adding a festive touch to your home on Dussehra.
From bandhanwars, decorative kalash and chowkis, to instant rangolis and thalis, these accessories can be used to add a festive look to the home, quickly and make up for wonderful dasara decoration ideas.
“Nowadays, people are increasingly opting for readymade puja accessories and decorative embellishments, to create a divine aura at home during festivals. These accessories can also be customised, according to one’s requirements, the theme of decoration and price. Readymade accessories are available for decorating the home’s entrance, temple area, floor and corners,” explains Khushboo Jain, founder, Urban Haveli – The Home Décor Studio, Mumbai.
Dasara decoration ideas for the main entrance
The main entrance provides the first impression of any home. It is also the entry point for positive energies into the house. Hence, this area should be vibrant and welcoming, especially during festivals.
As part of dasara decoration ideas, you can decorate the entrance with auspicious symbols like a swastika, shubh labh, om and Laxmi feet. “These days, one gets fancy torans made from terracotta, fabrics like bandhini and even wooden cutouts and papier mâché. Along with fresh flowers like lotus, one can use Ashoka leaves, as they are considered auspicious and combine it with colourful pompoms.
“Embellishments such as tiny bells, beads, stones, pearls, tiny mirrors sequins, silk and tissue flowers, can also be used to add some glitter,” states Mital Surendira, CEO of Sanskrriti, a gift store in Chennai.
Rangoli is considered auspicious at the main entrance of the house. Readymade rangolis save time and are smudge-free, unlike powder. These are available in various shapes, such as floral and geometric shapes, in acrylic and even plywood. “Portable rangolis are quite popular. They are a perfect fusion of contemporary and tradition designs, We make them on ply and they are light in weight,” adds Surendira. When it comes to serving guests, prasad trays and boxes exquisitely crafted using velvet and gota, are also available.
Diyas, floating candles and flowers
Arrange Diyas in different patterns at the hallway for a stunning festive ambience. Place a bowl filled with water at the entryway or living room and add floating candles and flower petals to it. Use flower garlands and hang them on the doors for an impressive decor theme.
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Decorate your home with simple and eco-friendly DIY ideas or involve your kids to participate Dussehra decoration in school and at home. Some commonly available items can be used to create paper flowers, colourful hanging paper chandeliers, lanterns, or hanging chimes.
Go for DIY rangoli design ideas using items from your kitchen such as food grains, flour, and add som colour powders and flower petals.
For decorating mandap for the Dussehra puja at home. Artistically designed bamboo crafts, earthen pots, and jute items.
Festive decor ideas for the temple area
To decorate the temple using dasara decoration ideas, one can use a variety of fresh floral garlands that can be custom-made from a florist. One can customise them, according to a theme or colour. For example, use orchids for a blue and purple theme, or rose and tuberose if you prefer a red and white colour theme.
The puja thali is an important accessory and there are plenty of options to choose from.
“Puja thalis, decorated with kundan, gemstones, laces and metal motifs can add a glamorous touch. Try and colour-coordinate the thali, with the garlands and coconut (festooned with fabric) for a stunning effect. For the festive season, colours like red, yellow, orange, gold and silver are ideal. Accordingly, matching clothes and fabric for the deities, decoration and other puja accessories should be picked, to celebrate events like Dussehra,” suggests Neelam Lahoti of Neelam Arts and Crafts, Mumbai.
Puja thalis made with a wooden base or MDF (medium density fibre board) or papier mâché with kundan studded on them, are easy to maintain. “Apart from this, marble puja thalis with attractive meenakari hand painting work are also becoming popular,” says Jain.
Dasara decoration ideas to brighten up the home
To brighten up the home, a variety of diyas and candles stands, in different colours, sizes and materials, can be used. Simple, hand-painted diyas or even ornate silver ones can add radiance to the temple. Even lanterns have undergone a transformation. Today, one can choose from earthen lanterns or metal lanterns made from copper, brass, or silver in various colours. Dress up the floor with bright rugs and dhurries. Most importantly, ensure that there is ample seating space available for the family around the temple, to sit together and pray during the festival.
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Dussehra decoration with flower garlands
Use flower garlands and hang them on the doors for an impressive festive decor theme. A flower toran is an excellent décor idea to welcome guests and attract positive energies in the house. You can choose fresh flower garlands made of marigold or other commonly available flowers.
Dasara decoration ideas for balconies
We often overlook balconies during Dussehra decoration. But, remember that decorating balconies with led lights, wall hanging crafts, rangolis or even stickers gives a huge festive uplift to the place. You can also use flowers to decorate the balcony/terrace space where you can enjoy the festivities with your family. Also, one can use plants and led string lights to magnify the décor effect.
Dasara decoration ideas in office spaces
Dusshera also sees decoration in office spaces. Décor wall hangings and flowers can be used to decorate your bay or cabin at work. Also, use of rangoli definitely brings along the festivities to the office. You can also use to decorate the bay space with fairy lights that will brighten the office area and bring in good luck.
Tips to decorate your home quickly, for Dussehra
- As part of Dasara decoration ideas, the first step to spruce-up your house, is to de-clutter and clean it. Remove the things that you do not use or no longer need, as it blocks positive energy. A clean house attracts wealth and fortune.
- Rearrange the furniture in the room, to give it a fresh look. You can add more colours through bed and cushion covers, to give a festive look. You can also add wall rugs or authentic Indian saris, to decorate the walls and columns.
- If you have empty birdcages, you can place plants, ferns and fresh flowers in it and decorate it with fairy lights, to create beautiful décor pieces. These items can be used to create a focal point in a room, or as a center piece or even to add some colour to your balcony.
- Bring out the antique vessels and brass lamps or figurines, to add a traditional look to your home. Add a layer of soulful music and fresh fragrance. This will add to the festive spirit at your home.
- You can use elegant and chic geometrical planters and hangers to infuse class and opulence.
- Shades of red, orange, green, etc., are ideal colours for decorating the temple area during festivals. Place red rose petals or marigold in the corners near the temple, to add a festive touch.
- Brighten up the home’s entrance, with spotlights and a toran. Strings of colourful LED lights at the entrance, can add to the festive look.
- Arrange tiny twinkling lights around the temple or stuff fairy lights in see-through jars and place them near the temple area.
- If you prefer eco-friendly décor, opt for products like fresh or dried colourful flowers and leaves, jute flowers, bamboo and recycled paper.
- Fragrance plays an important role in infusing a festive feel. So, light incense sticks, fragrant candles, or dhoop near the temple. Alternatively, you can use diffusers with camphor, sandalwood, rose or any other oil.
Dussehra Puja Vidhi at home
On the day of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, weapons are worshipped and the victory of good over evil is celebrated. The Dussehra Puja is performed during the Abhijeet, Vijay or Aparahna period. As per Vastu Shastra, the ideal direction for the Dussehra puja at home is the east or northeast direction. Choose a place for the puja. Clean the area and create Ashtadal Chakra with eight lotus petals using sandalwood paste. Invoke the goddess by chanting the mantra.
(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta)