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Guide to choosing the right Home Temple
At Aakaar, we take great pride in making aesthetically proportionate and beautiful home temples. We pride ourselves on our quality and strongly believe there should be no compromises made when it comes to choosing one. These are divine heirlooms that are passed down generations and therefore we insist on nothing but the best. Our patrons from the last 35 years will vouch for this.
Compiled below are a few important guidelines to help you find your perfect temple.
It is not only important to consider the external height, width, and depth but also the internal dimensions. Most clients ignore the internal dimensions and end up with a temple that is either too big and empty or too small and cluttered for their deities.
Aakaar recommends considering your biggest deity or biggest photo frame as a point of reference and measure around them. As a rule of thumb, we recommend to leave an inch on all three sides for a photo frame and at least three inches for an idol as a good approximation for the internal space needed in your temple.
If you plan to place multiple idols or frames in the temple, arrange them on a flat surface and measure the width and depth of the area it occupies. This will give you an approximation of the internal width and depth needed for your temple. It would be advisable to leave some extra space as buffer. Additionally, consider utilizing a step formation (can be customized with your order) to create multi-level platform as an effective and creative way of optimizing the internal space in your temple.
The orientation of a temple is important as well and must be decided in accordance to the arrangements of the deities inside. For example, if you are planning on having a Krishna murti, you are probably better off with a temple that gives you more vertical height so a taller murti can fit in. On the other hand, if you were looking to keep a set of Ram, Lakshman, and Sita murtis then you would be better off with a temple with more width.
The placement of the temple is imperative to your divine experience and darshan. If you prefer being seated, Aakaar temples designed for the floor that feature legs are best suited for you. If you prefer to stand or see your deities at eye level, opt for Aakaar temples that are designed for the wall. These temples have a lesser depth but can be easily mounted without protruding out too much. All wall-mounted temples can also be fitted with legs (for an extra cost) if you choose to rest it on the floor or a higher platform. To raise the overall height of the temple platform Aakaar also customizes extra bases that match the temple design and polish with storage inside.
Aakaar offers two distinct home temple collections: classic and premium. Both collections are handcrafted using a combination of seasoned Teak Wood, MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and Veneer. The core differences within the two collections are: the quantum of teak wood used, the workmanship, and detailing. The premium collection, at a slightly higher cost, has additional detailed carvings and therefore, takes more time to be made and requires a higher quantum of teak wood.
Most of Aakaar temples (unless specified otherwise) have a rosewood matte finish. However, Aakaar also customizes your temple to different shades of wood polish to accommodate different preferences. The option of a high-gloss coat of polyurethane (PU) is also available to enhance the aesthetic look on both standard and customized temples in each collection.