A small bench or a
wooden table or a cardboard box covering an area no larger than
36" x 24" and about 15" to 24" tall is adequate.
The size can vary if you wish to arrange more or fewer pictures
and/or statues on the surface. Remember that you should be able to
see the items on the altar and have easy access to make offerings
during the worship.
Place the table (or
box) against a wall, cover it with a clean cloth, preferably white,
and secure the same by tucking it under so that it won't slip off
easily. Tape it if necessary such that the tape is not visible. Now
arrange a picture of the God/Goddess to be worshipped, preferably at
least an 8.5"x 11" size such that it makes about 10 to 15
degrees to the vertical and leans against the wall.
pictures/statues of the family Godhead and Guru must also be
arranged on the altar. Prepare
one or two lamps with cotton wicks soaking in oil. Place the lamp/s
about 6" in front of the picture if it is one lamp, or about
10" apart if two lamps.
Do not light these
until you are ready to begin the Puja. Prepare a worship plate
(stainless steel, silver or any other metal, 12" to 24"
diameter) by placing on it small vessels (cup-like, preferably
metallic) of kumkum, turmeric, one packet of camphor, sandal paste,
a dozen agarbatti sticks (incense sticks), and a match box.