Pooja Thaali – Significance And How To Make One At Home


As an Indian who enjoys all the traditions and culture which Indian festivities bring along , I must say there are a few essential things which every Indian household needs to perform all the rituals. Growing up , I remember how my mom would decorate the pooja thali ( tray) with fresh flowers, haldi (turmeric ), rice grains and kumkum ( vermillion). Now being  the lady of the house, I make sure we have one ready for all the rituals to be performed during navratis, karwachauth and Diwali.

Many people like to use silver/gold thali ( tray). These definitely add a different charm and royality to all the celebrations. However, I like to add a personal touch to all the festivities and try to make a new thali ( tray ) every few years.

Significance of a puja thali : Using a puja thali is one of the pathways to worship the divine in Hindu mythology. It is believed that the arrangement of all the components in a puja thali has spiritual significance.  Powders like haldi and kumkum, rice grains, beetel leaves,grass, saffron threads, flowers, fragrant oils and agarbattis are all placed in a manner which balances the cosmic elements that are active in universe.



A complete puja thali with all the necessary components.



Here I’m sharing the thali I created for Diwali and KC puja from last year.

When I spotted these round trays in two different colors ( magenta and aqua blue ) at Hobby Lobby,  I exactly knew the plan !! I forgot to take before pictures of the blue tray which I actually decorated, but you can get the idea here.









Printed duct tape, sequins and glue


Materials Needed

One round tray or pooja thaali ( can be any round/ rectangle shape tray) which you want to decorate

Different sized sequins- from any craft store

Floral stickers

Any broad , printed duct tape

Washi Tape to decorate the tea lights

Total time: 45 minutes



Make the pattern on the inside of thali ( tray)with sequins.

Using the broad tape, cut and paste on the outer edges of the thali/tray.









Use some glittery , washi tape to decorate tea lights





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The final look. This thali can be used for different puja ceremonies , and the components can be changed as per the festival.


There is no single way of decorating this thali / tray.

So go ahead , use your own creativity and come up with your own design.

This article is a part of the Ethnic Series I’m doing on my blog. Do read Ethnic Mama 1 and Ethnic Mama 2 to know more about Indian culture.

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  1. You’re very creative! This is so much better than a silver/gold tray!

  2. Beautiful representation of displaying your spirituality in your home! What a great tradition to remember a special moment with your mother.

  3. Oh what a lovely colorful post. I’ve been thinking about doing that with tape on candles for so long. It looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing./love Ida

  4. This is so cool. I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. I have this thing for thalis. I love how creative the indian tradition is. Very colorful and lively

  6. Such a beautiful design. You make it look easy to make. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  7. This is such a wonderful tradition! It must be great to share it with your own children the way your mother did with you. Such a great way to be present and involved in spiritual practice!

  8. I really like all things about India. It is all so colorfull!! Nice post 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this great, easy to follow post. I love learning new things and this is new for me. Look forward to reading more!

  10. So colorful and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your culture and creativity, Monika! God bless you!

  11. Wonderful DIY example and I learned about a thali tray. Thanks, Beth from Wisemommies.com

  12. Love your creativity Monika. Really liked the idea of broad printed duct tape.
    I decorated mine too, will share the pic on fb 😊

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