[ecis2016.org] We look at the Vastu Shastra guidelines that you should follow, while choosing Ganpati murti, idol or images for home
If you are aiming to bring immense positivity and luck to your home, there could be nothing better than opting for a Ganpati idol. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is considered a symbol of happiness and joy. He is also known as the protector of households and Ganesha images and idols are often kept near the main door, to protect the occupants from evil energies. However, it is important to place the Ganesha idol at the right place, according to Vastu Shastra.
Which type of Ganesha idol is good for home ?
|Ganesha idol material for home||Impact|
|Brass Ganesha||Prosperity and joy|
|Wood Ganesha||Good health and long life|
|Crystal Ganesha||Removes Vastu dosha|
|Turmeric idol||Brings good luck and is auspicious|
|Copper Ganesha||Brings luck for couples planning to start families|
|Ganesha idol of mango, peepal and neem||Energy and good luck|
|Cow dung Ganesha||Attracts good fortune and good vibes and eradicates sorrow|
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Forms of Ganesha
|Bala Ganesha (child-like form)|
|Taruṇa Ganapati (youthful form)|
|Bhakti Ganesha (devotee form)|
|Veera Ganapati (valiant Ganpati)|
|Shakti Ganapati (the powerful form)|
|Dvija Ganapati (Ganpati who is born twice)|
|Siddhi Gaṇapati (the accomplished form of Ganesha)|
|Ucchhishṭa Gaṇapati (lord of blessed offerings)|
|Vighna Gaṇapati (lord of obstacles)|
|Kshipra Ganapati (Ganesha who is easy to appease)|
|Heramba Gaṇapati (mother’s beloved son)|
|Lakshmi Gaṇapati (the Fortunate one, similar to Goddess Lakshmi)|
|Maha Gaṇapati (the great Ganapati)|
|Vijaya Gaṇapati (the victorious one)|
|Nṛitya Gaṇapati (the dancer form)|
|Urdhva Gaṇapati (the elevated form of Ganapati)|
|Ekakshara Gaṇapati (the single syllable form)|
|Vara/ Varada Gaṇapati (the boon giver)|
|Tryakshara Gaṇapati (the three letters form)|
|Kshipra Prasada Gaṇapati (the one who gives quick reward)|
|Haridra Gaṇapati (the kumkuma coloured Ganapati)|
|Ekadanta Gaṇapati (the single tusked form of Ganapati)|
|Srishṭi Gaṇapati (the creator form)|
|Uddaṇḍa Gaṇapati (the enforcer of dharma/ justice)|
|Riṇamochana Gaṇapati (the liberator from debts)|
|Ḍhuṇḍhi Gaṇapati (the sought after one)|
|Dvimukha Gaṇapati (a form with two heads)|
|Trimukha Gaṇapati (three faced form of Ganpati)|
|Siṇha Gaṇapati (the fearless lion form)|
|Yoga Gaṇapati (the Ascetic form/ one in a yogic posture)|
|Durga Gaṇapati (the invincible one, similar to Goddess Durga)|
|Saṇkaṭahara Gaṇapati (the dispeller of troubles)|
The Hindu god, Ganesha, is known to be the god of auspicious beginnings and is worshipped in 32 different forms, as mentioned above. In India, you will find Ganpati murtis depicted in some of these forms. As per the religious scriptures, lord Ganesha took these forms to save his devotees from diverse issues of life.
The most popular Ganpati photo or idol is the one where the deity is seated or standing. Ganpati images in other forms like the dancing form are usually placed for aesthetic purpose. Also, some Ganapathi photos are rare to find such as the one where the deity’s trunk is straight or up in the air. Images of lord Ganesh with a modak in hand is quite popular. The deity is also known as Pillayar or Vinayagar in south India. Vinayagar images and idols are worshipped during Ganesh Chaturthi in different states in southern India. In Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated for ten days. Ganpati bappa images are adorned and people bring a Ganesh idol or statue home and worshipped. The celebrations conclude by immersing the idol in sea waters.
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Which Ganesha idol is good for home entrance?
When bringing a Ganesh idol for home, remember to notice the posture of the deity. Ideally, the Ganesha images or idol in lalitasana is considered the best. This is also known as sitting Ganesha as it represents a state of calm and peace. Other than this, Ganpati bappa images or Ganesh photos in reclining positions are also considered very lucky as it represents luxury, comfort and wealth.
Direction of trunk
When choosing a Ganpati statue or idol for your home, it is essential to notice the position of the trunk. As per Vastu, the trunk of the Ganesha idol should be tilted towards the left, as this represents success and positivity. It is believed that the Ganesh idol with a trunk tilted towards the right represents a hard-to-please attitude.
Modak and mouse
When buying a Ganpati murti for home, make sure a modak and mouse are part of the structure. This is because the mouse is considered as his vehicle while the modak is considered his favourite sweet. This Ganesh murti is ideal for home entrance.
The mouse also represents material desire and our mind, which is full of desire. Although the mouse is small and has tiny teeth, it can continuously nibble and empty out a barn full of grains. The parallel drawn is that there is a ‘mouse’ in all of us – our desires. These desires can eat away even a mountain of goodness within in us.
A mouse, with its tiny sharp teeth, snips and nibbles away at ropes that bind. Hence, the mouse resembles a mantra which can cut through layers of ignorance, leading to the ultimate knowledge and truth represented by Lord Ganesha.
So, it is essential to keep a note of these details when choosing a Ganesh idol for home.
Which colour Ganesha idol is good for home ?
According to Vastu Shastra, a white colour Ganesha idol for home is the perfect choice for occupants who are seeking peace and prosperity. You can also choose white Ganesha colour images. Those who are desirous of self-growth should opt for vermillion-coloured Ganesh murti for home. A white Ganesha attracts wealth, happiness and prosperity. Always remember that the back of the deity should face the outside of the house.
Usually, lord Ganesha is depicted as wearing red and yellow clothes. Ganesha colour is depicted as golden in one of his forms, which is regarded as auspicious.
Nowadays, most people also prefer installing Ganesh wallpaper or wall murals in their homes. This can be an excellent idea to adorn the puja room. However, one should keep the Vastu guidelines in mind when going for these decor ideas with a Ganesh photo.
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Vastu for Ganesha pictures and idols at home
According to Vastu experts, the west, the north and the north-east direction, are the best places to keep lord Ganesh idols or images at home. Remember, all Ganpati photos should face the north direction, as it is believed that Lord Shiva, who is Ganesha’s father, lives here. You can also keep the Ganesha murti at the main door, facing inside. If you are placing Lord Ganesha images, it should face the main entrance of the home. Do not place the Ganesha idol in the south direction.
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Vastu directions for Ganesha placement
Avoid these places for keeping Ganesha idols
According to Vastu experts, you should not keep the Ganesh murti in bedroom, garage or laundry area. It should not be placed under staircases or near bathrooms. Since the garage or car parking area is considered as a vacant area, it is unlucky to place any god in this part of the home. Also, there are a lot of negative energies below staircases which is not suitable for placing any Vastu item.
Best offerings for Lord Ganesha
- A small bowl of rice is the ideal offering. Place the Ganpati idol on a raised platform always.
- Modaks: Ganpati’s favorite sweet are the various types or modaks, especially the steamed ones.
- Satori: A Maharashtrian sweet flatbread, which is also a preferred recipe during the festive season.
- Motichoor laddu: Besides modaks it is believed that Lord Ganesha is fond of laddus, as well.
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Significance of Ganesh murti
Keeping a Ganesh statue or picture at home is believed to attract good luck and prosperity. A Ganesh murti is a symbol of perfect life which teaches importance principles such as:
- Big head to think big.
- Large ears to listen carefully.
- Tiny eyes to concentrate.
- Small mouth to speak less.
- One tusk to retain only goodness. One of Lord Ganesh’s tusks is broken. The symbolism of the broken tusk is that a wise person is beyond duality. The single tusk also signifies single-pointedness.
- A long trunk to stay adaptable.
- Big belly to digest good and bad.
- The four arms of Lord Ganesha symbolise the four attributes -mind, intellect, ego and conscience.
- Ganesh murti design, with one leg raised up and the other on the ground, symbolises that one should be involved in both, the spiritual and material worlds.
Since most people love Lord Ganesha, they collect or are gifted the Ganesha idol or images. So, a common question is,’How many Ganesh idols should be kept at home?’. According to Vastu, it is advised to keep only one idol in a room. If there are more than one Ganesh idol together, the positive energy is bound to get disrupted.
Bringing Ganesha idol home for the Ganesh festival
With the onset of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, there are many people who bring the Ganesha idol home. While bringing a new ganpati murti home, the idol’s face is covered and it is unveiled only during its sthapana. The idol, which is brought home during the festival, is then immersed after one-and-a-half days, three days or 10 days, as per the number of days each family follows. As more and more people are becoming environment-conscious, there is an increase in people opting for eco-friendly Ganeshas for home, which get dissolved easily during immersion. Also, there are many options like Ganeshas, which when immersed, grows to become a plant that people are opting for. Choose a small Ganesh murti of you have a small mandir at home and make sure you follow the Vastu guidelines when placing the deity.
How can I place Lord Ganesha at the entrance?
It depends on what type of Ganesha idol/image you are placing at the entrance. Refer to this article for more details.
Which direction Ganesh should face?
Ganpati idols or images should ideally be placed in the north, north-east, east or west direction, preferably facing the north.
Which Ganesha idol is best for a work desk?
A standing Ganesha idol on the work desk brings enthusiasm to work and helps to overcome obstacles.
What is Durva and why is it offered to Ganesha?
Durva grass, which has blades in odd numbers, has a cooling effect on the body and is said to have healing properties. It is believed that the Durva has the power to attract the energies of Lord Ganesha and thus, help the devotee get His blessings.
Which is Ganesha’s favourite flower?
Red hibiscus is Ganesha’s favourite flower and is offered to please Him and seek His blessings for abundance and success.
Are there any rooms in which we should avoid keeping a Ganesha idol or image?
It is advised to never place a Ganesha idol in the bedroom, bathroom or even on a wall that is attached to a bathroom. The best place for Ganesh idols is at the entrance of your home.
(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta, Purnima Goswami Sharma and Aruna Rathod)
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