While Ganesha is considered the God of happiness, joy and prosperity, what we often miss is the importance of placing it in the right spot at home. The Ganpati murti is considered as the protector and that is the reason we always worship him before starting something new in our life. Most of us usually keep Ganesha idols at home without knowing exactly where and how to place it. To remove all obstacles from your life and attract wealth and good health, one should follow certain simple vastu rules.

Ganpati murti_symbolism
Ganpati for peace, happiness and prosperity

#1: The colour of the Ganpati murti has a lot of significance

Ganpati murti_white colour_white ganesha
White signifies peace and prosperity

People seeking happiness, peace and prosperity in life should consider placing an idol of a white Ganesha at home. Sticking photos of white Ganesha would be equally helpful. Similarly, those who desire self-growth should bring home a vermilion coloured Ganesha. This is considered auspicious according to vastu.

#2: Posture of the idol is symbolic

The sitting posture is ideal

For worshipping within the walls of your home, an idol of Ganesha in sitting position, also known as the lalitasana, is considered ideal. Vastu experts say that the sitting Ganesha represents a calm and composed demeanor and encourages a peaceful environment at home. The reclining Ganesha symbolises luxury, comfort and wealth. If you desire those in life, then you should get a Ganpati in the reclining pose.

#3: Notice the direction of the trunk

Make sure the trunk is tilted towards his left

According to vastu, ideally, the trunk of the sitting Ganesha should be tilted towards his left. This symbolises happiness and success. So, when you’re out there looking for that pretty idol to get home, make sure that you give special attention to the trunk. An idol whose trunk is tilted towards its right is hard to please since it represents the power of the sun and one has to follow rituals religiously while worshipping it.

#4: Pay attention to the little details

Ganpati murti_little details_modak
Pay attention to the little details

As we all know, the mouse is the vehicle of mighty lord Ganesha and modak is supposed to be his favourite sweet. Therefore, while buying the idol for your home, make sure that the tiny mouse and the modak is a part of it. The mouse is a symbol of all-pervasiveness, while the modak is an offering to the lord and his devotees and prasadam. These little details should not be missed out.

#5: Place it facing the right direction

Vastu experts tell you the ideal direction to place Ganpati

Vastu experts suggest that the west, north and northeast directions are perfect to place the Ganesha. Try to make the idol face the north direction, since this is where lord Shiva resides and it is considered very auspicious. Also, make sure that the back of the Ganpati murti or the photo is facing the main entrance/exit of the home. Steer clear of south for placing the idol, since it is not very suitable.

#6: How many idols should you have?

No more than one

As stunning as they might be, Ganesha idols are best restricted to one at home. Vastu suggests that while it is a personal choice, but it is always better to have one Ganpati murti. They say that having two or more idols upsets Ridhi Sidhi and just counteracts their energy.

#7: Where should you not place it?

There are a few places at home that you should avoid completely while placing the Ganesha idol. Some of them are the bedroom, garage, laundry room, underneath staircases and of course bathrooms. Vastu experts say that the garage is considered as a vacant spot and thus inauspicious for placing an idol. Similarly, the energies under staircases and laundry rooms are not favourable to keep your Ganesha.

You can also check out 6 Simple Vastu Tips to Design Your Pooja Room.

Send in your comments and suggestions to editor@livspace.com