The word "Gan" means a group in English. Our universe is essentially a group of atoms and various energies. This universe would be in tumult if there were no preeminent regulations overseeing these wide-ranging groups of things. The Lord of this large number of groups of atoms and energies is Lord Ganesha. He is the preeminent awareness that infests all and restores order to this universe. Lord Ganesha thus symbolizes- Ananta (eternal), Aviykta (beyond expression), and Achintya (beyond thought). Lord Ganesha is known to be a formless God - embodied in a magnificent structure, for the benefit of his devotees. According to Hindu folklore, he is the child of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He was built by Goddess Parvati, out of loneliness, as she needed someone she could love and rely on.
On one occasion Goddess Parvati was at home on Mt.Kailash planning for a shower. As she did not want to be disturbed by anyone during her bath, she told Nandi, her husband, Lord Shiva's Bull, to watch the entryway and let nobody pass. Nandi steadfastly took his post, planning to complete Parvati's desires. However, when Shiva got back home and needed to come inside, Nandi allowed him to pass, being loyal to Shiva. Parvati resented this action, lamenting the fact that she had nobody like Nandi who was so loyal to her husband. Thus, taking the turmeric paste from her body and reviving it, she made Ganesha, announcing him to be her own child.
The elephant is blessed with unique characteristics, like its dauntless nature and its imperial walk. It gladly annihilates any obstacle on its way. An elephant is additionally an image of power, perseverance, strength, and fortitude. Thus, to represent these characteristics of the Divine, Lord Ganesha is portrayed as an elephant. When a devotee worships Lord Ganesha, they can imbibe these great qualities into their cognizance. To worship Lord Ganesha within the four walls of the devotee's home, the statue of Ganesha in a sitting position, otherwise called the lalitasana, is viewed as favorable. Vastu specialists say that the sitting Ganesha addresses a cool-headed disposition and energizes a tranquil climate at home. The Lord Ganesha in a reclining posture represents extravagance, solace, and abundant riches. On the off chance that a devotee wants those throughout everyday life, they ought to get a Ganpati in the reclining posture.
Q1. Where should a true devotee keep Lord Ganesha’s statue at home?
As per Vastu, preferably, the trunk on Lord Ganesha's statue should be facing his left. This represents joy and achievement. A statue with a trunk facing the right direction is difficult to appease since it addresses the force of the sun and one needs to follow religious customs strictly while worshipping it. Vastu specialists propose that the west, north, and upper east directions are favorable to place a statue of Lord Ganesha. It is advisable to ensure that a statue of Ganesha faces north since this is where master Shiva dwells and it is thought of as exceptionally rewarding. Additionally, the devotee has to ensure that the rear of the Ganpati murti is facing the entry/exit of their home.
Q2. What does Lord Ganesha symbolize?
Ganesha's activities help us to learn how to respect our elderly family members. There isn't anything more significant in this materialistic world than the relationship we share with them. We should know our strengths and shortcomings and act in a just manner. Ganesha's huge tummy addresses liberality and complete acceptance. His upraised hand portrays protection, and his hands lowered portray his giving nature, as well as an encouragement to bow. This is additionally emblematic of the way that we will all disintegrate into the Earth one day.
Q3. Choose the Right Idol Of
Ganapati According To Vastu
A white idol of Ganesha
in a 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. Idol in the reclining form is
also recommended by Vastu, bringing luck, luxury, comfort, and wealth. Any
chipped or broken statues should be avoided and removed from the puja place. An
idol made of wood or marble.
Q4. What Position Should Lord
Ganesha’s Trunk Be At?
The trunk must be directed towards the left as it
will help to bring in more positivity and victory.
A Ganesh Idol
having a modak in hand and a sitting mouse beside is very auspicious to be
placed at the entrance of the house. This is because the mouse is considered
his vehicle while the modak is considered his favorite sweet. The mouse also
represents material desire and our mind.
The idol must be in the posture of lalitasana. Apart
from this, any reclining position is considered very lucky, which represents
comfort, wealth, and luxury.
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