Choose a Ganesha Idol
Ganesha is the god of intellect & remover of obstacles. He is the protector of new ventures & is worshipped before commencing any work. Placement of a ganesha idol at home is considered the most auspicious deed that one can do. Ganesha Idols are in huge demand worldwide and are available in many shapes & forms. However, the one that is sculpted as per the scriptures and Vastu proves to be more effective. Moreover, the pure spiritual particles of Lord Ganesha get attracted more to the Idols that are made in accordance with the principles of science behind them.
The Ganesha statue should be placed in the west, north and northeast directions of your house. One should avoid placing the Ganesha idol in the bathroom, laundry space or garage as these areas are occupied by negative forces and restrict the flow of positive energies. Keeping the ganesha idol in the kitchen is also not a good idea.
A ganesha idol should be made from china clay or mud and should be light in weight. Nowadays most of the idols are made from plaster of paris as they are cheaper and more attractive. However, the one that is sculpted from mud or china clay is more suitable for ritualistic worship. It is said that a clay Ganesha idol will not fade and will last longer as compared to the ones that are made from POP.
How to Choose a Ganesha Idol
While choosing a Ganesha idol, it is important to consider the posture of the deity. The Ganesha image or idol that is seated in lalitasana is the most auspicious as it symbolizes wealth, luxury and comfort. The one that is standing or dancing is also believed to be lucky.
Another factor to consider is the position of the trunk. If the trunk of the Ganesha idol turns to the left it means success in life. If the trunk turns to the right it means moksha or renouncing worldly pleasures. On the other hand, if the trunk of the Ganesha idol points to the east it signifies prosperity, and if it points to the south it represents health.
Lastly, the ganesha idol should have a broken tusk as this indicates that a wise person is beyond duality and does not possess dualities. The large ears signify intelligence and the elephant head signifies power. A mouse sitting near the Ganesha statue symbolizes our desire and ego that needs to be controlled. The mouse gazing at the Laddus (sweets) implies that our desires should be fulfilled in a balanced manner. The lord with a pot belly is a reminder to keep our stomachs in control.