Ganesh, also known as Shri Ganapati, is not the most popular of all Hindu deities. He’s worshipped and honoured regardless of Hindu denomination. So much so, his reverence spreads to even Buddhists and Jains alike. Being the patron of arts & science, remover of obstacles, keeper of wisdom, and lord of beginnings, it’s hard not to like him! Can find Ganesha in just about every Hindu shrine due to these attributes, so here are the most important things to keep in mind when placing your Ganapati murti!

Where to place the Murti in home
Most are not informed, but there are particular reservations one may install the brass Ganesha idol for home to extend bliss and success oscillations. It is ideal to seat the Murti in the northeasternmost part of the home. If any different murtis are started, Ganesh is most decent to be sitting to the right-hand side of these murtis if he is not to be the centre of the mandir. According to the Vastu Shastra(classical Vedic architecture), this positioning support chakra movement in the temple. It is also popular to have a small picture or idol of Ganesh next to or above the home &|or puja room's entryway as it is said this acts as a blessing for those coming and going.

The posture of the Murti
Brass antique Ganesha idols come in many postures, & each gives off an entirely different vibration for an altogether another purpose. The most common type is the sitting or meditating position. This posture is called lalitasana. Sometimes rather than having both legs folded, one leg will be on the ground while the other rests upon his vahana (his mouse). This denotes that he is concerned with earthly affairs & is here to aid his followers and remove obstacles, while his meditating pose where both legs are folded creates an atmosphere of calm and determination. His dancing or standing posture is for those seeking a creative, energetic, & artistic atmosphere. His sitting postures are best for the home, while his standing poses are best for work environments.

Position of the Trunk
This is a crucial aspect of Ganesh murtis that is often overlooked but should never be! When purchasing a Ganapati murti, be very picky. The trunk is the most critical aspect of this specific Lord Ganesh murti. There are three main styles: Vamamukhi, Dakshinmukhi murti, and Sushumna. Vamamukhi trunks hang to the left & are the easiest to please, and are associated with calmness, success, & happiness. They are also sometimes called Vastu Ganesh because he is perfect for solving vastu related issues.

Whereas, Dakshinmukhi murti trunks hang to the right. It is believed that the sun’s energy flows through this murti’s trunk & because of this, owning one is not recommended as they require special care as per Vedic tradition. If one worships this lord Ganesha statue properly, it is said to grant immediate results & moksha(liberation from reincarnation); however, if one doesn’t follow the proper tradition, it is said that all the good results gained from the worship are burned away by the sun’s energy.

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The final kind is called Sushumna. With trunks hanging down straight, these statues are relatively rare and considered highly auspicious.