The Ganesha Idol should never face the south while meditating or conducting puja; instead, they should face the North-East direction. Yama, also known as Death, presides over the southerly direction. Enlightenment may be seen in the direction of the rising Sun in the east, which points to the direction of the north, which is the home to the Rishis.
Evening devotions, such as Sandhya Vandana, are often performed in the west-facing direction. However, if the altar can be constructed in any of the other directions listed, it is preferable to locate it to the west.
According to the principles of Vastu Shastra, an idol of Lord Ganesha should be positioned in either the east or the west direction of the home. Setting up an idol of Ganesha at the northeastern corner of the home is considered to be the most auspicious place to do so.
If the northeast direction cannot be reached, you should position an idol such that you may worship while facing either the north or the east. Check that the face of Lord Ganesha is not turned toward the south direction.
Instructions for placing Lord Ganesha’s idol –
- When transporting the statue of Lord Ganesh, you need to keep your attention on the direction in which Lord Ganesha’s trunk is facing. It is recommended to choose the left-sided trunk. The energy of calmness and relaxation will come to you via the Ida Nadi channel, which is represented by the left side of the trunk. It is tough to appease Ganesha when he has a trunk on the right side of his body since he is known to be obstinate
- Ensure that the idol of Ganesha is positioned in a sitting posture. The most appropriate statue for the home is one depicting Ganesha seated. If you wish to display an idol of Ganesha at your place of employment, the standing Ganesha is the best option. This invigorates and inspires us while we are working.
- Do not bring a Ganesha idol that does not have a crown or a ‘Mukut’ on it. It is regarded as very unlucky for an idol not to have a mukut, which is a kind of crown that symbolizes originality and expansive thought. Adding a crown, also known as a mukut, to the statue of Ganesha makes it seem even more stunning.
- On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, you are only permitted to present an idol of Ganesha. Due to the fact that we do puja on this day in an effort to appease Lord Ganesha, you should steer clear of an idol that depicts Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha all in one image.
- Keep in mind that a piece of modak (an Indian sweet) and a mouse (called a Mushak) should always be included in the statue of Ganesha when you put it in its proper place.
- Do not place or install an idol of Ganesh in a bedroom or on a wall that is next to or close to a bathroom. According to Vastu Shastra, this is a really bad idea.
- If there is a part of your house that does not adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Vastu Shastra, you should create a Swastik there using orange sindoor and cow ghee. When this is done, the potentially detrimental effects of the Vastu Dosha are mitigated.
There is a certain amount of symbolism that is linked with the way the trunk is oriented. For instance, if the trunk is positioned to the left and either over or close to the modak, then this is indicative of a “wish or boon bestowing” Ganesha, as the “modak” refers to one’s wants and needs.
A trunk turned to the right represents a decision to devote one’s whole life to the pursuit of siddhi, which literally translates to “perfection.” In most cases, the Devatas are arranged in such a way that they face west. This allows us to do the Pujaa with our backs to the east, which is considered to be the more fortunate direction.
In rare cases, there are exceptions, such as temples where the Sun shines through the windows on the equinox, illuminating the face of the Lord. In certain instances, the deity is facing east, and we do the Pujaa while facing the Devata (divine feminine). In addition to that, there is no other rule.