Meaning of different postures of Lord Ganesha

The most popular deity of Hindus is Lord Ganesha, every Hindu have Ganesha statues, painting, sceneries and handicrafts. Ganesha idols are very commonly used as decorative purpose but do you know we can also use them as a fengshui item.

Want to know how,the meaning of different postures of Lord Ganesha and effects of placing statue on different locations, please read this blog and welcome prosperity to your home.

Some of the most common postures of Lord Ganesha are:

Dancing Posture
Popularly known as the NrityaGanesha, it represents Ganpathi in various dance postures. In most of the idols it has been noted that his left leg is raised while the right one rests on the ground. It is believed that Lord Ganesha used to entertain his parents by dancing. His movements show grace and poise. The dancing Ganesha symbolizes NatrajaGanesha which is often related to the dance of destruction. Some of the representations show LordGanesha on hisVahana, the mouse. This depicts the sheer power and courageous nature of the small mouse and how after seeking blessings from Ganpati, size does not matter.

Standing Posture

The standing posture is a representation of rigidity and the correct attitude. This posture is known as Abhanga which means no bent body. It has also been noted that sometimes while Lord Ganesha is standing, his one leg rests firmly on the ground while the other is on his vahana (vehicle), the mouse. In this form Lord Ganesha looks huge because of his enormous belly.

Sitting Posture
Usually when we see a seated idol of Lord Ganesha, he is sitting on a throne or on a lotus flower. The most common sitting posture is known as the Lalitasana. It shows Ganpathi sitting on a throne with his left leg folded and the right leg resting on the ground or vice versa. In some of the idols the Lord is seen sitting cross legged on a lotus flower and that particular posture denotes that he is meditating. The leg that rests on the ground shows that Lord Ganesha is concerned about the affairs of the world and is there to help devotee and bestow his blessings on the world. The other leg however denotes his semi meditation pose.

Reclining Ganesha
In many idols and painting Lord Ganesha is shown in a reclining posture. It symbolizes luxury, comfort, wealth and prosperity. When Lord Ganesha is shown in this form it gives a very royal and divine look. He is inclined on a throne usually with a pillow to support one of his arms for the extra comfort. This form is seen more in art forms like paintings, sculptures and artifacts than in idols that are worshiped.

Ganesha`s trunk
The curved trunk also symbolizes the primordial cosmic sound of OM.The well grown trunk of His form represents a well develop intellect and wisdom.
Statues of Ganesha are kept at home to attract prosperity and ward off bad influences.
Whenever anyone buys a statue of Ganesha, they are asked to buy a Ganesha with its trunk facing left and avoid the right. It is said there are reasons for this.

Importance of the direction of the curve of trunk.

 When the trunk curves right, it is called Dakshinabhimukhi in Hindi. The sun`s energies flow through the trunk. This form of Ganesha is called Siddhi Vinayaka, as it can immediately yield desired results. It needs special worship and one has to be very careful in keeping such idols at home. If prayers are not done as per Vedic rules, then it incurs the anger of the residing Lord and as the heat principle is governed by the Lord Sun, it burns away good results. Rules should never be violated and poojas should be done at the right time, in the right suitable way, which is very difficult for householders to adhere to.

➤The dakshinabhimukhi idol or idol of Ganesha with trunk curved right is not usually worshipped at home as there is an emission of frequency waves coming from the south called Tiryak or raja frequency. When all Vedic norms are followed meticulously and worshipped accordingly, then it increases the sattwa or highly positive vibrations that can withstand the raja frequencies emitted from the south direction.

➤When idols with trunk curved right are worshipped, it bestows boons of moksha or salvation. It liberates the soul from worldly fetters.

➤If the trunk faces straight, then it signifies that the sushumna is open and such idols cannot be seen easily.

➤If the trunk is swung high up in the air, it means that the kundalini current has merged with the sahasrara permanently.

If the idol of Ganesha is placed at the main entrance of one`s house it deflects all the negative energies that enter the house.

It is believed that keeping Ganesha statues at home and office brings in good luck.

Ganesha’s Mount
The Rat
In India the rat, represents trick, cleverness, sagacity and political slyness. Therefore, as normally, the rat has been first conquered, then mastered and occupied by the One who is the incarnation of spiritual strength. After all, the rat had to bow to Ganesh, his Master, more efficient to guide him than his own insight.
The rat symbolizes desire. This animal has a very small mouth and minute sharp teeth, but he is the most ravenous of all the animals. His greediness and eagerness are so strong that he robs more than he can eat and that he collects more than he may remember, so that he often leaves inadvertently burrows full of stock grains.

Other Ganesh mounts
If the rat is the usual vehicle of the god, so that Ganesh without His mouse looks missing “something”, exceptions are described: first the peacock, a rare Ganesh vehicle, under the form of Mayureshwar and Vikata.
Very exceptionally, the Ganesh mount may be the elephant, as mentioned in the SkandaPurâna.
In forms like HerambaGanapati, SimhaGanapati, PañchamukhaVinâyaka, Vakratunda, the Ganesh mount is the lion or, moreover, in the case of MooladharaGanapati, a multiple-headed serpent on which He is sitting.

The serpent
Since a very long time, the serpent has been often associated with Ganesh. Tantric texts describe Ganesh holding a serpent. A lot of Ganesh images display a snake coiled around His stomac, or His neck, or like a sacred thread on His left shoulder, whilst He is holding a snake in two of His hands on several Nepalese statues.

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