How to Sacredly Keep Ganesh Idols in Your Home
There are many such things you need to know before keeping Ganesh idols in your home. If you don’t follow these traditions and customs, you may be inviting bad luck to your home.
But, if you follow these rules and customs, Lord Ganesha will bless you with all the goodness in the world. So here are those rules, traditions and customs that you need to follow while keeping vinayak at your home.
Things You Need to Follow before Keeping Ganesh idols at Your Home
You can keep Ganesh idols in your home in many ways. One popular way is to place an idol of Lord Ganesha just opposite to the main entrance of your home. It is believed that this Drishti Ganesha will ward off all the evil from entering your home and bring prosperity. When you place Lord Ganesha this way, he will be the guardian of your home.
However, when you place Lord Ganesha idol at the entrance, you should always keep it in pair. One facing the entrance and another one facing the other way. Why? Because keeping a Ganesha idol with its backside facing any other room of your house is said to bring poverty. Therefore, to compensate that, you keep another idol facing the opposite direction.
You can also keep idols in your showcases. In that case, it is necessary that you leave at least 1 inch between idols.
Another thing to note is how you keep certain things near the Ganesha idols. For instance, keeping anything made of leather around the Ganesha idol is not recommended. Leather, after all, is made from parts of a dead animal. So keep anything made of leather including your leather belts, shoes or bags away from the idol.
Apart from this, when you buy a Ganesha idol for your home, there is one important thing you need to remember — avoid Ganesha idols with trunk to the right side.
A Ganesha idol with trunk to the right needs special attention and special poojas. You won’t be able to meet these needs at home and that’s why these Ganesha idols are only found in temples. That said, you could safely keep Ganesha idols with trunks to left, straight or in the air at your home.
Material Types of Ganesh idols and the Directions to Keep Them
Silver Ganesha – A silver Ganesh idol is supposed to bring fame and publicity for you. If you have any silver Ganesh idol in your collection, place it in the Southeast, West or Northwest direction. According to vastu, never place these silver idols in South or Southwest direction.
Copper Ganesha- Installing copper Ganesh idol in home is believed to be good for those who desire descendants. Keep these copper Ganesh idols in East or South direction. Never keep these idols in Southwest and Northwest directions.
Wood Ganesha- Wooden Ganesh idols, including those made of sandalwood, has many benefits. We worship these idols for good health, long life and success. So keep the wooden Ganesh idol in the North, northeast or east directions. Do not keep these idols in the southeast direction.
Clay Ganesha- Clay Ganesh idol also has multiple benefits. Worshiping these clay idols ensures you success, good health and helps you in removing obstacles. However, never keep these clay idols in the west or north direction. You are supposed to keep them at southwest direction.
Brass Ganesha- Ganesh idols made of brass brings prosperity and joy to your house. These brass Ganesh idols are supposed to be placed at east, south or west directions. At the same time, never keep these idols in northeast or northwest directions.
How to Keep Ganesh Idols for Ganesh Chathurthi
Ten days before the day of Ganesh Chathurthi, people install Ganesh idols in specially made structures and start the pooja. On the first day, the priest installs the Ganesh idol in the temporary structure, called ‘Pandal’. The priest performs special poojas to fill the idol with life. This is called ‘Avahana’. The ritual is accompanied by chanting of sacred mantras and bhajans.
Once the ‘Aavahana’ is complete, you can perform aarti and light diyas around the idol. During the prayers, offer 21 blades of Dhruva grass, 21 modakas, 21 red flowers, and a red tilak using sandalwood. The number 21 represents five organs of perception, five organs of action, five pranas, five elements, and the mind. Keep a coconut and a small bowl of grains alongside the idol. During the whole process, it is auspicious to recite ‘Ashtothara’ of Lord Ganesh.
For the next 10 days, special poojas are done on this Ganesh idol. On the 11th day, the idols are immersed in a river or sea. Singers, dancers, and large number of people accompany the farewell procession of Lord Ganesh idol. The immersion of Ganesh idol symbolizes the journey of Lord Ganesh to Kailash, taking away all the misfortunes of the devotees with him.
So what do you think about having Ganesha idols at home? Do you have one in your home? Do you follow all the customs and traditions in worshiping Lord Ganesha? Share your views with us in the comments.