Lord Ganesha is one of the most worshipped deities among all castes and religions. Every Hindu will always keep a statue, painting, picture or handcrafted item of Lord Ganesha at home and their workplace. We guide you on the importance and meaning of different postures of Lord Ganesha which when kept at home and office can bring about peace, happiness and prosperity.
The standing posture is known as Abhnga which means no bent body. The standing posture of Lord Ganesha is a representation of correct attitude and rigidity. Several times while the Lord is standing, his one leg rests firmly on the ground and the other on his vahana (vehicle), the mouse. Lord Ganesha looks huge and enormous in this form. It is believed that a standing Ganesha at workplace brings energy and enthusiasm to work but a standing idol at home is said to bring bad luck.
Lord Ganesha is commonly seated on a Lotus or flower with his left leg folded which denotes meditation and right leg resting on the ground which denotes his concern about the affairs of the world. This posture signifies that the Lord is there to help his devotees and bestow his blessings on the world.
The reclining posture symbolizes comfort, luxury, wealth and prosperity. When the Lord is shown in this form it gives a very divine and royal look. He usually reclines on the throne with a pillow to support one of the arms for the extra comfort. This form is commonly seen in paintings, sculptures and artifacts that in the idols to worship.
This form is popularly known as Nritya Ganesha which represents Lord Ganesha in various dance postures. It is believed that the Lord used to entertain his parents by dancing. In most of the idols it is noted that the right one rests on the ground and his left leg is raised and his movements show grace and poise.
The curved trunk of Lord Ganesha symbolizes primordial cosmic sound of OM and represents a well developed intellect and wisdom. Statues of Ganesha are kept at home and office to attract prosperity and ward off bad influences. Normally a Ganesha with its trunk facing left and avoiding the right is bought because it is said that idols with the trunk curved to the right need special worship and the prayers need to be done as per Vedic rules and at the right time failing which it incurs the anger of the residing Lord. Thus it is difficult for householders to adhere to.