Indian culture is vibrant and famous all over the world for its incredible traditions and customs. Almost every Indian festival is associated with numerous traditions which are followed by centuries and still alive. Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the auspicious festivities that are celebrated in a grand manner all over the country. The festival commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king of Lanka, Ravana.
On this auspicious day, Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh are worshipped along with Lord Kuber or Goddess Saraswati. On this day people buy new Ganesh & Laxmi idols every year for Laxmi Puja. However, have you ever noticed that there are different kinds of Ganesh & Laxmi idols? There are different purposes behind different styled idols of Ganesh and Laxmi.
Lord Ganesh Idol with Right or Left-Sided Trunk
The direction of Ganapati’s trunk has also different significances. The right-sided trunk is known as 'Siddhivinayak' or 'Dakshinamukhi.' And it is believed that appeasing Lord Ganesh with the right-sided trunk is difficult. Such an idol requires special worship and one has to follow the Vedic rules ardently and perform puja at exact timings to avoid infuriating the deity. On the other hand, Ganesh idol with left-sided trunk represents the moon and hence called the Chandra Nadi that signifies peacefulness. Such an idol bestows blessings and bliss on his devotees and is easy to appease. So whether you are bringing Ganesh & Laxmi idols this Diwali to your home or gifting someone as a housewarming gift make sure to choose the idol with a left-sided trunk of Lord Ganesh.
Goddess Laxmi with an Owl or an Elephant
You might have noticed that the idols of Goddess Laxmi are either seen with one or two elephants or an owl sitting near her feet. Elephant, as well as an owl, are considered as the vahanas of the goddess. Based on mythology both the elephant and the owl have their own significances. While elephant signifies strength, work, water, rain and prosperity, the owl symbolizes the patient trying hard to see, observe and discover knowledge specifically when darkness reigns. The owl also signifies refraining from greed.
Ganesh & Laxmi Idols in Sitting or Standing Position
Ganesh & Laxmi idols can also be found in two different positions i.e. sitting or standing. Lord Ganesh idols in a sitting position with one leg on the ground symbolizes that the Lord is watching over the devotee’s entire family. Goddess Laxmi in standing position is usually considered auspicious for bankers, money lenders and merchants whereas the sitting position of the goddess is auspicious for homes and offices. Therefore, Ganesh & Laxmi idols in the sitting position are the best for pujas at home and office.
So invite good luck, wealth and prosperity in your life by choosing the right idols this Diwali!
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