Monday, 27 August 2012

Why is Ganapati with the right Sided trunk not commonly worshipped?

As Ganesha Chathurthi is approaching, I thought this information would be beneficial.
It is a popular belief that an idol with the tip of the trunk pointing towards the right and left are called right-sided and left-sided idols respectively; however this is not the case. One should not decide whether the idol is right-sided or left-sided depending upon which side the trunk is directed. It should be decided depending on the direction in which the initial curve of the trunk points. If the initial curve of the trunk in a Ganesh idol points towards the right and the tip of the trunk points towards the left yet the idol should be considered a rightsided idol. The reason for this is that, the initial curve of the trunk pointing towards the right indicates that the right (that is Sun) channel (nāḍi) of Ganapati is active.
1. Right-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the right is called dakshinmurti or dakshi­nabhimukhi murti (the idol facing the south). Dakshin means the southern direction or the right side. The southern direction leads to the region of God Yama (Yamalok), the deity of death while the right side belongs to the Suryanāḍi (Sun channel). One who is able to face the direction of the region of Yama is powerful. So also, one with an activated Suryanāḍi is also radiant. Thus in both senses, the Ganapati idol with the trunk curved towards the right is said to be ‘active (jagrut)’.
One feels repulsed by the south direction because it is in that direction that scrutiny of one’s sins and merits is carried out after death, in the region of God Yama. Scrutiny akin to that done in the south after death, begins when alive if one faces the south or sleeps with the legs directed towards the south. The dakshin ābhimukhi idol is not worshipped ritualistically in the usual manner because tiryak (Raja) frequencies are emitted from the south. The ritualistic worship of this idol is performed by observing all the norms of ritualistic worship meticulously. Consequently the Sattva component is augmented and one is not distressed by the Raja frequencies coming from the south.
Since, observing all the norms ritulistically for Balamuri Ganapathi at home is difficult in today's age and time, it is suggested to worship this Ganapathi at temples.
Ex: Shri Siddhi Vinayak temple, in Mumbai - Balamuri/Dakhshinamurthy
2. Left-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the left is called Vāmamukhi. Vam means the northern direction or the left side. The Chandranāḍi (Moon channel) is situated to the left. It bestows tranquility. Besides, since the northern direction is spiritually favourable and bestows Bliss (Ānand), mostly the Vamamukhi Ganapati is worshipped. It is worshipped ritualistically in the usual manner. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders.
Ex: Bengaluru Dodda Ganapathi Temple - VamaMukhi

1 comment:

  1. it is an useful information - thanks- VM Nambiar- Sri Vidhya Dharma Sabha