The Lord of Beginnings and Remover of all Obstacles, Ganesh also known as Ganapati or Ganapataye is one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu religion and is the most recognised of all the Hindu gods outside of India.
According to Vastu ( the science of architecture in Ayurveda), the best placement of idols is the northeast corner of the house, this is thought
to be a good spot for mediation too.
People seeking happiness, peace, and prosperity should bring a White Ganesh into their home as this particular colour represents purity of intention and spirituality.
Ganesh is calm, yet tenacious and determined and a single seated Ganesh
with his trunk tilted towards his left hand will help invoke the right energy to manifest and achieve your goals as it represents happiness and success.
Ganesh with his trunk tilted towards his right hand is difficult to please because it represents the power of the sun which can “burn.”
Placing a mouse by his feet represents material desires, which can be ridden to their completion but should never disturb inner peace and a dish of sweet things in front of your Ganesh helps you not to get distracted by pleasure so it's best to leave them untouched, you want to make sure your Ganesh is a fat and happy one!
I like to give him jelly beans especially a mix of all different colours to represent all the chakras!
Ganesh shows us the pathway to happiness, inner peace, and success in life.
Like the human spirit, he is the symbol of perseverance in the face adversity
in the form of an idol. He is also represents wisdom and humour, how can anyone not smile when they see this happy deity !
If you wish to invoke Ganesh into your daily life you can chant his mantra :
“Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha ”
This powerful mantra can invoke the root chakra ( where Ganesh resides according to Kundalini ) the energy of transformation can burn through any obstacles in your life and is another way to awaken Shakti energy too.
Mula means "original," and adhara means "foundation." The muladhara chakra is the principal origin from which the energy of Shakti resides within each of us. Awakening this energy, helps us to move through the Chakras with ease activating a strong sense of self, expressing Divine love, communication and clarity and connect to our intuition.
Chanting this mantra can help you to focus on your goals as opposed to your challenges which often present to us an opportunity to learn something about ourselves and grow. Use this mantra also when you want to clear the Chitta Vritti, or the anxious chatter of a busy mind and repeating this Mantra 108 times is especially considered to be powerful and can accelerate your growth in becoming
a better person.
I personally often find myself chanting this in my car and have even worked out how long 108 times takes me so I don't have to chant, drive and count all at the same time ! And I'm sure it helps to clear the road ahead from any traffic obstacles too ....!