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How Should we Place Idols in our Temple?

Priyanka Verma | August 31, 2018

A temple is an important part of the house where people place the idols of gods and goddesses and worship them. This is their way of meditating and connecting with god. It gives them peace and inner strength. Every Hindu household has a place of prayer in the eastern or northern part of the house. There are some rules that need to be followed while placing idols in the temple of your house. Not abiding by these rules is not only considered inauspicious by the Vedas but they are also very important from the point of view of vastu.

Let’s see what these rules are:


1) The Very First Place should be of Ganeshji

The Ganesh idol should occupy the first position in your temple. According to the Hindu Shastra, Ganesh ji has the first place amongst all gods and goddesses and while performing any puja, Ganesh ji is worshipped first. It is believed that Ganesh ji is the only god who understands the language of sound and has the power to turn it into light whereas all other gods only understand the language of light and it is Ganeshji who conveys everything to them. It is also believed that if you are able to please Ganesh ji, all other gods also remain happy with you and so he is given prime importance.


2) Isht Dev, Kuldevi and Kuldev

Isht Dev and Devi help in the fulfilment of your wishes. Place them immediately after Ganesh ji or you can also place your Kuldevi or Kuldevta after Ganesh ji. These are the gods who are considered to be the protector of the family by your ancestors and so they should be placed after Ganesh ji.


3) Follow Cone-Shaped Arrangement for the Deities

After Ganesh ji and Isht Dev, a cone shaped arrangement is considered the best for placing other deities. There is a stipulated place for every deity in this arrangement. All the female gods should be placed on the right side while all the male gods need to be placed on the left side. The last and widest part of the cone should have the deities of God Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh since they are the creator, administrator and destroyer of the world. The idols should be placed on the basis of their respect, willpower, knowledge and karmashakti (in that order). This arrangement points towards the fact that the sharpest edge of the cone has Ganesh ji, who manifests good virtues while the widest part has the Trinity gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who don’t have any fixed attributes.


4) The Correct Direction for Placing each Idol

It is believed that Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, along with Kartikeya and Surya Dev should be placed in the east in such a way that their eyes are in the West direction. If you worship the Shivling, then place it in the northern direction. Ganeshji, Ma Durga and Bhairav’s eyes should move from North to South.

In spite of knowing this, if due to some reason, you still aren’t able to place the idols in the above-mentioned order, just place all the deities in the north-east direction.

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Priyanka Verma




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