Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva. Shiva represents the supreme Reality. Ganesha symbolise’s one who has realised the Reality. One who has discovered the godhood in him. Such a man is said to be the lord of all beings. Ganesha is known by other names as well. Ganapati, Gajanana, vinayaka, Vighneshwara. Gajanana means ‘elephant-faced’ Gaja-elephant. Ganesha has four arms. The four arms represent the four inner equipment’s of the subtle body, namely mind, intellect, ego and conditioned-consciousness. In one hand he holds an axe and in another a rope. The axe symbolise’s the destruction of all desires and attachments and their consequent agitation’s and sorrows. The rope is meant to pull the seeker out of his worldly entanglements and bind him to the everlasting and enduring bliss of his own Self.
But why is the trunk curved to right so special and so strict ? The iDa naaDii is on the left side, while the pingalaa naaDii is on the right. The left-turning trunk has easy rules and one can do puja however one wants with respect since the ida naadii is the moon. but the right turning nadi is the sun and will burn one if rules are violated. When the trunk is facing straight forward, then it signifies the sushumna is entirely open. Idols such as these are very rare and special. Even more special is the trunk where the trunk is swung up right in the air. It means the kundalini shakti has reached the sahasra permanently.
A legend states that the reason was that he felt that his mother, Parvati, was a most beautiful and perfect woman in the universe. Bring me a woman as beautiful as she is, and I shall marry her , he said.
None could find as equal to the lovely uma. The gods as still searching and so is Ganesha!. Why should we use Lord Ganapati’s statue only in seated, and not in standing position? When we have a guest, we offer him a seat; we do not leave him standing. Similarly, during Ganesh Chaturthi we invoke the Ganesh principle (Ganesh tattva), meaning me invite Lord Ganesh. Hence, we should show hospitality with the faith that Lord Ganesh Himself is visiting us.
Besides, if we the statue is kept standing for 10 days, there are chances of the weight on the legs of the statue actually breaking the statue. Hence, statues should be made as the traditional ones in the seated position.