3 Essential Things to Know About Lord Shiva Brass Statues

Posted by vivek choudhary on March 30th, 2021

Shiva is the most popular of all Hindu deities. He is worshipped throughout the Indian subcontinent and greater Southeast Asia. Brass Shiva statue is revered as the Lord responsible for maintaining the cycle of existence, including its beginning and conclusion. Being the patron deity of yoga & meditation, he is considered to be ultimately formless, omnipresent. He is the Atman (eternal soul) of the universe itself. He is depicted as Bholenath, an ascetic yogi who lives in the Himalayas in his less abstract depictions. It is said that Lord Shiva grants his followers Moksha (liberation from reincarnation) & eternal happiness and bliss. In this article, one can find some helpful vastu & traditional tips and guidelines on Shiva Murtis!

  1. Where to place a Shiva murti in the home

According to Vastu Shastra(traditional Vedic architecture), there are specific places that one should seat the lord Shiva brass statue to reinforce & strengthen the vibrations & energies they give off. It is most ideal to home lord Shiva &|or his Lingam in the northeasternmost part of the mandir or whatever space is chosen, as is tradition with most murtis. Another reason for this is that Lord Shiva & goddess Parvati reside on mount Kailash and that the symbolic placing of Shiva, Ganesh, & Parvati murtis in northeastern corners is done in homage to this myth.

  1. To Shiva Lingam, or not to Shiva Lingam? That is the question.

To answer that question: yes. Definitely yes. It’s not exactly a shrine to Shiva statue brass without his most sacred symbol. The Lingam stone is an abstract representation of the deva and is considered a literal manifestation of Shiva’s omnipresence & formlessness. There are many myths about the do’s & don’ts of placing lord Shiva in the mandir, and the biggest myth is that you should only keep a single image of Shiva as multiple murtis disrupt the mandir’s vibrations. This is not precisely so. Though Lingas are generally kept somewhat secluded in the mandir, it is not uncommon to have a second murti of Shiva-ji meditating or in his Nataraja(cosmic dance) posture raised on a platform & placed immediately behind the Lingam or adjacent to it.

  1. General upkeep

The general upkeep of Shiva murtis in the home mandir is fundamental! Thankfully, the Shiva statue in India isn’t a very difficult deva to appease. Make sure the mandir is always clean, offer puja at least once a week, and make sure to meditate in front of the murti daily, once just after waking & again just before bed. The only necessary offerings for Shiv puja are water, uncooked rice, flowers, incense, and vibhuti (holy ash). One should also always try to keep a small candle, or diya(brass oil lamp) lit next to the Shiva murti|Shiva Lingam; however, this is unnecessary as sometimes it can be a fire hazard. It’s mainly a traditional thing.

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