One of the most important Gods in Hinduism is Lord Shiva, who is also Trimurti’s third arm. The Trimurti is composed of the creator, the organizer, and lastly, the destroyer. These correspond to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (or Mahesh). Shiva the destroyer maintains life’s cycle. He is also known as Lord Natarja, and is believed to be both a generous and formidable figure.

A Shiva statue has a few distinct features: a third eye found on the forehead, a curved moon on his head, hair that represents the River Ganges, and a snake (Vasuki) wrapped around his neck which represents the Lord’s cosmic energy. In most statues, he has a Trishula or a trident which has a two-headed drum or a Damru, and a flame which means the destruction of the world so that a new one can arise. He could also be wearing clothes which are created from a leopard’s skin, and standing above a demon dwarf who stands for man’s ignorance and ego, which Shiva has defeated in order to attain true wisdom.

According to the science of structural design in Ayurveda or Vastu, the best place for a Shiva statue to be positioned is on the northeast corner of your home. This is also the ideal place for meditation or the Pooja room or the Ishan corner. A Shiva statue must never be placed on the floor, and the safest area to put it is on an altar table. One Shiva statue is enough, as two or more figures can counteract the energy. A figure of Lord Shiva must never be placed in the workplace or in an office.