In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is considered one of the most highly important deities as he is the third arm of the Trimurti. The trimurti consists of the destroyer represented by Lord Shiva, and the creator and organizer, represented by Brahma and Vishnu respectively. His presence as the destroyer is essential as he maintains the cycle of life. Lord Shiva is a deity that is both generous and fearsome because of his power. Are you thinking of buying a Shiva statute? Here’s a tip: One is enough. Adding another Shiva idol or statue to your home will counteract the other’s energy.

Some of the notable features of Shiva are his third eye on his forehead, the curved moon adorned on his hair. His hair also has the famous river, River Ganga or Ganges flowing from it. Other features in the appearance of Lord Shiva are Vasuki, the snake, which is wrapped around his neck, his trishula or three-headed spear, and the damru or the two-headed drum.

Statues and idols of Lord Shiva typically have flames, which represents the world’s destruction so that it rebuilds itself again. There is also a demon dwarf—the symbol for the ignorance and ego of humans, which Shiva has defeated in order to attain true wisdom.

Because of Shiva’s strong energy, you have to make sure that you are buying an idol that compliments your energy. A sitting Shiva is calm while a dancing Shiva is strong and vigorous. Be sure to buy one that does not match your personality but rather in a sense, balances it.

Do not place a Shiva statue at your workplace because his powerful energy is too strong to be in your office. According to the Ayurvedic science of architecture or Vastu, the ideal place for Hindu Deity idols is at the northeast corner of your home. Do not place this statue near the foot of your bed or under anything such as a clothesline. The most appropriate placement of a Hindu statue such as a Shiva idol is on an altar table.