The elephant figurine holds an important place in Hindu mythology and is often used in home décor, to symbolize power, integrity, and strength. The elephant figure has its own importance, according to Feng Shui, as well as Vastu Shastra. People often include statues and paintings of elephants, to bring positivity to a home.
Benefits of keeping elephant statues at home
- Elephants are the largest living mammals. They represent strength, protection, wisdom, and good luck.
- Elephant symbols invite positive energies into your home and life.
- Like a snow mountain, the elephant embodies dignity, majesty, and power.
- White elephants are considered very auspicious. It is said that the Buddha’s mother dreamt of a white elephant before she gave birth to him.
- Elephants are a particularly powerful image of prosperity and royalty.
- Elephants are also connected to grey rain clouds, to bring bountiful harvests.
Where to place elephant statues at home?
As elephants are considered to act as saviors and protectors, placing the statues at the front door is considered to be lucky. You can place a pair of elephants in your home as a wide entrance, facing inwards. If you want to guard your home against evil or negative energy, you can place it facing outwards, according to Feng Shui.
According to Vastu, hang a painting of elephants in the bedroom, for strengthening your relationship with your spouse. You can also place a pair of elephants in the form of a statue or painting or even cushion covers.
Hanging elephant paintings in the study room or office is also considered lucky. Opt for a mother-child combination of elephants, if you want to hang one in your children’s room. According to Feng Shui, you can also place the figure in the form of wallpaper or toys, to strengthen their knowledge and improve their focus level. If possible, keep the statue of the toy on their study table.
The north and the east corner are considered ideal, for the placement of elephant symbols and paintings.
|Front door||Good luck, protection, and strength to the household|
|Bedroom||Promotes love and faithfulness|
|Family/children’s room||Makes the bond stronger between family members|
|Children’s room||Brings knowledge and academic success|
|North direction||For career growth|
Where to place elephant figurines for luck and fortune?
There are two major positions, where you can place elephant figurines to attract luck. If you are seeking luck in academics, love, or relationships, keep the artifact facing outwards from the front door. You can place a pair of elephants on either side of the door for good luck and blessings for your family. The trunks, in this instance, should be raised as a symbol of trumpeting to attract luck into your home. A pair of elephants inside your front door/entrance also symbolizes prosperity and success in your career.
Where to place elephant figurines at the office?
If you are looking for growth in your career, place an elephant figurine at the workstation. You can keep a picture of an elephant in your work diary or work stationery, to enhance your leadership qualities and improve your performance under pressure. If you are a businessman, you can keep an elephant statue in front of the main door. The elephant symbolizes wisdom and power when placed in the work environment. Its presence will energize your career and business.
Place an elephant at or near the door of your office, to enhance power, wisdom, and success in your work life. If you have a small home office or workspace, you can also place an elephant decor item near the door or entrance to space.
Significance of the elephant trunk postures
According to Feng Shui, while a raised elephant trunk symbolizes a good mood, a trunk that down means focus and sensuality. The trunk in the downward direction represents the ability to solve challenges and longevity. Contrary to popular belief, an elephant trunk in the downward direction does not mean bad luck. Therefore, such statues are suitable for offices, warehouses, etc.
An elephant figurine with the trunk in an upward direction signifies fortune and success. Feng Shui experts also compare the elephant trunk to a vacuum cleaner that sweeps negative energy. Therefore, opt for an elephant statue that is holding something like a crystal ball or any other such element.
Similarly, as per Vastu, elephant statues with their trunks facing upwards are considered to be very lucky and bring good fortune to the family. Elephants with their trunks upwards and standing on the rear legs represent power and protection. Two elephants crossing their trunks signifies bonding and friendship. If one of the elephants has a tusk and the other does not, it signifies a healthy relationship between males and females. Such statues are believed to have a positive impact on couples if placed in the bedroom.
|Type of elephant figurine||Significance|
|White Elephant||Richness, luxury, wealth|
|Trunk in the upward direction||Fortune, success|
|Elephant standing on rear legs||Power, protection|
|Two elephants crossing their trunks||Bonding, friendship|
|Two elephants with one of them without tusk||A healthy relationship between males and females|
Also, it is believed that an elephant with the trunk pointed down stores luck and energy. It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge allowing you to easily overcome various tasks and obstacles. To stay grounded at work or to reserve strength and vitality at home, keep an elephant with a trunk pointing downward.
Placing Nettipattam at home
A lot of people place Nettipattam at home for Vastu reasons. According to traditional culture in Kerala, Nettipattam is used to decorate elephants during festivals. Also called Caparison, Nettipattam is available as wall hangings, in different sizes.
According to mythology, the Kumilas (doms) and their position in a caparison represent the entire pantheon of gods. These are placed or hung in an east-west direction, as it is believed to bring prosperity and peace to your home.
Tips for placing elephant figurines
- Brass elephants figurines are considered the best, for keeping in the bedroom, as it eliminates differences between couples.
- Placing brass elephants in the meeting room brings peace and prosperity to the workplace. In addition, it also works to give success in every sphere of life.
- Placing a solid silver elephant in the house brings luck and fortune. A solid silver elephant figurine should be placed in the north direction.
- If you have a small home office or workspace, you can also place an elephant near the door or entrance space.