Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui tips to bring wealth and good luck using elephant figurines

Here’s how to include elephant figurines in your home décor in the right way, as per Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui, to maximise its benefits

The elephant figurine holds an important place in Hindu mythology and is often used in home décor, to symbolise power, integrity and strength. Ganesha is the elephant-headed God, who bestows blessings and clears obstacles. The magnificent elephant vehicle of Goddesses Lakshmi and Lord Indra represents divine knowledge and royal power. The elephant figure has its own importance, according to Feng Shui, as well as Vastu Shastra. Elephants, in Feng Shui, symbolise power, wisdom, good luck and fertility. People often include statues and paintings of elephants, to bring positivity to a home.

Here’s how to include elephant figurines in your home décor in the right way, to maximise its benefits.


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.

What do elephant statues represent?

In Vastu and Feng Shui, elephant statues are a symbol of  prosperity, positivity, courage, knowledge and these characters together bring in good luck to you and your family.

Are elephants a symbol of good luck?

The combination of all the characters of an elephant together brings in good luck.  Also, elephant is symbolic of lord Ganesha who is believed to bring lots of goodness in the form of luck, success and protection. Thus, keeping elephant figurines at home is a way of welcoming positive energy into your home and life.

Where should elephant statues be placed at home?

As elephants are considered to act as saviours and protectors, placing the statues at the front door is considered to be lucky. You can place a pair of elephants with their trunks raised up if your home has a wide entrance, facing inwards. If you want to guard your home from 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.

Placing an image of a mother elephant and her baby in the parent’s bedroom or child’s bedroom, strengthens the bond between the child and the parents. This nurturing symbol can be placed in the family room too.


Tips to bring wealth and good luck using elephant figurines


How to place elephants for fertility

For couples aspiring for a child, place a pair of elephants on either side of the door opening into your bedroom. Ensure that the elephants face the bedroom. You can also keep the elephant statue on each of the bedside tables, facing the bed. One can also place a statue of seven elephants together in the bedroom as it is symbolises fertility.

You can also choose an elephant with the trunk down, as it is believed that an elephant with its trunk down can store and accumulate energy and can also push through various obstacles. Considered to a strong symbol of fertility, an elephant statue with her trunk down placed in your home’s fire element will play a key role in your marital relationship.

The north and the east corner are considered ideal, for the placement of elephant symbols and paintings.

Front doorGood luck, protection and strength to the household
BedroomPromotes love and faithfulness
Family / children’s roomMakes the bond stronger between family members
Children’s roomBrings knowledge and academic success
North directionFor career growth

See also: Vastu tips for Ganesha images and idols


Where to place elephant figurines for luck and fortune?

There are two major positions, where you can place elephant figurines to attract luck. 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 symbolises prosperity and success in your career.

Studies and academic pursuits

If you are seeking luck in academics, love or relationships, keep the artifact facing outwards from the front door.

For the study, an elephant with its trunk raised is a good symbol. Elephants are known for their powerful memory and sharp mental acumen. Hence, a statue or painting is ideal on the study desk.

Elephant imagery in the ‘Dui’ area in your home, as per the Feng Shui bagua map, can create more protection and wisdom for the children.


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 symbolises wisdom and power, when placed in the work environment. Its presence will energise your career and business.

The ideal direction to place the elephant figurine in the office area is the north direction. It will lead to growth in the area of work and wisdom. Those looking for a boost in their career should place the elephant figurine in this direction as the north direction is ruled by Kuber, the lord of wealth. It is the direction of wealth and career. 

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 the space.


Tips to bring wealth and good luck using elephant figurines


Significance of the elephant trunk postures

According to Feng Shui, while a raised elephant trunk symbolises good mood, a trunk that is down means focus and sensuality.

Upward pointed elephant trunk

An upward-pointed elephant trunk is said to bring energy, luck, prosperity and kindness. The elephant raises its trunk to greet friends and express happiness. Place an elephant with an upward trunk to be showered with good fortune and compassion.

An elephant figurine with the trunk in an upward direction also 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.

Downward pointed elephant trunk

The trunk in the downward direction represents 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.


Tips to bring wealth and good luck using elephant figurines


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 and colours of elephant figurineSignificance
White elephantRichness, luxury, wealth
Red elephantFame and recognition
Black elephantProsperity and success
Green elephantGood luck and power
Trunk in the upward directionFortune, success
Elephant standing on rear legsPower, protection
Two elephants crossing their trunksBonding, friendship
Two elephants with one of them without tuskHealthy relationship between males and females
Three elephantsPeaceful family life
Elephants holding crystal ballWill help to bring harmony and balance in one’s life
A proud elephant standing on coinsSymbolises power, wisdom, wealth and protection of the home

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.

A statue of a frog on an elephant or a monkey on an elephant in the north, brings stability in career. A laughing Buddha seated on an elephant carries sadness and woes away and brings good luck, according to Feng Shui. Four or more elephants on a tusk ( wooden or made from resin ) bridge brings good fortune and protection to the family. The blue elephant and rhinoceros are a Feng Shui symbol kept at home for protection from accidents, robbery and betrayal.

See also: Vastu tips for the bedroom


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.

Nettipattam Vastu

According to mythology, the Kumilas (doms) and its 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.


Material of lucky elephant

Lucky elephant can be made from various materials, such as jade, silver, wood, marble, metal, poly resin, glass, porcelain, lac, etc. Besides plain elephant figurines one also can keep elephant figurines that are studded with gemstones, brightly painted or have ornate leafing done on them.


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 at 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. Elephants are the guards and the protectors of an office and the household. Placing an elephant statue or painting near the front entrance will prevent the chi energy from leaving.
  • Placing an elephant on the work desk aids increased concentration, focus and helps to deal with pressure.
  • You can also place seven elephants in a line, as it represents eternity and symbolises longevity and overcoming of death. These seven elephants represent happiness, wisdom, prudence, royal dignity, invincible power, longevity and intelligence.
  • Elephant figurines should never be placed in the bathroom or kitchen.
  • Also avoid keeping elephant pictures depicting war, violence and animal cruelty.


Elephant décor ideas for good luck at home

To bring positivity and harmony, one can creatively use elephant figurines and designs in various ways at home. Elephant figurines can enhance any home done up in contemporary, vintage, industrial or minimal style.


Elephant in various forms

Elephant painting

For the right effect, you can choose a painting of an elephant. Choose an image that depicts positive imagery. Avoid destructive, violent, or cruel images.

Elephant statues

Elephant statues can be used in décor at home or in office. One can incorporate elephant figurines as coffee table legs, in fountains, piggy banks, lamps, bookshelf holders, pen stands, elephant-shaped pottery, door handles, etc.

Vastu elephant photos

One can use elephant paintings, as prints on wall paper, decal wall art, or as designs on the cushions. Elephant photographs can be very powerful but they should be soothing images.

Vastu elephant images on textiles

If not possible to get a sculpture, you can use prints of elephants on textiles. Tapestry wall hanging, wallpaper, murals, draperies, and upholstery are equally effective.

According to Vastu, the main door decorated with Goddesses Lakshmi (with coins), seated on a lotus with elephants, is considered auspicious.



Is it bad luck for the elephant trunk to face down?

No, it does not represent bad luck.

How do you place an elephant statue in your house?

You can place an elephant statue anywhere, depending on the type of effect you want.

Are elephant figurines good luck?

Yes, elephant figures are considered very lucky.

What does elephant symbolise, spiritually?

Elephants are considered sacred and they represent manifestation, strength, spiritual power, sensitivity and wisdom.

Who is Airavata?

Airavata is the sacred white elephant belonging to Indra and is the king of elephants.

Which colour elephant is good for home?

Elephant figurines can be white, grey, brown, red, green or any colour. All are associated with good luck.

Is it good luck if an elephant's trunk is up?

Placing elephant figurines with trunk up at home, especially at the entrance, is believed to attract good luck. The trunk in an upward direction also denotes fortune and success.

Can we keep silver elephant statue at home?

Placing a silver elephant statue in the house is believed to be auspicious as it attracts good luck, wealth and luxury. It should be placed in the north direction, as per Vastu shastra.

(With inputs from Purnima Goswami Sharma and Aruna Rathod)


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