Ganesha – The Lord of Success and Prosperity
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Destroyer) and his wife Parvati, the Goddess of love, fertility and devotion. He was given this position after he won a race from his brother, Kartikay, God of war and victory. The competition was to race around the universe and whoever came first became the master of all Gods. GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... walked around his parents as he considered them the source of all existence, and he won the race through his humbleness and intellect.
Ganesha’s elephant head symbolizes auspiciousness, strength and intellect. He has a round protruding belly signifying the earthly existence of mankind. It is believed that the whole universe resides in his belly. His flappy, big ears mean that he listens to every problem, all the petitions and separates good from bad and reality from unreality. He removes problems and troubles from one’s life thus also known as Vighnaharta and Vigneshavara (remover of obstacles). At times, he is also Vighnakarta (obstacle creator) when he wants to test a being and his spirituality. His curved trunk (VakratundaVakratunda
Ganesha’s First manifestation is of Vakratunda...) denotes the primal sound, OM it is a sacred sound, which is meditated upon and considered as a spiritual icon by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. It is the primordial sound which is considered infinite, all encompassing, the truth of existence, the ultimate reality of the universe, the cause of life and the ultimate reality of being. It is the finest essence of life which helps in gaining the knowledge of self and the universe. or Aum, also the symbol of cosmic reality.
He has a goad in his upper right hand, denotes his help to mankind for always moving forward on the path of righteousness and truth. His upper left-hand carries a noose through which he captures all the difficulties and conveys detachment from worldly illusions of pleasure and desires. The broken tusk in his lower right hand is the symbol of a sacrifice which he made to write Mahabharata (Hindu epic). He broke his tusk while a seer named Vyasa narrated the incidents, and Ganesha inscribed them. His lower left-hand holds a rosary shows that the pursuit of knowledge is eternal.
Ganesha holds a laddoo, type of a sweet in his truck which indicates that one must realize the sweetness of inner self. He rides a rat that signifies his humbleness that even after being the Lord of Gods, he rides a rodent. Rats are also seen as trouble makers. They create destruction. Ganesha riding a rat also signifies his ability to control the evil.
Legends of Elephant- Headed Ganesha’s Birth
There are two very strong legends related to the birth of Ganesha. According to one, ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... made a boy out of clay when she had to take bath in her husband’s absence. Ganesha was given the task of not letting anyone in. While Parvati was taking a bath, Shiva arrived, and Ganesha denied him entry into the house. Angered Shiva then beheaded him. When Parvati found out, she broke into tears. Shiva then asked his troop to get him any head of a living being sleeping in the north direction, and they beheaded an elephant. Thus, Ganesha’s original head was replaced by an elephant’s head.
According to another story, when Parvati was blessed with a son, every God came to meet him except ShaniShani
Shani, literally means the one who moves very... (Planet Saturn). He was worried that as soon as he will look at the boy, his head will turn into ashes, and this is what exactly happened. BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)... (One of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Creator) then intervened and fixed an elephant’s head on Ganesha’s body.
God of Beginning
The name of Ganesha is considered so auspiciousness that before starting any big thing, he is remembered and prayed to. Either buying a new car or entering in a new home or starting a wedding ceremony or performing Indian classical dance form like Bharatnatyam, Ganesha is always first paid tribute to.