Exquisite Ganesh Images: Elevating Your Spirit with Beauty

5 things to know about Ganesha

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1) He’s known as the remover of obstacles

As outlined in the Hindu texts, the universe is nothing but a cosmic mechanism and it is the various divinities of the Vedas that refer to the engineers of that machine. For Gods it may be actually something they own or is responsible for the given parties in life.

According to Ganesha’s traditions, He is the well-known deity who removes apparently insurmountable obstacles. Hence, gods by different people in a diverse world who worship him as a guardian at the doorway of any important matter like business, marriage, childbirth etc, will seek him for the removal of the impediments on the soul’s spiritual trip.

However, the same Ganesha is also known as the guardian of knowledge which is regarded to be hidden. When he is mentioned, the name of Ptolemy comes to mind not only as a geographer or geographer, but also as the patron of astronomy, or astrology. In the Vedic practice the worshipper prays to him, he being believed to be quite knowledgeable about the connections and the linkages the planets may have with the karmas of each individual as well their destiny.

Ganesha’s mercy is regularly invoked by those who chant the mantra, om gam ganapataye namaha, which means: "Namaskar Ganeshay, vighnaharana ka pariwar so you are." Additionally, it is celebrated every year with a 10-day festival in joy of his birthday called Ganesha Chaturthi.

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2) He’s the son of Shiva and Parvati

Having His head of an elephant, he is probably the best-known and favored of all Hindu Gods. The devotees of the Lord Ganesha meditate on him and are said to be blessed by him.

In the book “Ganesha: “The Auspicious…The Beginning,” Shakuntala Jagannathan and Nanditha Krishna, divergences in these narrations and depiction of the origin of Ganesha, present some contradictory narratives.

Devas (gods) implored Shiva to rescue the gods from the hassles which the demons allegedly brought their way. Shiva went along with by means an ivory-headed child with one hand holding a trishopder. It was that day onward that Ganesha was called as the son of Shiva who was born of his mind and who will guard over the devas. Lastly it was her turn as Ganesha's mother Parvati sat down and placing him in her lap recited that no one could win in the battles either human or divine without worshipping Lord Ganesha. Shiva thereupon assigned Ganesha as their chief of the ganas (the celestial troops)

The other version is, Shiva in his haste created one-headed Ganesha, who was immediately blamed by Parvati who felt slighted by the fact that she didn’t have any contribution to Ganesha’s creation. This resulted in her reflecting to Ganesha the head of an elephant due to the blaming. Parvati for the first time beheld that human child, who was an elephant from the head to its shoulders, and she found in her heart a great love and thus said that she could not do anything without the boy.

The most truthful story about Ganesha's coming into life is the one which features the scene when Parvati took bath one time. Shiva went to meditate for a while. During this time, Parvati got this layer of oil and dust off her body. She sculpted them in the shape of a little boy. As soon as she showed him his reflection in a pool of water, which she claimed to be that of a mighty oak tree, he woke up and she named him "Oak." At the queen's command, he went to keep guard while she took a bath. Shiva once again made his presence and Ganesha's refusal to him to see Parvati caused him anger. Not knowing that he is his own father, Darakhasha was really outraged and combated with Ganesh and eventually kill him. Later then Paravati finds out what it had happened she became so sad she wanted to beat the world by upsetting all of the heaven and earth. Once Shiva had quelled Parvati's anger, he instructed the Ganas to go to the north and bring him the head of the first living creature, with its head pointed north. The north is a well-known blessed direction fostering the growth of wisdom. Ganas got back and showed the head of an elephant, which Shiva introduced into the trunk of Ganas, and thus, he returned into life. For others this could be the severed head of Ganesha’s which stands for the transformation of an individual that one must undertake in order to make spiritual progress.

Nevertheless, it may appear conflicting, the multifarious origin stories which are often tied to certain figures of the Hindu mythology also embark on spiritually depicting diverse morals. Besides, many of them illustrate the multi-faceted and multi-layered nature of Hinduism. They vividly portray the infinitely open, inclusive and pluralistic character of this religion.

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3) He’s renowned for his wisdom and intelligence

Ganesha and his brother Kartikeyan faced a challenge to finish up the journey their parents had assigned: to see who would complete the circumnavigation of the earth faster. But Ganesh attentively went around, and not to chase Kartikeya who immediately flew off. When you symbolically view any creature as a main element of your creation, it suggests that Lord Ganesha emerges as the victor in this case. Not only was he wise enough to understand the position his parents held in the universe, but he also demonstrated an important lesson taught throughout Hinduism: that is a great deal of respect payable to parents, without which any person cannot even be born in the world. 

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4) He transcribed the Mahabharata

When Sri Vyasadeva at first aspired to compose the Padma Puranaa and The Mahabharataa into the epic Indian literature genre, he summoned Ganesha, who is well-known as having an exceptional intellect and a great memory, and took him to be his scribe. Ganesha agreed but did so under one condition: that Kaummə̄da the wordsmith should continue dictating the entire narrative without ever stopping even once. Vyasadeva consented, but not before posing his own condition: that before writing a stanza on the other hand, Ganesha must be fully grasping it with a no doubt. Ganesh however, not letting it lay, was ready to give up his own tooth and use it as a pen. And thus, after a long stretch of storytelling, whenever Vyasadeva wanted to take a break, he would end the session with a complex verdict that required Ganesha to spend time on understanding its deep meaning.

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5) His form and sacred symbols all have deeper meanings

The gods described in the Hinduism are often regarded to be great personalities not only because they are empowered and embody mystical potency according to the Vedas, but also because of their capacity to bring about a greater awareness of the spiritual life by only their existence. Thus, the different images of the gods and their tools are a means of visualizing some spiritual concepts. While others may view the union of Ganesha’s body and elephant head as a symbol that the spirit should live in a world where the body and nature are one. The Greek artist utilized a huge elephant head to symbolize wisdom and intellect. The round belly is the universe, while the snake around the waist is the energy that keeps the universe vibrating. The mouse on which he rides stands for the minds that can be restrained by the authority of experience. He has four hands that can perform functions such as cutting off attachments, pulling a person towards the highest goal, giving sweet to those who follow the path of spiritual discipline, and protecting people who want to lead the life of spirituality.

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