Table of Content IntroductionThe Birth of GaneshaDecoding the Ganesha StatueHead - large elephant headArms - protects the UniverseAttributes in Ganesha’s HandsGanesha and AnimalsSignificance of the MouseGanesha and the Symbols of AuspiciousnessSri Ganesha Statues For YouIn Your Puja GharIn your Place of WorkIn your Home DecorConclusion
Table of Content
The Birth of Ganesha
Decoding the Ganesha Statue
Head - large elephant head
Arms - protects the Universe
Attributes in Ganesha’s Hands
Ganesha and Animals
Significance of the Mouse
Ganesha and the Symbols of Auspiciousness
Sri Ganesha Statues For You
In Your Puja Ghar
In your Place of Work
In your Home Decor
The beloved Hindu elephant-headed-deity popularly known as Lord Ganesha
has intrigued thinking men all over the world, all through the ages even unto
the present day. Revered across India as the ideal son, brother, and protector
of all beings, Sri Ganesha is evoked as “Prathama Pujya”- the first worshipped
god. With his blessings, a person gains confidence in the success of their
endeavor and his guarding hand keeps negativity and
ignorance at bay. The majesty of Sri Ganesha is all-pervading in the Hindu
religious world, to understand one has to go back to Ganesha’s birth. The
sacred texts of Hinduism give a variety of stories narrating the events of Lord
Ganesha's birth. The most popular is the one where Ganesha was
created by Goddess Parvati as a guardian of
her privacy and the following events resulted in Ganesha getting his
elephant head and position as Ganapati- Lord of Ganas.
Once upon a time on Kailash, goddess Parvati was taking a bath in
her private chambers when Lord Shiva entered her bathing area, without
announcing his arrival. Enraged with this surprise, goddess Parvati decided to
guard her personal space against any such intrusion in the future. Before going
for her bath the next time, she rubbed off the sandalwood paste on her body and
fashioned the figure of a young boy. She infused life into the figure and
called him her son. The boy was instructed by Devi Parvati to protect his
mother’s solitude and not let anyone enter her chamber while she took her
Soon after, Shiva (Lord of destruction and husband of Parvati)
came to see Parvati but the young boy, Lord Ganesha, blocked his way. Shiva,
unaware that this lad was his son, became furious and in great anger fought
with this boy whose head got severed from his body in the ensuing battle.
Parvati, returning from her bath, saw her headless son and threatened in her
sorrowful rage to destroy the heavens and the earth.
Shiva pacified her and instructed his followers (known as Ganas)
to bring the head of the first living being they encountered. The first
creature they encountered was an elephant. They thus cut off its head and
placed it on the body of Parvati's son and breathed life into him. Overjoyed
and relieved at the revival of her son, Parvati embraced the elephant-headed
boy, who was crowned the head of the Ganas- Gana+ Isha (lord). As a dutiful son
of the supreme mother goddess Parvati, Ganesha continues to guard her home-
this world. His blessings make every occasion auspicious, which is why in the
common parlance of India, the act of starting something new is often described
as doing its “Sri Ganesha” (श्री गणेश करना).
A Ganesha statue in a Hindu household is a must-have divine icon, to be
worshipped and seen daily for the success of all big and small deeds. Small Ganesha
statues are often placed in the Puja ghar, while larger icons are used
as Vaastu-prescribed pieces, kept in certain corners of the home to bring a
balance to the aura of the space. Let us take a closer look at the Ganesha
statue to understand the deeper meanings behind it.
The large elephant head represents wisdom, the ears like a
winnowing basket keep the bad separate from the good, and the elephant’s trunk
used to push away hindrances from its path symbolizes Ganesha’s ability to
destroy the obstacles of one’s life. The elephant is the largest and strongest of animals in the
forest. Yet he is gentle and, amazingly, a vegetarian, so he does not kill to
eat. He is very affectionate and loyal to his keeper and is greatly swayed if
love and kindness are extended to him. Ganesha, though a powerful deity, is
similarly loving and forgiving and moved by the affection of his devotees. But
at the same time, the elephant can destroy a whole forest and is a one-man army
when provoked. Ganesha is similarly most powerful and can be ruthless when
According to the strict rules of Hindu iconography, Ganesha
statues with only two hands are taboo. Hence, Ganesha idols are most commonly
seen with four hands (chaturbhuja form) which signify their divinity. Ganesha
figures with six, eight, ten, sixteen, or even more hands are also worshipped,
in which the Lord holds powerful weapons symbolizing his prowess as the
protector of the universe.
Ganesha is normally shown with one hand in the Abhaya pose of
protection and the second holding a sweet (modaka) symbolic of the sweetness of
the realized inner self. In the two hands behind him, he often holds an ankusha
(elephant goad) and a pasha (noose). The noose is to convey that worldly attachments
and desires are nooses. The goal is to prod man to the path of righteousness
and truth. With this goad, Ganesha can both strike and repel obstacles. His pot
belly signifies the bounty of nature and also that Ganesha swallows the sorrows
of the Universe and protects the world.
The Ganesha statue is a composite one. Four animals viz., man,
elephant, the serpent as a belly belt), and the mouse is often seen as a part
of a Ganesha icon. All of them individually and collectively have deep symbolic
significance. The image of Ganesha thus represents man's eternal striving
towards integration with nature. He has to be interpreted taking into
consideration the fact that though millennia rolled by, a man yet remains
closer to animals today than he was ever before. The inclusion of various
animals such as lion, peacock, snake, and rat in the iconography of Sri Ganesha,
who is the Lord of Wisdom, also underlines his mastery over the basal nature of
human beings, which is not so different from these creatures of the wild.
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The little mouse whom Lord Ganesha is supposed to ride upon is
another enigmatic feature in his iconography. At first glance, it seems
strange that the lord of wisdom has been granted a humble obsequious mouse
quite incapable of lifting the bulging belly and massive head that he
possesses. But it implies that wisdom is an attribute of an ugly conglomeration
of factors and further that the wise do not find anything in the world
disproportionate or ugly.
The mouse is, in every respect, comparable to the intellect. It
can slip unobserved or without our knowledge into places that we would have not
thought it possible to penetrate. In doing this it is hardly concerned whether
it is seeking virtue or vice. The mouse thus represents our wandering, wayward
mind, lured to undesirable or corrupting grounds. By showing the mouse paying
subservience to Lord Ganesha it is implied that the intellect has been tamed
through Ganesha's power of discrimination.
A Sri Ganesha idol is also sculpted with Hindu symbols of
auspiciousness and divinity. One of the most common motifs seen with Sri
Ganesha statues is the Purna-ghata or the vase of plenty, which in Hindu
beliefs represents fertility and plushness, qualities which are also associated
with goddess Lakshmi. Decorating the iconographical representation of Ganesha
in some statutes is the lotus pedestal or Padmasana, which symbolizes spiritual
awakening and purity. The symbol of “Aum”- the first sound from which the universe is believed to
have originated, when inverted, resembles the head of Ganesha, which is why
drawing an Aum or keeping an Aum pendant or symbol with you is considered the
source of the blessings of Sri Ganesha in your life.
In the Hindu religion, Sri Ganesha’s universal greatness has
been recorded as his 8 or 32 forms. Popularly known as Ashta Ganapati or
Ashta-Vinayaka, these forms are worshipped together or separately for gaining
success in different fields of life. Whether you are a devout Ganapataya
(follower of Ganesha), a Hindu devotee, or someone who seeks to have Ganesha’s
blissful presence in your life, a statue of Sri
Ganesha in your home is the
way to ensure it.
You can place a four-armed (Chautr-bhuja) Ganesha murti in your
Puja Ghar and worship the elephant-headed lord daily for attaining his
benevolence. Idols of Ganesha made from pure brass and bronze are perfect for
regular ritualistic worship, which will bring your life auspiciousness and
divinity. You can also place Ganesha with Lakshmi and Saraswati, Ganesha with
Riddhi and Siddhi, and Ganesha with Shiva and Parvati in your Puja ghar to
experience the heavenliness of the elephant-headed god.
A small Ganesha idol placed on your workstation or a large icon
of Ganapati for your office space is the key to welcoming Ganesha’s qualities
in your professional sphere. Following Vaastu tips on the placement of Ganesha,
you can buy an exquisite marble or stone statue or a traditional Panchaloha statue
for your work and experience wisdom, calmness, and success seep into your
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Artistically made wooden, marble, and metal statues and wall
hangings of Sri Ganesha are preferred by Vaastu experts to correct the
Vaastu-related issues of a house, and instill sacredness in the environment. Dancing
Ganesha or Nritya Ganapati, Baby
Ganesha or Baala Ganapti,
Panchamukhi or Five-Headed
Ganesha, and the popular
four-armed royally seated Sri Ganesha are some of the most loved aspects of
Ganesha for home décor. Modern representations of Ganesha with musical
instruments, reclining Ganesha, and other stylized variations fitting the abstract
and minimalistic requirements of home décor are also well-liked among the
followers of Sri Ganesha.
The chronicle of Ganesha’s might and glory in Indian religion
and Hindu art is unending. Moved by the immensity of Sri Ganesha, Indian
artists have handcrafted a range of magnificent Sri Ganesha murtis, which are
the best way to feel the presence of Ganesha in your life. Exotic India Art
brings to you an assemblage of handmade and divine icons of Parvati-Putra (son
of goddess Parvati), sculpted by skilled artists following the established
instructions of ancient iconographical traditions. Bring
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Key TakeawaysLord Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism and is considered to be the remover of obstacles and the lord of new beginnings.Ganesha is typically depicted with an elephant head and a human body, and is often portrayed with multiple arms, each holding a different object or symbol.Ganesha has a number of different names and epithets, each with a different meaning and significance. Some of the most commonly used names include Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Vighnaharta.Ganesha's image is full of symbolism, with each aspect of his appearance representing a different attribute or quality. For example, his elephant head represents wisdom and intelligence, while his large belly symbolizes his ability to digest both the good and the bad in life.Ganesha is associated with a number of different rituals and practices, including the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which is celebrated with great fanfare across India and in many other parts of the world.The worship of Ganesha is believed to bring good fortune, success, and prosperity, and is popular among people from all walks of life, including students, businesspeople, and artists.
Lord Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism and is considered to be the remover of obstacles and the lord of new beginnings.
Ganesha is typically depicted with an elephant head and a human body, and is often portrayed with multiple arms, each holding a different object or symbol.
Ganesha has a number of different names and epithets, each with a different meaning and significance. Some of the most commonly used names include Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Vighnaharta.
Ganesha's image is full of symbolism, with each aspect of his appearance representing a different attribute or quality. For example, his elephant head represents wisdom and intelligence, while his large belly symbolizes his ability to digest both the good and the bad in life.
Ganesha is associated with a number of different rituals and practices, including the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which is celebrated with great fanfare across India and in many other parts of the world.
The worship of Ganesha is believed to bring good fortune, success, and prosperity, and is popular among people from all walks of life, including students, businesspeople, and artists.
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