If there ever was a popular god in India, it is Ganesh or Ganesha, the elephant headed god!
Ganesh is the god of new beginnings, success and wisdom and the remover of obstacles.
As with all elephants in Hindu culture, he is also associated with knowledge and wisdom.
He holds a Pasha (noose) which he uses to capture and remove obstacles.
He is often shown riding on or attended by a mouse, shrew or rat. This tiny animal-vehicle carries the spirit of it’s god and can slip into every nook and cranny, penetrating even the most sacred places. Therefore Ganesh has both strength and adaptability.
One does not fail to invoke Ganesh before taking any important action, to ensure that obstacles will be overcome quickly as this is supposed to iron out difficulties and pave the way for you. This is why he is a symbol of new beginnings.
Ganesh’s sacred number is 21 and his favourite colours are white, blue, yellow, red and green.
To complete his portrait, here are two legends about Ganesh:
It is said that he was born with a human head. Lord Ganesh’s mother, the Goddess Parvati, carved an idol of a boy out of turmeric and breathed life into it, unbeknownst to her husband, Lord Shiva. So when Ganesh, as a five year old boy, denied Shiva entry Ito his abode because Goddess Parvati was bathing inside and had asked him to guard the door, Shiva did not know him and decapitated Ganesh’s head in anger. Parvati informed her husband of his terrible misunderstanding and asked him to bring his son back to life. He summoned his servants and asked them to bring back the head of the first living creature they encountered …it was the head of an elephant!
The second legend is this: At the request of the gods, who want to distinguish right from wrong, Shiva created Ganesh. Shiva’s son was in his image, very handsome and very intelligent. He took the opportunity to seduce many women and forgot his mission. His mother, Parvati, to reform him and set him on the right path, condemns him to have an elephant head and a big belly…
Affection for Ganesh has crossed borders and he is a familiar deity that Europeans know and appreciate. As in India, this affection is due to his symbolism as benefactor and bearer of luck.
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