Lord Ganesha, an elephant-deity riding on mouse, is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the world. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine face with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being.
Shri Ganesh is broadly known as the Destroyer of evils and obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings, Lord of success, patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect, wisdom and wealth. Shree Ganesh is the God of Good Luck and Auspiciousness .When we say “Om Ganeshaya Namah” before starting anything what we are saying is that “In what we are about to do, let wisdom be our guide”. In a sense, Sri Ganesh is our most powerful god, and he is usually remembered before starting any rituals or in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness.
In a forest, when an elephant moves through the jungle, it clears the way for others to follow. Similarly, by invoking Shri Ganesha, the path is cleared for our actions. The elephant’s foot is so large that when it moves it can stamp out the footprints of any other animals. Yet again the symbolic significance is that all hurdle in the way will be evacuated when Ganesha is happy with your worship. The circle of life is made smoother and more joyful by the bless of Ganesha. When an elephant moves throughout the jungle, its way transforms into a normal and easy to walk for all creatures. It is in this manner a pacesetter for all creatures. Additionally, Ganesha clears the way prompting to Wisdom, Intellect, and Inner Peace.
Sri Ganesha is known by several names. Some of them are-
• Vinayak ( The deity who removes all bad qualities, instills good qualities and confers peace on the devotee who meditates on him).
• Ganapathi ( The lord of the ganas – a class of divine entities). This term also means that he is the master of the intellect and discriminating power in man.
Ganapati possesses great intelligence and knowledge. Such knowledge issues from a pure and sacred mind.
• Gajanana (Because of his elephant face ).
• Gananayaka (as the leader of Shiva’s Gana ).
• Siddhi Vinayaka (the Vinayaka who grants what is sought i.e. he responds to the prayers of devotees and hence is known as Siddhi Vinayaka).
• Vidya Ganapati ( because he grants knowledge and wisdom ).
• Gowriputra ( as he was born by the grace of Parvati ).
• Ekadanta ( as he has only one tusk ).
• Vighneshwara ( as he is the remover of all obstacles ).
Some Mantra and Name of God Ganesha
- Om Vakratundaaya Namaha !
- Om Ekadantayaa Namaha !
- Om Gajavakktraya Namaha !
- Om Lambodaraya Namaha !
- Om Vikataaya Namaha !
- Om Vighana Raajaaya Namaha !
- Om Ganapatay Namaha !
- Om Phaala Chandyaaya Namaha !
- Om Vinaayakaya Namaha !
- Om Dhoomra Varnaaya Namaha !
- Om Gajaananaaya Namaha !
Lord Ganesha’s body comprises an elephant’s head, large ears, small mouth, one tusk, a trunk and a large stomach. Every little peculiarity of Lord Ganesha’s has a deep spiritual significance.
Ganesha’s elephant head represents sharpness of mind and the maximum supremacy of discrimination to think big. Due to the purity of his intelligence, Vinayaka is also called the provider of buddhi (mental power). It represents that the intelligent are those who always keep an open mind.
Emerging from the Lord’s head is the elephant trunk. This trunk visually depicts a well-developed intellect that arises out of wisdom, an elephant head. An elephant’s trunk has the strength to uproot a tree as well as the grace to pick up a needle. Ganesha’s trunk symbolizes the fact that the wise person has both enormous strength and fine discrimination. While his ever-moving trunk teaches that one should be always active.
Lord Ganesha has only one tusk; the other is shown broken. The symbolism of the broken tusk is that the person should always try to retain good and throw away bad. Ganpati has large ears that depicts his capacity to listen to the prayers of all his devotees with immense attention. It symbolizes to listen more. His small mouth symbolizes to talk less.
He has four hands. In his one hand he carries a rope (to carry devotees to the truth) and a lotus (the symbol of enlightenment) and in his other hands he carries an axe (to cut devotees’ attachments), and a sweet dessert ball -modak- (to reward devotees for spiritual activity). His fourth hand’s palm is always extended to bless people.
The axe in his hand depicts the annihilation of desire with the axe of spirituality. The rope is spiritual knowledge which helps us to remove ourselves from the material world, that we are entrenched in.
The lotus stands for that divine state of self-realisation that every person aspires for, consciously or unconsciously. The lotus sustains itself in dirty ponds but yet is above it all. Similarly, a person of perfection can live in the world, enjoy life and yet be above it all by identifying with the self.
The modak represents the happiness and joy a seeker derives from the spiritual pursuit. Ganesha is never shown eating the laddus. The wise man never partakes of the rewards of his deeds.
His huge belly signifies that the entire Brahmanda (universe) is hidden within Ganapati. It also symbolizes that a person should digest all good and bad in life.
Shree Ganesha is shown sitting with one foot on the ground and the other resting on his knee, above the ground. The wise person is of this earth, yet not fully of this earth.
The food at the feet of Lord Ganesha symbolizes material wealth and power. Through this, the Lord subtly indicates that the world rewards those who live a life of truth. Those who turn spiritual obtain merit in their respective fields of activity and those with merit seldom go unacknowledged. They command respect and wealth even though they may not longing it.
Lord Ganesha mounts on a mouse. The mouse is a symbol of the attachment to worldly tendencies (vaasanas). It is well known that if you want to catch a mouse, you place a strong-smelling edible inside the mouse-trap. The rat is a symbol of our senses, which are never satisfied. They pine for new experiences, new tastes. Left uncontrolled, they keep growing forever. The wise person rides on his senses. He keeps them under control. The mouse also represents the darkness of night. The mouse can see well in the dark. As Ganapati’s vehicle the mouse signifies an object that leads man from darkness to light.
Shri Ganesha has two Siddhis (symbolically represented as wives or consorts) – Siddhi (success) and Riddhi (prosperity).
Wherever there is Ganesh, there is Success and Prosperity~ Wherever there is Success and Prosperity~ there is Sri Ganesh.
How to find correct types of lord Ganesha Idol for Home
Ganesha, also recognized as the God of achievement has been favoring his followers with fortune and life of luxury since time immemorial. He is also considered who remove hurdles of from individuals’ life. That’s why Ganesha is adored before starting any new auspicious thing in life.
God Ganesha statue or photo can be characterized relying upon his stance or posture, attributes, and even the position of his trunk.
3 Types of lord Ganesha Idols according to His Trunk Direction
Trunk to Left side – The Ganesha statue with trunk turn to left side is regularly recognized as Vamamukhi. This is the basic type of Ganesha statue or picture that individuals purchase for their pooja temple.
While buying a picture or idol of lord Ganesha, always take in mind that only such idols or pictures may be purchased and brought at home in which the Lord’s trunk has been drawn or carved as swing your right when you look at it. Quite simply, Ganesha’s trunk should be twist to his own left direction. Such pics are propitious for homes as they create and attract positive energy. Pics or idols where the trunk twists towards left direction of Ganesha are called Vamamukhi murtis. They bring in peacefulness and prosperity because in these pictures, Ganesha’s chandra shakti or lunar energy is lively, and this is conductive for the material and spiritual development of humans.
Trunk swing to Right side – The Ganesha statue with trunk to the right side is known as Dakshinabhimukhi idol. This sort of Lord Ganesha statues are not usually found in homes and workplaces.
There are two kinds of energies that originate from lord Ganesha – lunar and solar. The former flows from Ganesha’s left nostril and in benign and good for humans. On the opposing, the solar power that moves from his right nostril is too powerful and can’t be borne by ordinary mortals and homeowners. Consequently, the dakshinamukhi murti, as opposed to the vamamukhi murti is installed in temples, as Ganesha’s solar energy is assimilated through regular pujas, rituals and observations, which are usually not possilbe in homes.
The dakshinamukhi murtis symbolize to the direction of Yamaloka and thus draw in negative energy which can upset the peace of home. In any case, such outcomes are possible just when the statue is cut out or painted according to the traditional principles of the Shilpa Shastra. The statues and images of present day times don’t have comparative impacts. Regardless, one can take after the thumb rule about the trunk when picking Ganesha’s picture or statue.