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On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, we welcome home the remover of obstacles, the “Dukhharta” of our lives! We are showered not only by his warm blessings but also we learn a lot from his spiritual symbolism as mentioned in the Ganapati Atharvanasirsha Upanishad.
The Power Of Mantra
The supreme consciousness is well represented by the shloka “Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarvakareshu Sarvada.” It describes Lord Ganesha as elephant-faced with a carved trunk and a huge body wherein his head symbolizes “Gyan” that removes all the obstacles to human deeds.
Lord Ganesh is said to have the face of an elephant placed by Lord Shiva. The elephant is considered to be the one showing direction in a forest, similarly, the head of Lord Ganesh symbolises initiative & ” Gyan” i.e. wisdom leading the worshipper towards the right path.
Big ears of Lord Ganesh symbolizes the capacity to listen to others & assimilate ideas so as to enhance the intellectual capabilities.
Small beautiful eyes of Lord Ganesha represents the power of unwavering concentration.
Trunk & Tusks
The trunk symbolizes the capacity to hold responsibilities of life while the two tusks represent the intertwining of wisdom and emotions. Hence making us realize that one must use wisdom to manage emotions.
Trishul As That Of Lord Shiva
Trishul similar to what Lord Shiva carries as a symbol of power represents Lord Ganesha’s hold on time i.e. the past, present and the future.
His broken tusk was used to write the epic Mahabharata thus denoting sacrifice & strength!
The arms of Lord Ganesha represents four characteristics of the human life- the mind (Manas), the intellect (Buddhi), the ego (Ahankara) and the conscience (Chitta) with axe & whip representing detachment from worldly desires along with the force that ties human to God.
The Beautiful Lotus
His other hand holds a lotus and another one blesses the devotee thus representing that one can realize his or her inner self!
The Colored Clothes
Ganesha’s yellow clothes represent peace, truthfulness & auspiciousness while red stands for vigor and activity to perform “Karma”.
The Big Belly
Lord Ganesha’s fat belly represents the universe & generosity along with the energy of the cosmos i.e. the kundalini as represented by snake around him.
The mouse bears the burden and carries Ganesh Ji across the universe, which means giving up ego to realize the truth of life. The mouse wanders aimlessly as the human mind thus controlling it through intellect as that of Lord Ganesha.
Prasaad At The Feet
The prasad at the feet denotes ability to conquer the world without giving in to the desires.
Legs Of Ganesha
One leg on ground denotes daily duties and activities while another leg over the other denotes the connect with God.
We Are Blessed
Lord Ganesha gives us life lessons to live by and ways to elevate our life spiritually!