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 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.
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.
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 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.
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