About Lord Ganesha
Ganesha is the formless divine, which is established in a supernatural shape for the devotee’s favors. According to Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Gan means the group. This whole universe is a group of atoms and different energies. If a supreme rule does not rule over a group of different institutions of this entire creation, then there will be much turmoil in it. Ganesha is the owner of all these atoms and groups of energy.
They are the highest consciousness which is omnipresent and establishes a system in this universe.
Adi Shankara has narrated the essence of Ganesha with the very beauty of Ganesha in the Psalms.
Although the worship of Ganesha is in the form of a God in the head of the elephant, this shape (nature) actually reveals that formless (Paribrahma form).
They are ‘non-negotiable’. That is, Ganesha is Ajn (Unborn), nirvikalpa (without any merits), formless (without any size) and they are symbols of that consciousness, which is omnipresent.
Ganesha is the same energy which is the reason for this creation. This is the same energy, so everything is straight (manifest) and everything in which it will merge.
The Story of the Birth of Lord Ganesha
According to Shiva Purana, it is described that once Mother Parvati produced a child from her dust before bathing and made it her gatekeeper. When Shivaji wanted to enter, the child stopped him. On this Shiva made a fierce battle against the boy, but no one could defeat him in the battle.
Eventually, Lord Shankar got angry and cut off the head of that child with his trident. By this Bhagwati Parvati got angry and they resolved to execute. Fearless gods praised Jagadamba on the advice of Devshi Narad and calmed them.
As per the instruction of Shivaji, Vishnuji brought the head of the jiva (elephant) first in the north direction and brought it. Due to his death, he got the head of the elephant on the body and restored it. Mata Parvati took that gigantic child from Harshitirak with his heart and blessed him as a leader of the gods.
Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh gave the boon of being the chief of the child and being a preacher of fame. Lord Shankar said to the boy-Girijanandan! Your name will be paramount in destroying the obstacle. Become the ruler of all my counties by becoming a worshiper of everyone.
Ganeshwar! You have arisen on the fourth moon of Lord Krishna of the Bhadrapad month when the moon is rising. At this date, all the obstacles of the fasting will be destroyed and he will get all the accomplishments. In the night of Chaturthi in the night of Chaturthi, Ganesha worshiped Vaishi Chandrama at the time of Chandrodaya and gave darshan to Brahmins.
After that, you also have sweet food yourself. The yearning of Shri Ganesh Chaturthi is to fulfill the wish of the devotee.
Thoughts of ideas in the Story of Lord Ganesha
- Why was the scum on Parvati’s body?
Parvati is a symbol of delights of energy. Their dirty meaning means that any celebration can be rajasik, enchantment in it and you can shake from your center. The scum symbolizes ignorance, and Lord Shiva is the symbol of supreme simplicity, peace, and wisdom.
- Did Lord Shiva, who was a symbol of peace, was so angry that he separated himself from the head of the son? And why the elephant’s head on Lord Ganesha’s torso? So when Ganesha stopped the path of Lord Shiva, it meant that ignorance, which is the virtue of the brain, does not recognize the knowledge, then the knowledge should win with ignorance. To talk here, Shiva had cut the head of Ganesha.
- Why elephant’s head
Elephant ‘knowledge power’ and ‘karma power’ are the symbols of these. The main qualities of an elephant are intelligence and simplicity. The giant head of an elephant is a sign of wisdom and knowledge. Elephants never escape from obstruction, neither do they stop. They are only removed from their path and move forward – this is a symbol of ease. Therefore, when we worship God Ganesha, then all of these qualities are awakened within us, and we take these qualities.
Lord Ganesha – Symbolism & Significance
- Ganesha’s big stomach shows generosity and complete acceptance.
- The hand raised above Ganesha is a symbol of defense – that is, ‘Do not panic, I am with you’ and his inclined hand, in which the palm is outward, means it is an infinite donation, and also an invitation to bend forward. – It is a symbol that we all will be found in this soil one day.
- Ganesha is united, which means concentration. Whatever they have done in their hands, they all have some meaning too.
- They have a curb in their hands, which means – to be awake and loop – that means control. With awakening, a lot of energy is generated and there can be a distraction from it without any control.
- Why does Ganesha, the head of the elephant, go on a small vehicle like a rat? Is not it weird? Again, it has deep secrets. A rat separates the ropes that bind us. The rat is like a mantra which can completely cut the unique layers of ignorance and directs that ultimate knowledge of which Lord Ganesha is the symbol.
Our ancient sages were so intelligent that they displayed Divinity as these symbols instead of words because words change over time, but the symbols never change. So whenever we meditate on that Omnipresent, we must keep these deepest symbols in our mind, like the God of the head of the elephant, and at the same time remember also that Ganesha is within us. This is the wisdom with whom we should think of Ganesh Chaturthi.