With an elephant head and a human body, a mixture of human and animal, it represents the power of the Supreme Being. It symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by Hindu sages, illustrated by philosophical concepts deeply meaningful. His vehicle is a mouse.
As the power of the Supreme Being, it is able to remove all obstacles and grant success in human endeavors, and it is for this reason that Hindus pay homage before starting any business, religious, spiritual or worldly. His image is installed in almost all houses. With a benevolent character, it removes barriers, provides wisdom.
1 - Symbolismede Ganesh
The elephant head:the elephant is the largest vertebrate in the world, considered the most solid, the most powerful. He is a vegetarian: his power is even more beneficial. His huge head symbolizes wisdom, understanding and discernment that man must possess to attain perfection in life.
The wide mouth represents the natural human desire for worldly pleasures.
The large ears signify that a perfect person has a great ability to listen to others and assimilate ideas. His ears are compared to a woven basket to filter the information received, keeping only those that are essential.
The trunk: the human body has no instrument with a scope as wide, capable of uprooting a tree, but also pick up a needle. The mind of man must be strong enough to overcome the ups and downs in the world, but delicate enough to explore the subtle inner world reign. It is through his trunk Ganesh removes obstacles. This is the body's most active and skilful. It is shown sideways to indicate active power.
Both defenses are the two aspects of human nature, emotions and wisdom, or the heart and mind. The defense is the reason right, left emotions. It is broken to indicate that man must conquer emotions with wisdom to attain perfection. Popular epithet of this deity is "ekdant", meaning "defense." This symbolizes that after all the information gathered through its sense organs, man must make a decision and do not hesitate: give full attention in one direction only, unwavering suggestions from emotions.
The eyes of the elephant are known to perceive objects twice bigger than they really are, as through a magnifying glass. They have a scanner to a view in which nothing escapes. Interpretation indicates that the man who grew up in wealth and wisdom must collect the other two times bigger than him abandon his pride achieve humility.
The human body:it contains a human heart, a symbol of
compassion and love.
The four arms symbolize omnipresence and omnipotence.
The left side, attached to the emotion, it takes an ax, meaning
that man must cut his attachment to pleasure. The right side,
the lotus symbolizes the perfection attained by the detachment,
the lotus grows in muddy water and is immaculate. Thus the man should
enjoy the world.
Some are also in the four arms of the four castes based on Hindu Dharm:
hand giving the blessing is dedicated to the perpetuation of knowledge,
the Brahmans; placed on the books tells Kshatrias,
dedicated to the defense and political power, the powerful
must not despise the knowledge to use discernment in keeping
the country the hand holding the sting is the caste devoted
to commerce, production of goods, Véshias. She tells them
that they should use the stimulus to control gain.
The predominance of the desire for wealth leads
to problems in society. Ganesh says that money is only a means,
not an end. The trap held in the fourth hand to indicate they are not Sudra free service dedicated to the previous three castes. The four also symbolizes the four Vedas.
The big belly symbolizes the large capacity of absorption and digestion necessary to deal with pleasant and unpleasant experiences of the world, and receive all the information contained in these experiments. The circle is a symbol of the universe. The belly of Ganesh, by its roundness symbolizes the cauldron which all the events of the emerging world.
The smallest vertebrate associated with larger reminded that the animal kingdom is well covered, and infers a God that Aboriginal origin. The mouse symbolizes the ego that can nibble all of which is good and noble in a person. Sitting at the feet of Ganesh, it infers that the perfect man has conquered his ego. The mouse is the vehicle of Ganesh: the conquest of the ego leads to knowledge. Sometimes the mouse looks a dish laddu, but without touching it: a purified ego lives in the world without being affected by temptations.
2 - The birth of Ganesh, his wisdom legend.
Birth of Ganesh Ji
Parvati created Ganesha with a piece of his flesh - or a clod of earth - so that mounts guard at her door while she was taking a bath. As Ganesh Ji Shiuw prevented from entering, it furiously cut off his head. Seeing the distress of Parvati, he promised to restore life to his son laying on its trunk head first meet he be sleeping with the head turned to the north. It was an elephant.
Wisdom of Ganesh Ji
Ganesh Ji entered into an argument with his brother Lord Kartikeya, each claiming to be the oldest, and therefore to be married first. They brought the matter to their father, Shiuw Ji, who said the first who, after doing around the world returns to its starting point shall be declared the elder. Immediately flew Kartikeya on his peacock. Imagine the heavy handicap of Ganesh Ji mounted on a mouse! In a sudden inspiration, full of love and devotion, he toured ritual of his parents, parikram, and demanded his money. Shiuw Ji exclaimed: "Ganesh darling, how can I give you the price when you have not been around the world? "This is what Ganesh Ji replied:" No, but I've been around my parents. They represent the entire manifested universe! "Thus the dispute was resolved in his favor.
3 - Moments of worship Ganesh
Time (muhurt) allotted to the meditation on Ganesh Ji is the "Brahm Muhurt", two hours before dawn.
The day of the year dedicated to him is the fourth day of waxing moon of each lunar month, and particularly that of Bhadrapad (September-October), "Ganesh chaturti." Ganesh Ji's birthday is celebrated throughout India. Venerated images of Ganesh specially made for this occasion. These images in clay sometimes up to 8 meters high are installed in homes, venerated for two to eight days and finally led into procession and immersed in water, river or lake. He was offered coconuts and sweets (sweet flour balls). This is the day the ritual inauguration of Ramlila takes place .at the Pakki, with the worship of Ganesh and singing the first seven dohas the
Sacred Lake of the Acts of Ram.
According to Indian religious scripits Ganesha divine vehicle, is t mouse or mooshikam which represents wisdom, talent and intelligence. It epitomise minute investigation of a cryptic subject.Thus, it is also a symbol of ignorance that is dominant in darkness and fears light and knowledge. As the vehicle of Lord Ganesha, a mouse teaches us to remain ever vigilant and to illuminate the inner self with the light of knowledge.
Both Ganesha and Mooshak love modaka, a sweet dish traditionally served during both worship services. The Mooshak usually depicted as very low compared to Ganesha, in contrast to depictions of vehicles of other deities. However, it was once a traditional Maharashtrian art to represent Mooshak big as a mouse, and for Ganesha to be mounted on the horse.Yet as another interpretation says that the mouse (or Mushika Akhu) represents the ego spirit of all his desires and the pride of the individual. Ganesha, riding atop the mouse, becomes the master (not slave) of these tendencies, indicating the power of the spirit and the schools have discretion over the mind. Moreover, the mouse (extremely voracious by nature) is often depicted next to a plate of sweets with his eyes turned toward Ganesha, while standing firmly on a piece of food between his legs, as if waiting for one of Ganesha. This is the spirit that was totally dependent on the senior faculty of the mind, the mind under strict supervision, which determines Ganesha and sight of food, unless you have permission.
Ganapati bappa morya
Mangal moorti morya "
Such are the slogans that fill the air. The meaning of this slogan is :
"Father Ganapati, come again
Auspicious one, come again."
And amidst the clash of gongs and cymbals, a crowd maddened in the religious fervour chants such slogans. This is the common spectacle in the streets of Bombay and other towns of Maharashtra amidst the Bhadrapad month (Aug-Sept) after the Fourth Day of the bright half.
Although the Fourth Day of the bright half of every lunar month is believed to be the day of Lord Ganesh, the Magh (Jan-Feb.), Bhadrapad (Aug-Sept) and the full moon day of Vaishaakh are held to be the special days for Lord Ganesha's worship.
Lord Ganesh is Mangalmoorti, Vighneshwar and the Ganapati-that is, the Lord is the personification of all that is auspicious, the Lord of all the troubles and the head of all the 'Ganas'. All these days, if observed with full ritual worship and full faith definitely ensure welfare of the devotees and grants their desires-so declare the Shastras or the scriptures.