Lord Vishnu as imperishable banyan tree.Tolerance as a tree, spreads its roots(above). The tree that fulfils all desires, and its strong root(all expectations at its root) is dharma(the quality of virtue) or Duty. Trinity of the stem - Knowledge, Karma(work, action), Meditation(worship). Lord Vishnu illuminates and spreads light in all the seasons as imperishable banyan tree. One should live like a imperishable banyan tree. Tree is the epitome of virtue.what is action? Heartbeat is action,Pulsation is a action,Sleeping is a action:dying too is an activity.This is the gist of all worship-To be pure to your work or duty and to do good for others.He who sees Shiva in poor,in the weak, and in the diseased,really worships Shiva:if he sees Shiva only in images,his worship is but preliminary .In short The ways of god are just.One should overcome insurmountable difficulties By reciting I"TS(GOD) Name..One should not be Tempted by wayside attractions the delay on our part can upset the whole Apple-cart.one should go on working and work with a sense of Non-attachment.Flow Like ,ocean glow Like Saint ,Drink (Poison) Like lord Shiva,Than you Free From the Circle of Life and Death. Lord Ganesha Ji Ganapati Bappa Morya, Mangalmurti Morya.: Iconographical peculiarities(Ganesha)

8.18.2013

Iconographical peculiarities(Ganesha)

Ganesha is the most interesting not only on account of his importance, but also because of his iconographical peculiarities Of all the gods and goddesses of the hindu pantheon. He is depicted with an elephant head,a buling belly and in variety of poses. In point of time gods appears to be alate edition to the hierarchy of hindu deities but, are same time,It is noteworthy that he achieves a very excalted postion in the hierarchy of the gods and goddesses within a very short space of time . The general opinion seems to favour the view that his worship began sometime in 6th century A.D.and during the following two or three centuries we witness his rapid rise to prominence, so much so, that by tenth century an indepent sdect-of course within the folds of hindisum –commonly knows as the ganpataya comes into being .


Ganesha was also borred by other religious system such as budhism and Jainism, and his workship spread almost all over asia where Buddhism and other sect of hindusim become living faiths .ganesha is still accorded a very high postion by the hindus and it is one of the most important deties worshipped in india today .





THE Workship of Ganesha the elephant –headed deity, in the late gupta and post gupta periods can be said to be an established fact. This has been conclusively proved by the evidence furnished by an inscription an established fact. This has been conclusively proved by the evidence furnished by an inscription an acient column at Ghatiala near Jodpur (Rajasthan). The inscription is dated 862A.D.and has been taken to be earliest of its kind in the praise of the deity. The column is crowned by four images of ganesha seated back to back and facing the four cordinal points. This shows that by 862 ganesha in the form of the elephant-headed gods,has risen to that exalted postion where he was worshipped independtly and invocated for success. However, earlier images of the god are met within rock cut temple at elephant, ellora and badmi in western india. The images of ganesha ascrible to 6th century a.d. are far and few between.noteworthy among them are those in the gupta temple at bhurma (District panna, Madhya Pradesh) and udagiri hills near vidisa (Madhya Pradesh). Theyhave been adequately noticed by Scholors who agree that the Workship of ganesha wass in vogue in the Gupta period. In this connection it is interesting to note that Varahamihira in his Brhatsamhita prescribed the details regarding the fashioning of the Ganesha images .The work is dated to the beginning of the 6th century b and it can therefore be surmised that the Images of Ganesha must have existed in the still earlier period.

It Appers that the Workship of Ganesha began in the Gupta period around 4th-5th cent. A.D. and spread to other lands quite early .the Buddhist lost no time in borrowing the deity in Their own pantheon and Ganesha travelled to distant lands along with Buddhism .thus in south – east Asia he was worshipeed as a Hindu deity whereas in the far east,he was Adobed as a Buddhist deity . The following account amply shows that the elephant –headed god was Workshipped almost all over asia (Except west Asia ), and as such he is perhaps the only hindu divinity whose worship was widely distributed in terms of space and time.

The lord ganesha appears in Japan It appears thet ganesha was unknow in japan till 9th century. But once his workship was introduced by Kolso daishi,a buddist the god become quite popular and his statues inthe vinayaka from were made and temples were dedicated to him he was often shown standing with two,four or six arms and usally with a smiling countenance. In the Kaku-zen -cho from he was shown with three heads ,each having three eye and his four hands he held a sword , a raddish, a modaka,and sceptre. He supposed to be seated on amountain and was referred to as "king of elephants" In the double from kangi ten ganesha was workshiped not publicly in temples but secretly. It was a secret esoteric cult, based on the doctrine of yoga.               

The LORD GANESHA POPULAR IN MONGOLIA The introduction of Buddishm in Mongolia, Ganesha reached that land. Buddishm spread There through tibet and tibetan monk hphags-pa carried Mahayana Buddishm into The Mongolia in The 13 th century and is said to have converted even The emperor kublai khan. To The mongols makala was only The manifestation of shiva and it was Therefore,quite natural that Ganesha should have become popular mongolia . The danceing form of The elephant- headed god (Nrtta-ganpati) is to be found among The "five hundred gods of Northan". He is shown on his mount (vahana) rat which hold The jewels cintamani in its mouth The four hand hold each an axe (parasu), radish (Mula-kanda), bowl of sweet and a trident (Trisula) which normally ia an attribute of shiva. According to legend: The Father of hphas-pa is said to have invoked ganesha who took him up with his trunk ,carried him to The top of mount meru and showing him The country of mongolia said "thy son shall subjugate this whole country",which proved to be true.
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