Saturday, June 4, 2011


 I have such a strong affinity lately for Ganesh (or Ganesha) the elephant headed, Hindu God. Ganesh is known as the "Remover of Obstacles", "Destroyer of Evils, and is also worshipped as the God of education, knowledge, wisdom, and wealth.

The story of his origina and how he came to have the head of the elephant is quite a remarkable one. The Goddess Pavarti created a boy out of the dirt from her body to guard her as she lay in the bath. When Pavarti's husband, the God Shiva, returned home, Ganesh would not allow him to enter the room where Pavarti was bathing as he was instructed.

Shiva was so angered and outraged that he chopped off Ganesh's head. When Pavarti saw this, she fell into a great state of grief. Seeing how upset Pavarti was over the death of Ganesh, he instructed his guards to get the head of the first being that was sleeping with thier head facing North. They came back with the head of a baby elephant which was put back onto Ganesh's body and bringing him back to life.

Ganesh is often seen carrying a noose in his left hand which symbolizes how he captures difficulties and the goad in his right hand is how he propels man forward by cutting through obstacles that stand in his way. Ganesh is often seen with a mouse (lower right hand corner of picture) that sometimes he is portrayed as riding. This shows that he is not above riding a mouse, or having it near him.

The symbol Ohm/Om, is often related to Ganesh as a chant to him, to ask for him in prayer, and even seen as a depiction of him, with his trunk and all.

Call upon Ganesh at the start of any new project to have him help you along the way, by removing obstacles and clearing the path set out before you.

You chant this mantra to Ganesh and give him offerings of incense and fruit

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting...I have heard of Ganesh, but didn't know the whole story.