Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god explained

Ganesha colloquially know as the elephant god in Hinduism, Ganesh, Ganpati (for being the leader of an army) is one of the best known and worshiped Hindu gods. What Ganesh symbolizes is the destruction of obstacles.

People who like ganesh usually have an image or figure placed at the entrance of their homes, next to the door, a symbol of a guardian and when we go out, luck to be able to overcome any obstacle.

The image of Ganesha hides many symbolisms, some are obvious and others not so much. Below we can see the traditional image that is attributed to him along with all the objects that he usually carries with him. This is a basic image, but he will not always be seated, but he will always carry these objects with him.


Ganesha Left Side

  • Big Ears – Hear More
  • Axe – To sever the bonds of attachment
  • Small Mouth – Speak Less
  • Blessing – Blessing and protection for your spiritual path
  • Big Belly – Peacefully digests the good and bad in life.
  • Mouse – Desire, unless it is under control, can wreak havoc, you ride the desire and keep it under control and don’t let it take you for a ride.

Right Part of Ganesha

  • Big Head – Think Big
  • Small eyes – Concentrate
  • The rope – To pull towards a high goal
  • A Tusk – Hold the Good, Throw the Bad
  • Horn – High efficiency and adaptability
  • Flowerpot – Rewards and Sadhana
  • Prasada (Sweets) – The whole world is at your feet and at your request.

Ganesh is the Son of Shiva, well more or less he can be considered as a son. He was created by the body of his mother, Shiva’s wife, the goddess Parvati.

All the gods in Hinduism have many faces, many hands, rare objects, specific animals for some reason, nothing is simply because yes, and nothing is because it is spiritual, everything has a reason that will help us reach the final goal – Moksha

I hope you like the article,

Kunal Sajnani
Kunal Sajnani
Hi! I am Kunal, the author of this blog. I am a computer nerd by training, and a self-taught photographer, web designer, and cook. Don't let the day come when you regret not having explored or tried new things. With that motto, I blog as I discover. Follow me on the adventure!

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