The chubby, gentle, intelligent, elephant-headed Ganesha or Ganapati is one of the most popular Hindu gods. He is the remover of obstacles and the one whom worshippers first acknowledge when they visit a temple or embark on a new venture. With his broken tusk, Ganesha wrote part of the epic Mahabharata.
The elephant god has always fascinated sculptors, painters and writers alike. If his appearance has captivated most painters, what has most intrigued them about Lord Ganesha is his vehicle, the tiny mouse. There are many stories about how such a creature came be the elephant god's mount. One such story says many people came to Lord Shiva and Parvati's house to see their new child. Everybody gave some gifts. The Earth gave a mouse as Ganapati's vehicle.
Ganesha is the god of ganas or groups: He is the head of followers of Shiva or the celestial servants of Lord Shiva. That is why he is also called Gananayaka or Ganapati.
Ganeshas mouse is the most unexpected mode of travel, imaginable –an elephant on a mouse! However, the significance runs deeper, the mouse snips nibbling away at ropes that bind. The mouse who gradually nibbles through things is like mantra which can cut through sheets and sheets of ignorance and carry even an elephant. There can be nothing but absolute darkness and all that is required is a single tiny ray of ray that can illuminate us – free us from our ignorance. Not much is required at all – just this tiny persistent awareness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic, He carries in His hands ‘the Ankusha’ (the goad/stick that is used to prod an elephant awake; this signifies ‘awakening’) and the ‘Paasa’ (the noose which signifies control) now with awakening a lot of energy is released which without proper guidance can go haywire.! ✨🌈🐘🌿🍚🕉🐀🌀🎨🖌🌈🙏🏻✨
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