Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ganesha: Lord of Success

To be sincere when i drew this caracter in my piece called The tree i didnt knew about the signification of Ganesha even if I find the hindu Religion  very inspiring ... and so today  listening to the radio I discovered that the man from (Indian origines) i ve seen breaking a coconut on the street  days ago was doing it for Ganesha here is what i found on the web about him,please correct me if i am wrong :)
The Lord of Success
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles.

 He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja . Ganesha, the Destroyer of Pride Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations.Lord Ganesh, who is also known by various other names such as Ganapathi, Vinaayaka or Vighneswara, is the God who helps us overcome obstacles in life. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi. Every rite or ceremony or project starts with the worship of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh is the lord of new beginnings and guardian of entrances. A prayer to Ganesh is invariably accompanied by smashing a coconut, symbolic of smashing the undesirable forces inherent in oneself.The coconut is broken and placed before the Lord. It is later distributed as prasaada.The fibre covering of the dried coconut is removed except for a tuft on the top. The marks on the coconut make it look like the head of a human being.
The coconut is broken, symbolising the breaking of the ego. The juice within, representing the inner tendencies (vaasanas) is offered along with the white kernel - the mind, to the Lord.
A mind thus purified by the touch of the Lord is used as prasaada.
The marks on the coconut are even thought to represent the three-eyed Lord Shiva and therefore it is considered to be a means to fulfill our desires