In our country, we rejoice in the Ganesh Chaturthi festival during the month of August-September. This blog is dedicated to the devotional celebration of Chaturthi.
On this day, we make a representation of Ganesh with unburnt clay and worship him. Certain Ganesh images are extremely large-more than a hundred feet tall. Devotees offer premium puja samagri to the idol and create a divine environment around him. After a week or so, the idol is immersed in the ocean or lake and the God dissolves.
A Short Story About Ganesha’s Early Life
Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Furthermore, he is a sibling of Karthikeya or the god of war. His creation dates back to the scenario when Parvati made her using sandalwood paste. Shiva was away on his musings. Meanwhile, Parvati set her new son to guard when she was bathing. Unexpectedly, Shiva returns home and gets ferocious when their son didn’t allow him inside the house.
As a result, Shiva slitted his head. On seeing this, Parvati became very angry and promised to destroy the world by reincarnating as ‘Kali.’ It was then that Lord Shiva ordered a new head for the poor boy and the first animal that was available was an Elephant. Even since then, Ganesha got a new elephant head and is the most distinctive of all Hindu gods.
The Cultural Significance Of Ganesha’s Deity
- Ganesh is the representation of intellectual activity. He is the only one who wrote the celestial epic, Mahabharata. Once, Ganesh challenged Vyasa that nobody should ever pause his dictation. This was an exam for the sage on whether what he was speaking is something scholarly or really a fountainhead.
- As a result, devotees consider Lord Ganesha as the symbol of human intellect. Usually, we place him in public places that are clean and hygienic. A lot of streets remain blocked for some days. Big celebrations take place and worshippers offer divine gifts to him.
- Thirdly, in Hindu art, Ganesha is a vivid portrayal of fortune. However, in various cultures, there is a common depiction of him with the head of an elephant. The rest of his body is that of a human. Lord Ganesha often carries an axe, a broken tusk, a ladle, a noose, and a tray full of sweets.
- The only ride of Ganesha is Kroncha which is a giant rat. It is famous for its agility and is a symbol of God’s potential to circumvent obstacles.
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