Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh Deva !
Connecting to our Higher-self is the most blissful state of being for anyone. It is the prime connection every soul strives to achieve it’s true oneness with God. It is this connection which is the key to understanding who we are, what is our true purpose and how we can make magical things happen in our life.
Honouring Lord Ganesha, our truest intellect and Higher-self brings to us the beautiful opportunity of connecting to our own higher and true frequency through the connection to the energies of Lord Ganesha.
Lord Ganesha is a divine energy in the Hindu mythology that represents our Higher-self. This son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is popular as the God of Intellect, Wisdom and Prosperity. He is said to vanquish all troubles and remove all obstacles for his ardent devotees.
In the Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed, pot-bellied, broken-tusked Divine Being who travels on a mouse. Each peculiarity of Lord Ganesha has a spiritual significance that can show us how to bring ourselves to live at a ‘Higher’ level of our lives.
To know Lord Ganesha is to understand our truest inner being and release ourselves from the limitations of our ego self.
Lord Ganesh is considered a symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce and good fortune. Gajanana, Gajadanta, and Vighnaharta are few popular names of Lord Ganesha among his 108 other titles.
The Birthday of Lord Ganesha is celebrated as the festival of “Ganesha Chaturthi”. It falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which falls in August-September. Traditionally, this festive celebration is a 10 day long event of pomp and show starting from the day of “Ganesh Chaturthi” and culminating with the event of “Ganesh Visarjan“.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a day when spiritual aspirants honour Lord Ganesha and pray to His divine energies for inner spiritual strength. It is a blessed opportunity to remember Lord Ganesha and learn how to connect to the divine presence inside us.
SYMBOLISM OF LORD GANESHA’S FORM
The elephant head of Lord Ganesha indicates that like an elephant is a path maker, Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles and paves the path to move forward. His elephant head symbolises wisdom, understanding and discriminating intellect. His large ears represent importance and perfect capacity to listen and assimilate while his big mouth represents human desires to enjoy life. Lord Ganesha is said to very attentively listen to prayers of devotees.
His trunk symbolises OM, the sound of the cosmos. It also means to have the ability to adapt and sustain everything efficiently. Lord Ganesha’s right tusk denotes wisdom and left tusk denotes human emotion. The broken left tusk indicates that one must conquer human emotion with wisdom so as to attain perfection. His eyes are said to have focus and natural deceptiveness, and they indicate to surrender one’s pride and attain humility. His axe is indicative of righteousness and truth with the ability to cut ego and desires.
His favourite sweet ‘Modhak’ signify sweet rewards of self-realisation. Lord Ganesha’s large belly represents the ability to patiently and joyously digest the good and bad in life. He rides the mouse symobolic of ego and desires meaning ride on desires but keep them under your control.
HONOURING LORD GANESHA
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a time when devotees bring home mud-made idols of Lord Ganesh to worship the deity, eat good food, enjoy with friends and family, and in the end, immerse the idols the river or sea 10 days later, on the day of Ganesh Visarjan. Additionally, temples offer prayers and distribute sweets such as modaks known as Lord Ganesh’s favourite.
Devotees honour Lord Ganesha with complete devotion, gratitude and faith that all their obstacles will be removed and a path paved for their connection to their true intellect called Higher-self. With Lord Ganesha’s blessing ardent devotees experience eternal peace and joy when they are able to Open the Light Within themselves.