Monday, September 11, 2006

Lord Ganesh, god of knowledge and the remover of obstacles

Ganesh,the Hindu elephant-headed god is god of knowledge , the remover of obstacles and the god of domestic harmony and of success. He is also the older son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He is worshipped and remembered in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. He has four hands, elephant's head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hands he carries a rope (to carry devotees to the truth), an axe (to cut devotees' attachments), and a sweet dessert ball -laddu- (to reward devotees for spiritual activity). His fourth hand's palm is always extended to bless people. A unique combination of his elephant-like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence and presence of mind.

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