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Lord Ganesha as the One Supreme God
- Lord Ganesha as the One Supreme God
- Measures approx. 9 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 2 3/4"
- According to the Hindu pantheon of Gods, Lord Ganesha is considered to be the one Supreme God. He is known to be the oldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is easily identified amongst all the innumerable Hindu Gods because of his elephant-head and his pot-belly.He is extremely popular and is one of the most worshipped Gods not only in India but outside India too. Ganesha is the God of wisdom, success and good luck. He is also known as the Destroyer of Obstacles and Difficulties. Therefore, you will see Him being honoured and worshipped at the beginning of every new venture, ceremonies or rites.
- Lord Ganesha’s worship, which is famously known as ‘Ganapatayam’ was done from ancient times. It was established as one of the fundamental forms of worship in Hindu religion by one of the saints named Adi Shankara.
- Lord Ganesha the Patron of Different art forms, including dancing
- Lord Ganesha is also worshipped for being the patron of arts, literature and sciences. Arts here refer to performing arts as well as various forms of fine arts. He is often addressed as ‘Rangaraj’ which means a dancer and a performer par excellence.
- Lord Ganesha’s style of dancing is a beautiful synthesis of two dance forms which he inherited from his parents- Tandava from his father Lord Shiva and Lasya from his mother Goddess Parvati. Therefore, before every performance, musicians, dancers or fine arts performers, they honour Him by singing his ode.
- Nritya Ganapati is a happy and a kind-hearted form of the elephant-head, pot-bellied Hindu God. This dancing form of Lord Ganesha depicts him as the connoisseur of performing arts. Hence, devotees and fine arts performers believe that worshipping and honouring Him will bestow them with the Lord’s blessings.
- They will have an enhanced aptitude for learning fine arts, be proficient in them and also bring them success and fame in the specific field of performing arts. This is why we see Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped by artists, especially by dancers and musicians.
- No matter which forms Ganesha is depicted in he is always accompanied by his mouse- his vahana or carrier. The symbolism of the mouse is that how a small animal like a mouse serves as a carrier for the Supreme Lord. Some other scriptures and religious texts say that the little mouse signifies ego, arrogance and all the negative traits in us.
- The Lord sitting on the mouse symbolizes that we should keep our earthly desires and our evil traits in control to attain the blessings showered by Him.
- Hand carved wood by a Master Carver in Nepal