The elephant headed Hindu Deity of all great beginnings, the son of Shiva and Parvati is not just prayed to, by the Indian believers but is also a favourite of kids. On Ganesh Chaturthi, let’s delve into the significance of his idol.
1) His Big Head- Think Big
2) Small Eyes- Concentrate
3) Tusk – Retain good and throw away the bad
4) Lotus – Growing in mud yet not smelling of mire
5) Big Ears – Listen more to assimilate ideas and experience
6) Axe – Cut off all bonds of attachment
7) Small Mouth- Speak less and honour your word
8) Big Stomach – Peacefully digest all good and bad in life
9) Mouse at His feet – Conquer ego because when self is controlled no material pleasures can affect the soul
10) Right foot over left foot – Use knowledge and reason to overcome emotions
11) Four arms- Four directions reconfirming that He is omnipresent
12) Tusk – Symbol of strength as tusk can uproot a tree as well as lift a needle off the ground with ease.
Be strong enough to enjoy both acheivements and adversities yet delicate enough to explore the spiritual self.
Vakratund mahakaaya surya koti samaprabha
nirvighna kurumedeva sarv kaaryeshu sarvadaa II
raksh raksh ganaadaksha, raksha trilokey rakshka
bhaktanaam bhayam hartaa traata bhav bhavaaranvaan II
vighneshvaraay vardaay surpriyaay lambodraaya
Sakkalaya jagatdhitaaya naagan naay shruti yajna II
vibhushitaay gauri sutaaya gannaath namoh namastute , namoh namastute, namoh namastute II