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Neha  Gupta The Meaning Of Ganesha Art
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One of the most worshipped Gods in India, Lord Ganesha is always worshipped before the beginning of any auspicious task. Lord Ganesha’s image surpasses the imagination of every artist. Each and every element of Ganesha art is there for a reason and this article will be throwing light on each of these attributes.
  • The trunk:
Lord Ganesha’s trunk symbolises strength. It shows that a person who has attained wisdom has great strength and a sense of judgement, both of which are extremely vital for great decision making. In addition to this, the trunk also depicts the high level of efficiency and adaptability that a wise person possesses.
  • Large ears:
The large ears of Lord Ganesha which are depicted in Indian art symbolise the importance of listening more than what an individual speaks. Wise people are known for this quality and they pay more attention to what other say while listening closely to them.
  • Small mouth:
A person isn’t just called wise when he/she hears more, in fact, an intelligent individual understands the importance of talking less. A small mouth displays the angle of productivity and it teaches people to talk less.
  • Large stomach:
The large stomach of Lord Ganesha showcases the ability to digest both good and bad events of life. Acceptability is vital and that is what this large stomach symbolises. In addition to this, it is also a treasure house of Vedic knowledge.
  • Lord Ganesha’s one tusk:
Lord Ganesha is always represented with one tusk while his other one is always shown broken. There is an entire story behind this and the crux of the story is that when the elephant’s head was taken, to place it in place of Ganesha’s head, one tusk got broken. However, in today’s materialistic world, this broken tusk teaches a person to be beyond duality.
  • Sitting on a mouse:
If you look closely at Ganesha art, you’ll always find the deity seated on a rat. This symbolises having control over a person’s ego. Rat is the greediest animal and is always seeing eating something. In other words, it is never satisfied. The rat represents our senses which are never content. Hence, the image of Lord Ganesha sitting on a mouse represents that we should always have control over our brain and senses.
  • Lord Ganesha’s four hands:
A well-created Ganesha art will always show Him with four limbs. Each of His hand has its own significance. In one hand he holds the lotus flower which is symbolic of enlightenment. In the second hand he holds an axe and it displays that a person should exercise proper control while walking on the path of success. Another hand of the Lord holds laddus and these sweets represent the rewards of a life well lived. However, one thing worth noticing is that Lord Ganesha never eats the laddus and this shows that a person should never be attached to the material possessions. The fourth hand of Lord Ganesha blesses his devotees and protects them while they walk on the path of spirituality.

It is known to all that Lord Ganesha is the son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who are the idol of life force and earth’s mother respectively. This has a very deep meaning as it symbolises that a true devotee’s spirit and body should always be in harmony with the universe and Mother Nature, Any disruptions caused can affect the person adversely.

Lord Ganesha art is considered very virtuous and auspicious. His sculptures and paintings are famous in the section of gifting as they make as a perfect gift for a newlywed couple or on occasion of inauguration of a new home or office. Before starting any good thing, Lord Ganesha is always remembered and his blessings are sought.

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