Wednesday, January 9, 2008

WHY GANESHA HAS ELEPHANT HEAD

We all worship Ganesh as "sidhi data" or bestower of success in work. Ganesha is worshipped as the lord of wisdom and success, beginnings and as the lord of defender and remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences.(Read my Privious Post Ganesha The God of Wisdom )
Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. His elephant head has only one full tusk ,while other is broken. He said to have lost it in a fight with Parashuram. It's also said that he broke it to write The Mahabharat to the dictation of sage "Vyasa". Many of us know that Ganesha has Elephant head but very few of us know why Ganesha have elephant head. there are many story about Ganesha's head. Here i am going to share one story which is most populer in Nepal about why Ganesha has elephant head.
The birth of Ganesha is celebrated as a divine twist of fate. The most popular myth brings alive the story about the elephant head.
GANESHA battle with ParashuramGANESHA Battle With ParshuRam
Ganesha said to have lost his one tusk in a fight with Parashuram

It all began when Parvati was all alone while Lord Shiva away from home for long, long time. She feel bored and unsafe since there was no one at hand, she created a guard with the sweat and oils from her body. She brought the figure of a young man to life And Given the name Ganesh. One day, Parvati went for bathe. She needed privacy told Ganesh to stand guard while she bathed.
When Shiva, returned from long journey and strode towards their home, he found his way blocked by an unknown young man. The young Ganesh blocked Shiva’s entry. Shiva was furious, a battle began. The Ganesh fought well, but was no match against the might of Shiva, who killed him. Then Shiva Entered home and tell Parvati about What happen and ask who is the young man. Parvati replied The young man is Our son and went out and saw the dead body, she demanded he be brought back to life.

GANESH THANKA  Dancing GANESHShiva came to know Ganesh was his own son. Shiva sent his hordes to collect the head of the first living being, who was sleeping with head facing north. The north was associated with wisdom, and was also the direction from which the Aryans had invaded.
Shiva's Hordes went to the north, They found an elephant (Airawat), While Airawat slept facing the north, Shiva’s hordes beheaded him. Airawat, Indra’s white elephant paid the price for Shiva’s mistake. His elephant head was carried away for the dead body.

GANESH THANKAAn incensed Parvati demanded that her child be promoted to the status of a primary god. Shiva and all the other gods knew this was the only way they could placate her and Ganesha took his place before all the gods. (About Ganesh took his place before all the gods There different Story which I will share you very soon.)

So from then all rituals begin with the worship of Ganesha. His image invokes the universe, his head signifies wisdom and his body is globular( round), Vishwaroopa. Ganesha represents the majesty of the animal kingdom with his head and his vehicle the mouse shows subjugation of pestilent rats. This year is Also Rat year in Chinese Zodiac . Rat is vehicle of ganesh. So many People believe worship Ganesh this year will effective two times the any other year. Worship ganesh brings good luck, removing all obstacles and success in all fields.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

And one more thing. If we said myth, Myth is not a real story. It;s just a creation and imagination of our older people long time ago. So the story is unlogical actually, not logic at all.

The demon try to make human far from the real God, so they give human many kinds of imagination and story. They try to give imagination of how God's looks like. So sad many of us believe that :( They imagine God like animal, like human :(

The AlMighty is The Most Greatest and He is The Most beautiful that we cannot imagine. Our brain has no ability to imagine how God's looks like. God did not gives power to our brain to imagine about His appearance. And He did not create creatures alike Him becoz He creates so. :)

TIBET ARTS said...

Hi Friend! I am Sorry I have To Remove One Of your Comments.
Because you said only for discussion and I don’t think this kind of discussions are supposed to publish on internet. We Are Friends we can discuss About Anything But Please don't discuss about any other Religion. I respect whatever your Belief and religion is. All that I can say is I respect your Religion because you are my friend, and I will be Glad If you do the same to other religion, that we believe.

In your 2nd Comments You are absolutely correct!!
Yes! Myth is Not a Real Story. But we should understand Stories Are made not to believe them blindly but to find out some good lessons that we can apply them in our daily life and keep ourselves out of small-small problems that come often in our life. You do believe there is still some un-imaginary power that keeps us in good shape in this world. No one ever has able to recognize it and I guess no one will do so. And here may raise a question! Why we should believe someone whom we don’t know, whom we’ll never imagine in our whole life. The answer to this question may vary to person to person. As far as mine, your and others.

Thanks again for your comments, you are always welcome.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. I am in an Asian Philosophy class now in College and I find the Hindu religion very fasinating. Now, I am not a follower, but I still believe it has very good morals and ideas.

I like that Goddesses are depicted with some power over their male counterparts. You don't see that with many religions. I'm male. Just a little note.

Love the music. Very calm and relaxing. I'd like some on my music player.

The idea that everything is Maya slightly confuses me, but I can see that it deals with the saying "Believe not what you see or hear, only what you know", or something of the sort. Pretty much saying, "Don't believe everything just because. Question everything."

As I said, love the story. It's always nice to read about religions and their history.

Anonymous said...

how can a human being have a elephant head ?
Really not possible at all , unless u go fr a transplant or smethng , bt still i dnt thnk its a logical story , as u refered it as a myth ,i consider it to be a imaginary story , and y do they immerse ganesh in water ? AND HOW DOES HE HAVE 4 HANDS ?
Not trying to argue with you bt just wantd to knw as many hindus themself dnt kw the rght answer

Anonymous said...

Bleasings, thank you for such wonderful insight.

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