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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Ganesh Statues

Lord Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, is a Hindu God who is very popular and well known around the world. Hindu’s all around the world pray to him and revere in this glory. He is widely worshiped in India and its neighboring country, Nepal.

Ganesh is easy to recognize because of his elephant head. He is known as the remover of obstacles and people worship him as the Lord of beginnings. He is the benefactor of the arts and sciences and is the ambassador of wisdom and intellect. Before embarking on any journey or starting any new venture, people pray to him and ask for his blessings so that their journey can be fruitful and their enterprise, successful.

Ganesh became popular in the 4th and 5th century; the time many people refer to as the Gupta Period. Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Parvati. There is a little bit of ambiguity circling around the stories of his birth. Ganesh has been depicted in Indian art and mythology from early times, and he has always been a popular figurine.

There are many stories in Hindu mythology on the mystery regarding Ganesha’s elephant head. The most popular one is that Ganesh came between Shiva and Parvati and Shiva, in anger beheaded Ganesha. Parvati then told Shiva that Ganesh is his son, so Shiva gave him an elephant’s head as a replacement. Ganesh is known to have a fun and jolly disposition and is recognized by his big and round belly.

Lord Ganesh is escorted by his vahana - a rat, in most of his statues and paintings. Rats are known to be able to gnaw their way through things, and get anywhere without any obstacles, in the same way the rat represents Ganesh’s power to defeat every obstacle in his path.

Ganesh is one of the first few Indian Gods to transcend all beliefs and extend his influence in the western world. He is known world over because of his distinct features, and Ganesha Statues can be seen everywhere. You can choose a Maharaja Ganesh Statue, Lotus Ganesh Statue, Chatri Ganesh Statue or Surya Chakra Ganesh Statue to adorn your home.

The period during the 10th century was an era of development and trade; many merchants carried Ganesh statues on their journeys, and hence he became a known deity amongst all the different merchants in the world. They began to pray to him and slowly he became well-known. He is a popular God not only amongst Indians, but people of all of races and communities.

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