Hindu Lord Shree Ganesha | The Elephant God
Spiritual and Tantric worship in Hindu culture and tredition begins with invocation of the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. He became the God of all the existing Gana after winning a contest held at kailash from his brother Kartikay . When he was given the challenge to race around the entire universe for three times, Lord Ganesha did not started the race like his brother Kartikay, but he simply walked around his parents (Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati) for three time, both of them, as the source of all existence in the entire univeerse and himself also.
More About Lord Ganesha
Many stories tells about how Lord Ganesha got the elepant head. Stories also tells about how Mata Parvati created Lord Ganesha in absence of Lord Shiva to guard quarters. When Lord Shiva wanted to visit her Lord Ganesha strictly forbid him, at which point Lord Shiva cut of his head in anger. Later Lord Shiva recovered Lord Ganesha's life and provided him head of an elephant, because no other child head was available . In another stories , Lord Ganesha's head is burnt into ashes when Saturn was forced by Mata Parvati to look at her child and bless him. The human body part of Lord Ganesha represents which is manifested, while the elephant part represents the unmanifested.
Lord Ganesha rides a rat that represents the subjected demon of qualities and ability. The conch represents sound that creates Akash. The laddu represents Sattva. The Snakes represents, control over the poisons of passions and refer to Lord Shiva. The Hatchet cuts away the bondage of desires. The mudra grants the feeling of fearlessness. The broken tusk is one with which Lord Ganesha wrote the 'Mahabaratha'.
Forms and Traditions of Ganesh
On the name of Traditions, Lord Ganesha comes in 32 different forms. As like Heramba Vinayakar, The Pancha Muga Lord Ganesha or five-faced Lord Ganesha. This one is known as the 'Protector of the weak'. This Ten-Armed Lord Ganesha is seated on lion instead of the as usual rat. He expands the gesture of protection and blessing while holding noose, prayer, beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka.The Pancha Ganapati is a popular festival to as five-faced elephant God. It is celebrated for five days of gift-giving and festivities within their home, especially for the children.
Lord Ganesha's Yantra
The Lord Ganesha's Yantra makes internal balance. The bhupur (a eight-dimensional square) in viridian green, a very balancing color. Focusing Meditation on this color produces red color, bringing inspiration to sadhaka. The Eight-petaled lotus is octave of prakriti : The 5 elements plus 3 Gunas. The sixpointed star creates balance between male and female energies. It is placed upon pointing upward triangle that represents the amrit.