This is an interesting animated image of Lord Ganesha. Decked in all his finery- the Lord of Plenty and prosperity looks on at his devotees. The power of the symbolisms associated with Ganapati Bappa is reflected not only in his person but it gets repeated countless times in the heart and imagination of his ardent devotees around the world.
The artist’s imagination in the making of this image highlights very significant change in the way we we look at the concept of divinity. One would assume that in the age of Science and technology, religion would take back seat, and would in time lose credence and importance. Instead what we see here is an organic evolution of the concept of religion.
Humourous as it may sound, prehistoric man had wallpapers too, only he painted it on his cave walls with naturally occurring pigments. Sociologists could and do argue that the cave paintings from over 10,000 years ago were simple recording of what the ancient man saw. Be it as it may, the one thing that is undeniable is the fact that those paintings were the result of human imagination at work.
Time passed and civilization replaced nomadic, cave-dwelling lifestyles until finally we arrived in the year 2013, where we live in complex social structures, governed by equally complex laws of interaction. A lot has changed, but a lot is still the same. From reality we have moved on to virtual reality and human imagination has been a constant presence throughout the entire time.
So today when you, dear reader, would look upon this Ganesha wallpaper and suddenly notice it blinking at you, you would be witness to a process of human evolution that literally spans millennia on end. It is proof of the power of human imagination to transcend reality. It is proof that sublime divinity is not antithetical and opposed to scientific enquiry. They are implicitly and organically linked to each of us by the simple virtue of us being human.
It hardly matters which faith you subscribe to or which form of divinity you bow to, feel free to download this wallpaper and let it decorate your Personal Computer or your Mobile Device simply for the reason that it is beautiful. While you do this however, realize that you are embracing not a religion or an idol but the combined heritage of what makes human beings the dominant species on this planet. Emotional satisfaction shall enrich your life as you slowly but steadily come to experience the true power of having the reigns of prosperity, riches, and success in your very hands. At that precise moment, you would experience Ganesha!
Let us find out in some greater detail about the Various Lord Ganesha Artefacts. Many stories float about the origin of Ganesha’s head but little is known about the artefacts that Lord Ganesha carries. It is considered inauspicious to sculpt Ganesha’s idol with two hands. There are representations of Lord Ganesha with two hands in ancient literature. Generally he is shown with four or more hands. The four armed Ganesha came into existence in the Gupta period (5th to 7th century). Ganesha carries artefacts each of which holds a symbolic meaning.
Most common representation of Lord Ganesha shows him with four hands. Hence the popular artefacts that he holds are the lotus (a closed lotus), the axe, the modaka and the rope. The stories of their origin make for interesting anecdotes. The physical appearance of Lord Ganesha is described in the Ganesh Upanishads. Traditional scriptures describe Ganesha with four arms and the four artefacts.
The lotus was given to Lord Ganesha by Brahma. When Ganesha ate the demon to save the earth and the celestial beings, he could not bear the heat in his stomach. The lotus was given to him to soothe his pain and anxiety. It is hence representative to spiritual awakening and triumph over evil.
The axe comes from Lord Ganesha’s father Shiva. It was given to Lord Ganesha as a gift from his father. Ganesha holds the axe in his upper right hand. Ganesha being the king of Shaiva deity (king of Lord Shiva’s devotees) was vested with the axe that belongs to Lord Shiva. Another popular story of the origin of the axe is after the encounter of Lord Ganesha with Parshurama (avatar of Lord Vishnu. One day Parshurama was going to pay a visit to Lord Shiva. Not knowing Parshurama, Lord Ganesha asked for his introduction before allowing him to go further. This agitated Parshurama and in his anger he hurled his axe (which was a gift from Lord Shiva) towards Lord Ganesha. Ganesha recognized the axe and out of respect got struck by it. The axe is hence symbolic to the respect Ganesha holds for his father. Incidentally this is how Lord Ganesha also got his tusk broken, that he holds in one of his hands.
The modaka is Ganesha’s favourite sweet. It was given to him as a prize by his mother Parvati after he won a race with his brother Skanda. When the Devas came to Shiva and Parvati with a divine sweet claiming that the one who consumes it shall have all the knowledge and wisdom of the world, Parvati was in a fix. She told her sons to encircle the earth and the one to do it fastest shall win. Ganesha simply encircled his parents and said that they constituted the world for him. The display of wisdom won Ganesha the modakam.
The rope is alternatively represented with a snake. On his birthday Ganesha stuffed himself with sweets and his belly grew bigger. He got on to his mouse and during his travel, fell on the ground. The contents of the stomach came out and to hold them Ganesha tied the snake in his belly. He is shown carrying the snake/rope in his hand in his idols sometimes.
The origin of the main artefacts tells the story of Ganesha’s triumph on vices and also his humility. It is hence enlightening to know them.
Dr. Nilima Chitgopekar is co-founder of The Ganesha Experience, a Professor and Guest Lecturer at leading Universities around the world. She is a pioneer in helping people improve their personal, professional and spiritual lives through the lessons, meanings and techniques drawn from India’s ancient wisdom and mythology.
Dr. Chitgopekar has revived the wisdom of the ages, and presents sublime lessons in gentle ways. She is a dedicated teacher who has reached out to remind us that we are not lost and alone in our search for meaning in this life. Terry Wilson Columbus, Ohio
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