Interesting Facts About Lord Ganesh and Jewelry Inspired by Him

Lord Ganesh – the elephant-faced deity is extremely popular in Hinduism and worshiped by many people across the world. The ornaments depicting him like Ganesh pendant, rings, bracelets, and beads are also very popular. The one and only reason behind his extreme popularity is ‘faith’ as people consider Lord Ganesh the protector, the remover of obstacles, and the God of Wisdom.

Here are some interesting facts about elephant-headed God and why people wear spiritual ornaments having images of Lord Ganesh. Let’s get started:-

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  • Lord Ganesh is known to be the God of Wisdom and Power and devotees believe that he removes all obstacles falling their way. This is the reason why people worship him before starting any new work, traveling somewhere or making a huge investment.

  • There are 108 different names of elephant-headed God such as Ganapati, Vinayaka, Heramba, Pillaiyar, Ekadanta and more. and with each name representing some unique quality. For instance, he is popular with the name ‘the remover of obstacles’ which means he always protects his followers.

  • Ganesh is worshiped for a variety of reasons such as wisdom, health, wealth, fertility, celibacy, happiness, and auspiciousness. Even being known through the Hindu religion, he is loved by people from different cultures and countries.

Let’s take a look at what Ganesh symbolizes:-

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  • The big ears represent that we should listen more while the big head symbolizes a broad thinking.

  • Small eyes of elephant-headed God teaches us to concentrate on what we do and small mouth means we should talk less.

  • One tusk means retain everything that is good and throw away the bad and axe is to cut off unnecessary bonds of attachment.

  • The Trunk represents high efficiency and adaptability while the blessing hand of the Lord indicates that he protects on the spiritual path to supreme.

  • Large stomach symbolizes everyone should happily digest the good and bad in life and Modaka represent rewards of worship.

  • Prasada in his feet means that with your values and positive attitude, you can keep the whole world at your feet and for your asking.

  • The mouse also symbolizes something unique – desire. It means we should control our desires and never allow them to take us on a ride without our permission.

In our next blog, we’ll discuss these symbols to dig more about them and understand the hidden facts behind Lord Ganesh…

Ganesh Pendant – Hidden Truth Behind that Big Elephant Head

In our previous blog, we discussed about meaning and reasons behind increasing popularity behind Ganesh pendant. Spiritual ornaments are very popular across the world due to their significance in the lives of people. Some use malas to chant mantras and offering prayers while others simply wear spiritual jewelry to stay connected with God every single minute.

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When we talk about offering prayers, the elephant-headed God Ganesha is worshiped first in any prayers. He is considered as the God of wisdom and power, as we already discussed in our previous piece of writing. But why he is elephant-headed and how he got it? Have you ever tried to know the story behind his big elephant head? There are many stories which tell about the big head of Lord Ganesh but I will discuss a single but popular story in an attempt to know Shiva’s son.

One day while preparing for bathe, Parvati infused Ganesha from sandalwood and told him he was her son and should guard the entrance so that no one enters in. Soon after, Shiva came to see Parvati but stopped by Ganesh and told he would not let him in. Ganesha didn’t allowed him to enter inside even after Shiva telling him that he is Parvati’s husband. Shiva, with no idea that this boy was his son, got angry and cut off the head of Ganesha before throwing it away using his trident.

Parvati, when saw her headless son, became so angry that she decided to destroy the entire creation, being Shakti or the power. Lord Brahma, the creator of universe, pleaded that she should not destroy the heavens and the earth. All Gods and Shiva pacified her until she said she would, but at a condition that her son be brought back to life and be forever worshiped before all the other Gods.

Shiva told Brahma to bring back the head of the first creature he find laying with its head facing north and Brahma returned with the head of an elephant, a powerful but patient animal. Shiva fixed it onto Ganesha’s body and breath new life to him. Shiva also declared Ganesha to be his elder son and the lord of his ganas.

This is how Ganesh got the head of the most powerful and wise creature – elephant. Lord Ganesha’s head symbolizes the supreme reality of human existence while his human body represent the earthly existence. The big elephant head also denotes wisdom while the trunk symbolizes OM.

Now you can better understand that why people worship Ganesha and wear ornaments with his image embraced…. In our next blog we’ll discuss some more facts related to Ganesha, till then enjoy reading…