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…

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