worship in the Hindu tradition begins with the invocation of the
stories describe how he got the elephant head. In one it is
Shiva who accidentily cut of his head. In another, it fell off because
Saturn looked at him. In both cases, an elephant head was the most
easily available replacement.
Ganesha rides a rat that represents the subjugated
demon of vanity and impertinence.
Acceptance of the somewhat funny looking elephant
god as the divine force stills the rational mind and it's doubts,
forcing one to look beyond outer appearances. He thus creates the
faith to remove all obstacles.
on the Yantra of this deity creates internal balance.
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