Hindu Religion: Ganesha, The Elephant Headed God

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Ganesha: An Elephant-Headed Deity
Ganesha, the Elephant-Headed God, is the most worshipped god in the Hindu religion most commonly practiced in India. He represents Wisdom and the distinction between good and bad and is the leader of ganas, also known as beings.
When Ganesha was created, his creator and/or mother, Parvati had created him out of anger when her husband Shiva’s followers betrayed her due to their loyalty. Parvati being jealous, created Ganesha from the dirt on her body to have someone who was loyal to her like her husband did. Once Shiva discovered this and Ganesha would not let Shiva pass through to see Parvati, he sent out an army to kill Ganesha. This mission was ...view middle of the document...

His broken tusk represents holding on when nothing seems to be going right. Just on his head he has many other representations, such as his small eyes, representing concentration and his big head showing how big he thinks. Ganesha is thought of as one of the most caring god’s in the hindu religion as his ears represent being a good listener and his small mouth representing talking less, these two qualities together show that he is one to listen to other’s problems rather than talk about his own. In many images Ganesha is shown holding three items, a noose, an elephant goad, and sweet candy called laddoo the objects in his lower right hand represent his blessings and protection. Ganesha is known to reduce karma and guide you in your difficult journeys. These are one of many qualities portrayed by Ganesha.
In the Hindu religion, they believe in sacrifice for your beliefs. Ganesha has learned the true meaning of sacrifice. Ganesha is shown with a broken tusk, here he had broken off his tusk in order to write the Mahabharata a poem known around the world. This shows his sacrifice in order to prove to his higher beings that he is dedicated to his followers and will do anything to guide them down the right path towards success and happiness. Ganesha was the god to guide all beings through their struggles and is their to re-ensure that his followers will become successful as long as they keep their faith.
There are many qualities Ganesha wished to teach his followers. As children many parents would tell their children the stories of Ganesha and the lessons he wanted to teach his followers. He believed that if you say you’re going to do something, then you need to set your mind to it and get it done before you commit to anything else. Like most parents around the world, Ganesha’s followers told their children they need to make the most out of what you have because there is always someone less fortunate than you. As his big ears represent his good listening skills, this became another quality he teached. Another quality he believed every human being should possess is the power to believe everyone comes before your self, to not be selfish. Sacrifice played a big part in Ganesha’s life and this is one of the most important qualities he stressed. He taught his follower’s to always keep your cool, because acting out of anger can result in very bad karma. With school work, work itself, religious practices, and social lives, many human being stress to find that happy medium, this is something Ganesha taught his followers, he believed that all should find time for each aspect of their life to find what he...

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