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Lord Ganesha is the God of Wisdom and Success,
one of the most popular Hindu Gods. As the God
of Success, his image is to be worshipped before
any other gods during Hindu rituals. He is also
the God of education, knowledge, wisdom, literature,
and the fine arts.
course, there is a great amount symbolism in Ganesha
statues. The elephant head is a symbol of his
immense wisdom gained through the large elephant
ears which signify his ability to listen well.
The trunk relates to the power of human mind.
It must be strong enough to handle the external
world, but delicate enough to explore the subtle
realms of the inner world.
The four arms indicate that the Lord is omnipresent
and omnipotent while the lower right hand is shown
in a blessing pose signifying that Ganesha always
blesses his devotees. However, Ganesha is often
depicted holding a noose in one hand, which symbolizes
man's attachment to material desire.
Ganesha is typically depicted with only one tusk,
since it is believed he broke off the right tusk
and used it to inscribe the Mahabarata, one of
the major Hindu religious works. However, others
maintain that the two tusks represent wisdom and
emotion. The broken left tusk signifies that one
must conquer emotions with wisdom to attain perfection.
Lord Ganesha sits on a tray of Laddus signifying
the wealth and prosperity that he gave to his
devotees. However, a mouse sits near the bottom
of the statue to represent the ego that can eat
away at the goodness of a person.