Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ABC Wednesday - 'E' for Elephant Headed God

Sri Ganesha



Ganesha - the Hindu elephant deity riding a mouse is very popular and pervasive in the minds of the masses.
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.
Read more about Ganesha here

15 comments:

  1. looks like the Ganapathy festival has started earlier for you ..... by a fortnight.

    Ram

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  2. Really eye catching and colourful. Thanks for the information..

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  3. Thank you for this interesting post about the deities...unique idea for ABC Wed. so far.

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  4. Ram - don't you think it feels like the festival has already begun when the shops in the market have idols out up for sale?
    I couldn't resist taking some photographs.
    Also because of the festive season (Teej & Janmashtami), many hawkers who sell fruits & children books in the market are now selling small idols, dhoop, agarbattis, red bandhani and satin clloth squares(with gota) and other pooja samagri(items).
    It is festival time.

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  5. Yes Anu, when the market starts stacking these items, the actual pace for the festival sets in .... and the mood too ...

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  6. jai ganesh!

    Check out my Engine here

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  7. Destroyer of evils and obstacles...
    hmmm...
    Also read in the link you gave that Ganesha is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, and pride...

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  8. Very interesting and Educational post.
    Your photo is Exquisite also.

    Bear((( )))

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  9. a very important animal in indian culture!

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  10. Very colorful and full of information. A great personal choice for the letter E.

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  11. This is a very beautifully captured shot...really eye catching!

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this and for being part of a great group of people.

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