Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed God with four hands and a mouse as his vehicle is a famous deity among believers of Hinduism. Kids love him for his appearance and elderly worship him for his divinity. Because of this, idols and paintings of Lord Ganesha are a popular gift among Hindu community.
But have you ever wondered what positive impact does a simple Ganesh idol or painting brings to your life? If you have, here is Lord Ganesha’s story and the significance of having his idol or painting in your house.
The Story of Lord Ganesh
One day, Devi Parvati was preparing to take her usual bath. She stopped on her way in and asked little Ganesh to guard the room and not to let anyone into the room, whoever it may be. Little Ganesha was all ears and started guarding the room with the determination of following every word of Parvati.
While Ganesha was guarding the room, Lord Shiva came searching for his wife. Following the strict orders, Ganesha did not allow his father to enter the room. Even an angry Lord Shiva couldn’t make way through rock solid Lord Ganesh. There started a fierce fight between the father and the son, with a predictable end. At the end of the gruesome battle, Shiva used his ultimate weapon, ‘Trishul’ to take out the head of Lord Ganesh.
When Devi Parvati came out of her bath, the sight took her life away. Little Ganesh was lying on the ground, beheaded. She couldn’t forgive Lord Shiva for what he did and asked him to bring Ganesh back to life.
Finally, Lord Shiva could do nothing but bring Ganesh back to life. However, he had to use the head of an elephant to do so. At that time, Devi Parvati also bestowed Lord Ganesh with divine powers that would give him an important place in Hindu mythologies. From then on, he is the God people pray to before starting something new or when some obstructions come up in their life.
What Represents What
The comparatively small size eyes of Lord Ganesha signify his concentration. Big ears tell us to listen more so as to absorb more ideas. The small mouth tells us to honor our words and to be a man of few words.
In life, you will come face to face with both good and bad. His large belly tells us to digest all the good and bad in life, peacefully. The four arms remind us of his omnipotent presence. In one of his arms, he is holding an axe, which is another way of asking us to cut off all the bonds of attachment for a peaceful life. The lotus in other hand teaches us to cherish your life and be pure, even when surrounded by something as bad as mud. The broken tusk of Lord Ganesh reminds us of his sacrifice made for the great cause of writing Mahabharath.
Devotees also believe that the whole body of Lord Ganesh symbolizes the whole universe.
Why Gift Ganesh Idols and Artwork?
Talking about Ganesh idols and artworks, it is a gift you can give anyone on any occasion. Everyone seems to be a devotee of Lord Ganesh, especially before doing something important in his or her life. It could be starting a new business, buying a new car, attending an interview or writing an exam. Lord Ganesha is an inevitable part in everyone’s prayers.
You can buy one of those auspicious Lord Ganesha idols for a newlywed couple to wish them all the luck in the world for their married life ahead. You can also gift a Ganesh art to someone celebrating their birthday to wish a great year ahead.
However, the most popular occasion for gifting Ganesh idols is on housewarming ceremonies. It is a new start for the new house owner and by gifting Ganesh idols, you are wishing them an auspicious stay at the house. In addition to being an auspicious gift, these Ganesh idols can also make a good addition to the house, in terms of home décor.
If you are facing some hard times in your life, not able to finish anything you started, try self-gifting Ganesh idols. It might change your luck upside-down. To summarize, Ganesh idols are seashells with gems of happiness and prosperity packed inside. You just need to know how to make use of these priceless seashells.
So are you thinking about gifting Ganesh idols to someone? Have you ever received Ganesh idols as a gift? What do you think is the best occasion to gift Ganesh idols? Share your thoughts with us in comments.