The story is that this lingam represents a plate of rice and lentils.

Some say that Ganesha has so much devotion to his mother Parvati, that he remains celibate. When he understood that all women are but manifestations of his mother, he decided not to marry. Others hold however that Ganesha is the consort of Buddhi and Siddhi, daughters of Brahma. 'Ga' symbolizes Buddhi (intellect) and 'Na' symbolizes Vidnyana (wisdom). Ganesha is thus considered the master of intellect and wisdom. Ganesha is also often portrayed along with Saraswati and Lakshmi, symbolising that success and beauty always accompany wisdom.

Acceptance of the somewhat funny looking elephant-headed man as the divine force stills the rational mind and its doubts, forcing one to look beyond outer appearances. Thus Ganesha creates the faith to remove all obstacles, forcing one to look beyond form, removing doubts and pointing out the spiritual side of everything. Ganesha is thus often worshipped to remove obstacles.

Hindu Gods : Ganesha (Ganesh) - introduction & …

Traditionally, Ganesha comes in 32 different forms. One for example is Heramba Vinayakar, the Pancha Muga Ganesha or five-faced Ganesha. This form is specifically known as the protector of the weak. This ten-armed Ganesha is seated on a lion instead of the usual rat. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing while holding a noose, prayer (japa) beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka. Pancha Ganapati is a popular festival to the five-faced elephant God. It consists of five days of gift-giving and festivities within the home, especially for the children.

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Of all the gods, Ganesha attracts and arrests our attention. No one can fail to notice his peculiar features and his unusual placement in the Hindu pantheon. Looking at his form, a foreigner, who is not familiar with the tenets of Hinduism, would perhaps draw wrong conclusions about Ganesha and about Hinduism.

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Historically speaking, the worship of Ganesha dates back to prehistoric times. In the ancient world he was probably worshipped for the protection of farmlands against wild elephants and the menace of rats. The Ganapathi-Brahmanaspati and the Maruts of the Rigvedic hymns have some aspects of Ganesha. Brahmanaspati is Indra's lovely friend, who is known for his knowledge, wisdom and leadership, gives wisdom, heals diseases, increases agricultural wealth, and protects people from their enemies. As the teacher of gods or the priest of heaven, who makes the oblations to prosper, Ganesha occupies an important place in Vedic rites and rituals. Without him no sacrifice is supposed to be complete. There is also a reference to the elephant in his descriptions as an epithet. The Maruts are known for their fierce form and destructive nature. They send rains to the earth and cause fierce storms. In Ganesha we can see a fine integration of the qualities of an excellent teacher and a fierce warrior.

Ganesha - the Elephant Headed God, Art and Mythology

But he would be surprised to know that despite of his looks, Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism. Irrespective of their age, gender, education and background, millions are drawn to him irresistibly and worship him deeply with unparallel devotion. His very presence adds a lot of variety and vibrancy to Hinduism. His childlike innocence and behavior, attract the younger lot and draw them into religious life from an early age. They develop friendship with Ganesha and that friendship stays with them for the reminder of their lives.

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Ganesha has a peculiar, if not grotesque form. His form defies all norms of physical beauty and sense of proportion. But it does not invoke any sense of ugliness or repulsion in those who are devoted to him. Filled with love in their hearts, they see in him a peculiar charm, that is uniquely his own and powerfully appealing. He is short in stature, almost dwarfish to look at and red in color. Circumstances made him live with an elephant head, which sits rather confidently on a big pot belly supported by the stout limbs and legs of a sumo warrior. The color of his body is usually red. But his images in blue, black, green, yellow, white or pink colors are available.