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Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha         

One of the most prominent deities in Hinduism is Lord Ganesha; the chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed and the divine being who is responsible of creating and removing obstructions, both material and spiritual order. He is the one who places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked (such as those whose ambitions have become destructive) and the one who has the ability to remove it easily to ensure success especially for his devotees. He is the divine being who you might call upon when you are about to embark on a new endeavor.



            Ganesha is also associated with the first chakra or energy wheel which underpin all of the other chakras and represents conservation, survival, and material well-being. Furthermore, he is considered to be a patron of arts and sciences and of letters. Hence, poets traditionally invoke him at the start of a book. Devotees also believe that if Ganesha is worshipped he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity. Given these attributes regardless of any spiritual affiliations: he is widely honored and respected

            In Hinduism, there are many versions of Ganesha’s origin. In one adaptation, the goddess Parvati, Ganesha’s mother, created him from the dirt off her body while she was bathing. She then had him guard the entrance to her bathroom. When Shiva, her husband, came home he was angry that a stranger to him blocked his access and cutoff its head unaware that it’s his son, Ganesha. Parvati was waned with grief. And to console her, Shiva restored Ganesha’s life by giving an elephant head since this was the first creature his hordes have had crossed that was laying with its head facing north (the auspicious direction associated with wisdom).

            Ganesha’s image, iconographically is color red, has a big round belly which represents generosity and acceptance. Adhered with cobra as a reminder that he is son of Shiva (the god who is generally associated with it), has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness or ability to focus on one object, accompanied with rat which symbolizes his aptitude to destroy obstacles and is generally shown with 4 arms (although the number may vary from 2 to 16). In the four-armed configuration he usually holds his own tusk, a goad, a pot of rice and a laddo sweets, his favorite. Each of his items carries its own spiritual significance.       

 

Here are some of the most powerful Ganesh mantra for success and removal of all obstacles:

 

  • ”Om Vignanaashnay Namah” If one is facing problems with his social life, at work or with interpersonal relationships, it can be made easier by chanting this mantra.
  • “Om Lambodaraya Namah” Chanting this mantra allows an individual to love and be one with the whole universe, just like Lord Ganesha.
  • “Om Vikataya Namah” (Vikat means difficult) This Mantra reminds him that his ultimate goal is salvation, and no matter what happens, he should not lose sight of it. This Ganesha Mantra will keep his eyes on this long-term goal and motivate him towards salvation.
  • “Om Gam Ganpataye Namah” It wards off all the negativities from one’s life before beginning any work. Chanting of this mantra ensures success in all the new ventures that one wishes to undertake.
  • “Om Gajananaya Namah” This Mantra motivates such humble living and chanting of it helps one attain his/her inner peace and consciousness.

 



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