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Ganesha

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1 Sarah Mangum = "While some texts say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories.  The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her and Shiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati.  Shiva then replaced Ganesha's original head with that of an elephant."
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Even the position of Lord Ganesh’s trunk has significance and special meaning. Like all of Ganesh’s symbols and traits, each hold an interesting difference in the benefits devotees would get. If the idol trunk turns left, it signifies blessings of wealth, success and pleasure. To his right, the trunk represents moksha-related benefits – understanding that all pleasures on earth are momentary and to take the path of achieving bliss. His cracked tusk held in the right hand was broken off with purpose to use as a writing tool for the Mahabharata Epic. This is seen as a symbol of sacrifice, strength and demonstrates that we must finish what we start."Source: http://www.lotussculpture.com/blog/sacred-symbols-lord-ganesh-statue/"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Ganesh is usually depicted colored red; he is pot bellied, has one tusk broken, and has four arms that may hold a pasam, a goad, and a pot of rice, or sweetmeats. The sweet meats are held in a type of bowl known as laddus. His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.A pasam or noose is a triple twine weapon. Each of the three twines represent: 1. Arrogance and conceit, 2. Maya - the illusory nature of the real world, and 3. Ignorance.Goads (or elephant prods) are typically used to direct elephants. Goads are symbolic of how one should steer the soul away from the ignorance and illusions of this earthly world just as a mahout would steer an elephant away from any treacherous path.In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type of bloodshed.Ganesh's characteristic pot belly is usually bound around with a cobra. The cobra is an animal usually associated with Shiva, a reminder that Ganesh is his son."Source: http://www.lotussculpture.com/ganesh1.html"
4 Shawn Bose = "The mouse represented here is Lord Ganesha's vehicle.  He is often also associated with the mouse because as the remover of obstacles, the mouse is the most ever present obstacle in agricultural societies that worship him."