The Symbolism Of Vinayaka

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Vinayaka is one of the famous and greatly worshipped deities in Hinduism. The main identity of Vinayaka is his elephant like head. It is known that Vinayaka is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Ganesha or Ganapati is the leader of the Shivaganas (the forces of Shiva). He is the first among the gods to receive all the honours. He is called Vighnaraja, or Vighnesvara, lord of the obstacles and impediments. Devout Hindus worship him for removal of obstacles. Before starting any particular venture or worshipping other gods, they remember Ganesha, their beloved god. The only exception to this rule is when Shiva is worshipped. When you worship the father there is no need to worship the son separately because the son is
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This is the form in which he is normally worshipped on the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi.
Symbolism of Ganesha
Ganesha represents all that is grotesque and unusual in the world around a center of purity and divinity and in that synthesis of odds, he symbolizes the unity between the the usual and the unusual, the normal and the abnormal and the beautiful and the ugly aspects of earthly life. He reminds us of the simple truth that everything in the company of God becomes divine. His form dispels many illusions that we entertain in our minds about forms and appearances and the notion that beauty and intelligence go together, where as in truth we rarely see these two in equal proportions.
Lord Ganesha is described as the creator of obstacles. But this is only symbolic. In reality Ganesha is a facilitator who helps us in our good actions by obstructing us in our wrong doings. He becomes an obstacle when we indulge in actions that are not in harmony with our divine nature or detrimental to our spiritual progress. As human beings, we have limited awareness and we may not always take the right
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To perform any action successfully, we need faith and belief in God. Lord Vinayaka drives away our fears, when he descends into our consciousness and rides our minds. He instills in us the courage to face life and become divine. His large elephant head is indicative of his abnormally high intelligence and his enormous mental powers. Ganesha is an epitome of knowledge, well versed in the Vedas and other scriptures. He put the Mahabharata into writing. His broken tusk gives us the hope that we too can transform our aggressive tendencies and sublimate them into peace and

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