Two common FAQs of Ganesha Art Lovers Answered
Lord Ganesha is one of the most believed and prayed deity of Hindus. He is worshipped by people all over India irrespective of their region and ethnicity. The deity is adorned by not just the elders but by the children as well. Children are very fond of watching his animated movies and are also really inclined towards him because of his unique physical appearance. He has an elephant head, a broken tusk, a fuller belly, and mouse as his vehicle, all this makes Ganesha, a deity who is loved dearly by its devotees. ‘Modak’ is known as his favorite food item. Moreover, there is an endless list of tales related to this revered deity of the Hindus.
However, many of the devotees and religious art appreciators still remain oblivious to many of the things associated with Lord Ganesha.
Hence, this article will give you a gist of Ganesha, the symbolic meaning of elements in his painting and the best occasion for gifting them. Take a look.
How Did He Get The Head Of An Elephant?
Ever since our birth, we all have seen Ganesha in Ganesha art paintings and idols with an elephant head. However, this might come as a shock to some that in reality, Ganesha didn’t have the head of an elephant when he was born. There is a fascinating story behind it. Here’s what happened.
One day Goddess Parvati, as usual, was going for bathing, when she suddenly realised that Lord Shiva, Nandi, and no one else is at home to guard the house while she will take her bath. Hence, she made a sculpture looking like a legit human and infused life into him. She considered him as her son and thus named him ‘Ganesha’. After infusing life into him, she asked Ganesha to guard the house. She also commanded him to not to let anyone enter the house until the time she is bathing.
While Ganesha was following his mother’s order obediently, Lord Shiva came back from the fight. He started approaching towards the gate of the house. As soon as Lord Ganesha noticed this, he obstructed Lord’s entrance. Both of them started yelling at each other. Lord Shiva got so infuriated that he cut the head of Ganesha.
When Parvati came out and saw Ganesha dead. She started crying and told him that he was their son who was just following her mother’s say dutifully.
Lord Shiva, who had earlier presumed Lord Ganesha as a notorious kid who was lying, got full of remorse, grief, and regret.
She asked Lord Shiva to bring their son to life anyhow. So Lord Shiva asked to cut the face of any child who is facing north. Apparently, the first child was the child of an elephant. Hence, they cut his head and gave it to Lord Shiva. The god of Gods instilled life into Ganesha again by placing the head of the elephant.
Goddess Parvati was still unhappy and thus Shiv Ji gave him the boon of getting prayed even before him.
When to Gift Ganesha Idols and Artworks?
Irrefutably, Lord Ganesha art paintings and idols are the most sought after, when it comes to gifting. The lord is worshipped while starting something new, for wealth and intelligence. Besides this, he is also prayed while buying a new vehicle, interview or an exam.
Hence, Ganesha art paintings and motifs are ideal for gifting during the housewarming ceremonies or while inaugurating a new workspace. One can also gift the paintings and idols of this deity at a birthday celebration or to a newlywed couple too. Additionally, Ganesha idols are a perfect home décor item and are a mandatory piece in the worshipping area of the house of the Hindus.
In brief, Ganesha paintings are a gem which every Hindu household must have in their professional and personal spaces.