Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

Ganesha (गणेश) also known as Ganapati (गणपति) is one of the widely worshiped deities in Hindu religion. He is son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and God of wisdom and intellect. Hence he is also known as Vighnaharta (विघ्नहर्ता) which means Demolisher of Obstacles or Vighnavinashaka (विघ्नविनाशक) which means Destroyer of All Obstacles & Impediments, Vigneshwara (विघ्नेश्वर) which means Lord of All Obstacles, Vidyavaridhi (विद्यावारिधि) which means God of Wisdom and Buddhividhata (बुद्धिविधता) which means God of Knowledge.

The word Ganesha is made up of Gana which means followers of Shiva and Isha which means Lord. Thus by giving this name Lord Shiva appointed his son as Lord of all Ganas.

Please find below the symbolism of Lord Ganesha and his uniqueness.

Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

The large ears of Lord Ganesha symbolise his ability to listen more. The big head enables Lord Ganesha to think big.

The axe in his hands conveys the message to cut off all the bonds of attachment.

The small eyes of Lord Ganesha send us the message to concentrate. The rope enables you to pull nearer to the highest goal.

The small mouth is represented to talk less.

The popular tusk of Lord Ganesha enables to retain good and erase bad. The most important aspect is the blessings from the other hand blesses and protects on the spiritual path to supreme.

Ganesha’s trunk resembles high efficiency and adaptability.

The large stomach of the Lord has the potential to digest all the good and bad in life.

A Madaka represents the rewards of Sadhana. The importance of Prasada conveys us that the whole world is at your feet.

The mouse represents desire; you can ride the desire and also keep it under control, not allow others to take you for a ride.