Folklore Lesson of the Day 6 24 2022
Country of Origin: India
In Hindu spirituality, Lord Ganesha is known as the “Remover of Obstacles”. For this reason, he is the first deity invoked before going to any other. His name (Sanskrit Ganapti) means “of the common people.” He is the patron deity of merchants, bankers, writers, and those seeking to attain new levels of understanding. His friend, and vehicle of travel is a rat named Mooshak. The idea of a great elephant-headed God riding a rat is how Ganesha illustrates his ability to overcome all obstacles.
His parents are Lord Shiva (the Destroyer) and Parvati (Shakti. According to legend, Lord Ganesha was born when the Goddess Parvati wanted to take a bath in privacy. She molded a little boy from the mud and asked him to stand guard over the doorway of her home. Fiercely loyal, the young child stalwartly guarded the entrance from any intruders. Unfortunately, Lord Shiva came home and wanted to gain entry into his palace.
Ganesha told this man to walk away. Lord Shiva was unaware of Parvarti’s creation being his own son and quickly cut off the head of this insolent boy. When a tearful and enraged Parvarti came running from her path, Lord Shiva quickly realized the implications of his actions. He quickly set his “Ganas” (common folk) to find him a suitable replacement head for the boy. It had to be the first animal or person they came across while looking in the jungle. The Ganas retrieved the head of an elephant. Shiva quickly resurrected the boy and that is how Ganesha got his unique form.
Lord Shiva rewarded the boy for his loyalty to his mother. Ganesha is blessed with eternal wealth and success. One such experience I’d had with Ganesha is that he is wonderful to work with if you are a writer or a business owner. He will guide you in matters of prioritizing your goals and communication.
This is just a brief overview of Lord Ganesha. If you’re interested in learning more about this subject, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!