Lord Ganesha (The elephant head god) is one of the most worshipped deities in Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha is considered and worshipped as the Supreme Being and the god of beginnings throughout India and many other Asian countries.
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Birth and Iconography
Lord Ganesha’s birth or initial incarnation is said to circulate on many puranic mythical stories. Ganesha is considered as the son of Shiva and Parvati and goddess Parvati created Ganesha from clay, there is also one more infamous puranic story that Ganesha was born from the smile of Lord Shiva.
Major parts in south India worship Ganesha as the elder son of the Shiva family whereas in some parts he is considered as the younger son of lord Shiva and Parvati. As the mixed stories on his birth the elephant head depictions of Ganesha also has many puranic stories.
It is said that Parvati created Ganesha to protect her and Shiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati opposing Shiva entering her place. Another story revolve around the same iconography stating that lord Ganesha born with the elephant head and he is also said to be child born to the elephant headed goddess malini after she drank the bathing water of Parvati.
Depiction Names & Meanings
Ganesha is referred and depicted by many forms and names in ganesha paintings and other art forms by the patrons and devotees which have specific meaning for each in puranic scripts. Some of the names are Vinayaga, Ganapathy, Vigneshwara, Pillayar, Lambodara, Ekadanta, etc. . . . . each of these names have a significant meaning and a story of explanation behind them.
Lord Ganesha’s initial name was Ekadanta meaning single tusk. It can be seen that the elephant head god has only one tusk and holding the broken tusk in his hand. There are stories regarding this that the lord used his to win an asura and there is an story stating that he used it to write some parts of Mahabharata (Epic story) as dictated by the famous sage Vyasa.
Ganapathy means the leader of the group of celestial semi divine beings known as ganas. Ganpati painting in home removes obstacles. Vigneshwara is the name that means the main ideology of lord Ganesha (vignam = obstacles) as the remover of obstacles. Lambadora is meant on his pot belly and he holds the entire universe in his big pot belly.
The Famous 32 Forms of Ganapati
Apart from names, Lord Ganesha is also depicted in 32 different forms each having a unique significance meaning. These forms are Bala ganapati, taruna ganapati, sakthi ganapati, bhakti ganapati, veera ganapati,dvija ganapati, siddhi ganapati, ucchista ganapati, kshipra ganapti, heramba ganapati, Lakshmi ganapati,Maha ganapati,vijaya ganapti,nritya ganapati,urdhva ganapati,ekakshara ganapati,varada ganapati,tryakshara ganapati,haridra ganapati,ekadanta ganapati,srishti ganapati,uddanda ganapati, rinamochana ganapati,dhundhi ganapati, trimukha ganapati,sinha ganapati, yoga ganapati,durga ganapati,sankatahara ganapati.
Reasons for having a Ganesha tanjore painting @home
Lord Ganesha is considered as the “Lord of Beginnings” he is worshipped on the beginning of all rituals in Hindu mythology. It is believed worshipping lord Ganesha removes all obstacles in actions and new efforts taken by one in his/her life.
Bring home the divinity and blessings of Lord Ganesha with these Unique specially handcrafted Ganesha Tanjore Paintings, We always give the best to the deity we worship so it will be the best choice to have the precious tanjore art made with 22ct gold foils in the altar. This century old art form not only for worship Thanjavur paintings also gives a royal look to when used as decoration addition.
Authentic Tanjore paintings lasts for more years with the same shine which makes them special and these paintings also gives the same effect as the arts made in century old temples.
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