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Tallest Ganesha idol in India : 45 feet This Ganesha idol is believed to be the tallest in India. from Khairatabad, Hyderabad Image by Freebird (Bobinson KB) via Flickr

Often regarded as the son of Siva and Parvati,¹ Ganesha (or Ganesh) is a widespread Hindu god that’s been worshipped from about 400 CE to the present.

Literally losing his head after a burning glance from Sani, it was replaced with that of an elephant, as it remains today.

The Mahabharata mentions Ganesha as the scribe who wrote down that epic according to Vyasa’s dictation. And he’s said to embody the apparently primal sound of the AUM mantra.

Ganesha is also important to Jains and has a significant role in Asian Buddhism and Indian art in general.

To many monotheists, the idea of worshiping some kind of mix of animal and human god is difficult to understand. Some defenders of the practice, however, note that animals are held to be sacred in many spiritual traditions—for instance, in Shamanism. So the idea is not just particular to Asian religion.

¹ https://earthpages.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/ganesha/#comment-9447

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6 thoughts on “Ganesha

  1. Ganesha counseled Pandava in Mahabharat??
    Nope, Its shri Krishna, another popular god and an incarnation of Vishnu

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  2. Thanks… I don’t know where I got that from! I’ve read shorter versions but not the entire epic. Will have to revisit it…

    Note: Just made an edit. Thanks again!

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  3. technically not really the son of Shiva; Parvati made Ganesh from her own sweat to defend her while Shiva was away in mountains, meditating..

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    • Thanks for the clarification. This is what Wikipedia says:

      “Though Ganesha is popularly held to be the son of Shiva and Parvati, the Puranic myths give different versions about his birth.[99] He may have been created by Shiva,[100] or by Parvati,[101] or by Shiva and Parvati,[102] or appeared mysteriously and was discovered by Shiva and Parvati.[103]”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha

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  4. nice blog, yes Ganesha has written The Mahabharata using his broken tusk

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