Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival of love, joy, and happiness. Ganesha is known as “Vighnaharta,” the destroyer of obstacles. He embodies many life lessons. From his tiny mouth to his big ears and the objects in his six hands, everything can be decoded to teach us how to overcome obstacles in life. Ganesha is the ideal teacher from whom we can learn how to lead a happy and prosperous life.
The Symbolism of Ganesha’s Small Mouth and Big Ears
Ganesh has a small mouth to teach us the need to speak less and only when it is important. Ganesh teaches us to speak less but speak sweet. The more we speak, the less effective the quality of our words. However, the big ears show the need to be a good listener, receptive to everything that comes our way. When we listen better, we understand better and appreciate other perspectives. This leads to better relations with people.
The Symbolism of the Six Alankars/Adornments
Each alankar is significant and teaches us an important life lesson.
1. Axe (Kulhaadi)
The axe symbolizes a source of knowledge enabling us to cut down past karma and bad deeds in life. Knowledge means wisdom, which helps us decipher between wrong and right.
2. Rope (Rassi)
The rope is symbolic of tying yourself to the disciplines of life. Discipline is the key to unlock the powers of a soul and walk the path of wisdom.
3. Trident (Trishul)
The three prongs of the Trishul symbolize our past, present, and future. When we are faced with past karma, we need to know how to deal with it in the present, keeping in mind the consequences will affect our future. The Trishul balances our past, present and future lives.
4. Modak (Sweet)
The Modak has more than one significance. Making modak is not easy and is a lesson on the difficulties in life, which we need to face to achieve success. Since modak is sweet, it symbolizes the sweetness of success. Hard work brings success that we will savour.
5. Lotus (Kamal)
The lotus grows in murky water but retains its purity and beauty. It shows the need to always be pure from within, no matter how adverse the conditions outside.
6. Blessing (Vardaan)
Ganesha’s sixth hand has nothing bit is raised in a blessing. It is his most important lesson where he asks us to bless everyone in our life, regardless of how their behaviour with you. Everyone should be accepted with an open heart.
Mastering these six lessons will help us overcome obstacles and live a prosperous life.
ThinkRight.me family wishes you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! We hope you can destroy the evils in your life and master the art of living mindfully and happily.