The God Ganesh

The God Ganesh

This is undoubtedly the most popular deity of India. He is the god of knowledge and of virtue. The Hindus praise him before taking any important action.

Son of Shiva and Parvati (Shakti), he is recognizable by his elephant head and his obese body. He sits on a throne and wears a crown. He holds an ax (parashu) in his hand and he eats small pastries (modouks). It is sometimes represented with a slipknot and an elephant hook. The mount of Ganesh is a rat.

Ganesh was not born with an elephant's head. According to legend, Ganesh was born when his father had gone to fight demons. A few years elapse. One day, her mother asks her to keep the entrance of the house while she is bathing. That's when Shiva comes back. Ganesh, not knowing that he was his father, refused him the right to enter. Shiva, ignorant that he has a son and furious at being challenged by a child, cuts off his head. Parvati, mad with pain, orders Shiva to resurrect her son. He then sends his servants asking them to bring back the head of the first living creature they will encounter. So it was the head of an elephant that they brought back.

Ganesh is also called Ganapati and more rarely Vinayak.

See also:


Religions of India

Copyright 2013 - 2024 - Any reproduction prohibited without the authorization of the author. This Internet site is a private, unofficial site, resulting from the work of compilation of the works of various authors. Unless otherwise stated, the photos are the property of the webmaster. Any use of texts, photos or other elements of this website is prohibited without the consent of the webmaster. To contact him, use the link on the page credits. Documentary sources: click here . To view the site's privacy policy, please click here: Privacy Policy.

Websites of the same author: The Pyrénées-Orientales, Marguerite Duras, Wonders of the world, Roman Emperors.