Significance of Lord Sri Ganesha
Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atma or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and it's trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha's left hand is a tool to capture all difficulties.
The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atma. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.
Our 2012 Sri Ganesha Chathurthi was on September 19, 2012. The last day is the Visarjanam Festival which was celebrated on Sunday, September 30, 2012 with a procession to immerse a Lord Ganesha made of Clay
in the waters at Deas Island in Vancouver.
May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon all of us! May He remove all obstacles that stand in our spiritual path! May He bestow on us all prosperity as well as liberation!
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