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Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

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Symbolism of Lord Ganesha
Hello guys,

Once Parvati wanted to take a bath, and none of her attendants or Shiva-Gana were around to guard the house while she baths. Out of necessity, she created a human boy like image from the turmeric she used to take bath with, and infused life into the image.
Parvati ordered the now alive boy to look after the house and guard it while she was having a bath. She asked him not to let anyone enter the house without her permission.
Soon, Shiva returned to the house, and tried to enter it when the boy in front of him stopped him from entering. Shiva argued that he was the master of the house and Parvati's husband, but the boy who had not heard any other voice than Parvati was determined not to let anyone enter the house without her permission.
Infuriated at the young boy's stubbornness, Shiva chopped off the head of the little boy with his trishula.
Parvati, when came out, saw the lifeless body of her "son". She demanded her son to be made alive again.
The power with which Shiva had hit the boy, out of fury, had made the head being hurled away very far off to some distant place.
Parvati was enraged and her fury beyond control. Shiva asked his Ganas to set out in all directions and get the head of any dying animal which they could first set their eyes on. The Ganas found a dying elephant first, and brought its head back to Shiva, who affixed it on the head of the boy and infused life into it, naming him Ganesha, or the Lord(Ish) of Ganas.







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donnieclark11: Apr 17, 2017, 7:53 AM
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donnieclark11: Hi

Welcome to Praize Forums.

Very interesting story, but I can't understand what it symbolizes. Is it allegory? If so of what? We, as Christians are used to parables and double meanings, can you explain this one to us please?

Does it symbolize aspects of human psychology perhaps?

Regards Chris.
Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet.4:8b.
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Hi Donnie.

Welcome to Praize.

This is the story of how Ganesh came to be, then. I have often wondered.

-Jeanne
"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."