The Lovable God Who Rides a Mouse

28Sep - by swayamt - 17 - In India
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Yesterday, millions of Indians bid a “bye” to their most loved and jovial god,Ganesha.Here is the hauntingly beautiful story of the Elephant God!

The Elephant God who rides a mouse!

Ganesha, the chief protagonist in many Indian young teen and kid TV  animated shows is a friend, confidante, and many things to many people.He is also the Commander in Chief of the army of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Indian concept of the Trinity.He  helps people in achieving their mundane goals by removing the hurdles, is shown to be riding a tiny mouse and is fond of laddus which are basically sweets shaped in a spherical form.

Why do you think, he rides a mouse?answersplease?

Ganesha has an elephant trunk, has just one tusk and wields an axe as his weapon. Flanked by his two consorts, Riddhi and Siddhi,He is given the pride of place in any household. he is the protector of the household.

He has an elder brother, Kartikeya and his mother’s name is Parvati.Even though, he is one of the junior most gods in the Indian pantheon , he is given primacy when invoking the blessings and good wishes of all the gods.His is the name to be invoked first while invoking and inviting all the gods .

Don’t you think he has a unique body structure? He has a trunk and is pot bellied.Why? He has huge ears also.Indians believe, the trunk represents His  strong sense of intuition which can be developed by long hours and days of practice.While, one can be superiorly endowed with intelligence, equally important is to have a nose for things not apparent.His big ears convey the message that one should be ever attentive to things happening around.And, his pot belly tells us to keep secrets of friends to ourselves and never reveal them to anybody.So, basically, Ganesha instructs us how to be a wise individual in the modern world.

Birth of Ganesha

Ganesha was never in the form he is seen today in. He was born as a normal looking kid to his parents. Fierecely obedient to his mother, Goddess Parvati, one day he was ordered by his mother to stand guard while she took her daily shower and not let any one enter the house. The ever obedient Ganesha took his position at a vantage point, reminding himself of his duty toward his mother.

Sometime later, his father , Lord Shiva came to the house and asked his son to open the door.Ganesha, replied to his father saying he had been forbidden by his mother to not let anyone enter the house.The father tried to reason with but, the obedient son refused to relent. This went on a for a few hours and all this enraged Lord Shiva.He drew out his weapon and cut off the head of his son!

Upon hearing the commotion, Goddess Parvati came out of the house and was horrified to see the dismembered body of her son.Of course, she was inconsolable and wanted her son back from death.Lord Shiva, realising the enormity of the situation then decided to bring relief to the mother of Ganesha- he transplanted the head of a child elephant to the torso of Ganesha and this how the child came back to life! Interesting story, isn’t it?

Ganesha Chaturthi

Every year, in the month of Bhadrapad, millions of Indians escort Lord Ganesha to their homes and seek his blessings.The day, he is installed in the house is termed Ganesh Chaturthi.For the next 10 days, the Lord is visited upon by people in good numbers and his blessings sought after. On the tenth day of his arrival, he is escorted by the faithful to a water body and his idol immersed in it. This event of immersion is called Ganpati Visarjan. Ganpati is another name of Lord Ganesh .

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Ganesh Chaturthi procession in Mumbai (image courtesy-Internet)

The Lord is again invited to Indian households on Diwali or Deepawali , the festival of lights.

The appeal of Lord Ganesha runs across the world. He is worshipped in countries like Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and many other countries of East Asia.

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17 thoughts on “The Lovable God Who Rides a Mouse”

  1. This reminded of my grand mother who used tell me stories of Ganesha and why any ritual starts with after offering to the lord Ganesha. However, the narrative related to Ganesha Belly, ear and trunk was something, I was not aware of it.

  2. This is a very interesting story, and one that I’ve not heard before. I’m not sure why he rides a mouse, but it might have something to do with the conquering of pests. I’m just guessing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I loved learning the background on Ganesha. I visited India a few years ago and found Hindu to be so interesting.

  4. I always find it so interesting how the appearances and personalities of our Indian Gods are so specific…another way to reinforce cultural values that our society has propagated for centuries. Lovely post, very timely.

  5. What an interesting story! I always find it fascinating to learn more about the cultural and religious backgrounds of the regions I travel. So I’ll be sure to keep the story of the God who rides a mouse in mind for my visit to India next year.

    Happy continued travels,
    Carola

    PS: A bit of feedback on your blog: Your grammar, spelling, and punctuation isn’t always correct. I use an extension called Grammarly to double-check my posts before I publish them. Maybe this could help you, too.

  6. Ganesha was my favorite God to learn about when I was in India last year. I think I was particularly interested because of his unique appearance!

  7. Very interesting story about the gods. It is always interesting to learn of different cultures and why someone does something the way they do it. The back story is very intriguing and makes you want to learn more.

  8. Ganpati Bappa Maurya, Mangal Murti Maurya. With festival around the corner and being celebrated with so much pomp ,this article is a pleasant read. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I am always fascinated by the cultures and relgions of a certain country. This one is really interesting especially the story of a God who rides a mouse. Thank you so much for sharing. I learn something about India today. ?☺

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