As Indians, we are often asked how we worship an elephant-headed, pot-bellied, broken-tusked god who travels on a mouse. But as strange as it seems, every little peculiarity of Lord Ganesha’s has a deep spiritual significance. As we go along in this article, we will look at the meaning of this symbolic representation of Lord Ganesha. However, before we do, let’s take a look at Lord Ganesha’s mythological brass ganesh statue manufacturers.

Desiring to take a bath, Mother Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort, created a boy from dirt to guard her home when she was bathing. As it happened, Lord Shiva returned while Mother Parvati was away. Surprised to see a stranger outside the home, the Lord demanded that He be allowed to enter His home. Much to His dismay, the boy refused to allow Him in. Infuriated at being barred from entering His home, the Lord cut off the boy's head.

On returning, Mother Parvati was inconsolable when she found out what the brass ganesh statue supplier had done. Lord Shiva commanded his troops to get the head of the first living being they came across to alleviate her suffering. The first living being they chanced upon happened to be an elephant calf. Finally, Lord Shiva, on receiving the calf's head, placed it on the boy's body and restored life to him. Thus Lord Ganesha was created.

Lord Shiva represents the divine Self. Lord Ganesha, being His son, is symbolic of a person who has attained that state of Divinity. While representing the Divinity, Lord Ganesha also represents the way to attain that exalted state.

Lord Ganesha’s elephant head symbolizes the immense wisdom of a person of Perfection. Wisdom is something that comes out of manana, independent thinking, and reflection. This manana can happen only when one has taken in spiritual knowledge, i.e., the process of shravana has taken place. This process of shravana or intake of spiritual knowledge is portrayed as Lord Ganesha’s large ears where one listens to a teacher. It also symbolizes that even the wisest people are always open to hearing fresh ideas and opinions. In other words, the wise are those who always keep an open mind.

Emerging from the Lord’s brass ganesh statue manufacturers in India is the elephant trunk. This trunk visually depicts a well-developed intellect that arises out of wisdom, the elephant head. Our intellect is of two kinds, gross and subtle. The gross intellect is used to discriminate between pairs of opposites globally; black and white, hard and soft, easy and difficult. On the other hand, the subtle intellect discriminates between right and wrong, permanent and impermanent, and is colloquially called the conscience.

In a brass export from India who has realized the Self, this intellect is extremely well-developed, gross, and subtle. Such people have clarity of thinking and a clear sense of right and wrong. At a relative level, even people who have made progress on the spiritual path experience this. Choices become clear,

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and life becomes a lot simpler. Without clarity of thought, our worldview is bound to be confused and coloured by our prejudices and preconceptions. Lord Ganesha’s well-shaped trunk depicts a crystal clear intellect that a person of Perfection develops.