12 Armed Ganesha: 12 Armed Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Parvati had done great tapasya (performed penance) to get Shiva as her husband as is known from the story of Marriage of Shiva and Shakti Parvati had left all luxuries of life when she married Shiva and came to live with him on Mount Kailas. One day she asked Nandi, the most devoted bull and vehicle of Shiva, to guard while she bathed. She strictly instructed Nandi not to allow anybody in. However, when Lord Shiva came home, Nandi could not ask his master not to enter his own home. Parvati was very annoyed at this disobedience by Nandi and she realized that none of the followers of Shiva can become her faithful guard. Next day before having bath, Parvati was smearing saffron and sandal paste over her body. A thought came to her mind and she collected the mud of this paste by rubbing her body. With this mud, she created an idol of a little boy. She infused life into this idol.
Parvati was very happy with her creation. She declared that the now live idol of the boy was her son. She asked her son to guard while she was bathing. The boy replied that he would not allow anyone to disturb Parvati while she bathed. Parvati handed him a staff and went to have bath. When Shiva came home, the little boy stopped him at the door and blocked his way with the help of the staff. Lord Shiva told him that it was his house but the boy would not listen to anything. He told Shiva that the wish of her mother was an order for him and he would not let anybody in. Shiva got very angry on this.
He sent his followers led by Nandi bull to move the boy from the gate and let him go inside his home. The little boy fought with the followers with his staff and defeated them. Shiva then called the other gods but the little boy could not be defeated by gods too. Even Lord Brahma could not convince the boy to give way to Shiva so that he could go in. -12 Armed Ganesha.
Now Shiva came himself to fight Ganesha and cut off his head. Here Shiva represents the higher energy and Ganesha the basic –sthoola –means we have to overcome ignorance with enlightenment by meditating in the name of god –so as to become Viganharta –be with Ganesha for the ascension / growth of soul. Parvati got annoyed and then Shiva fixed baby elephant’s head on Ganesha(12 Armed Ganesha) and so baby Ganesha was brought back to life.
Ganesha’s main four arms represent the four main divisions of human consciousness: mind, intellect, ego and the emotional reactive process. Four arms also convey the idea of four directions symbolizing omnipresence and omnipotence of Lord Ganesha. -12 Armed Ganesha.
It may be interesting to note that there is a definite meaning behind the order of hands and the objects shown in them (see the picture above). Evolutionary movement is always clockwise. First in the order is the cutter in the upper right hand, then rope in the upper left hand, then the sweet ball (modak) in the lower left hand and then the hand in the blessing pose. In the subjective process of evolution, first the doubts are removed (cutter), then a goal is fixed (Rope), then soul-joy is experienced (modak), and finally blessings of protection and deliverance.
The number of Ganesha’s arms varies; his best-known forms have between two and sixteen arms. Many depictions of Ganesha(12 Armed Ganesha) feature four arms, which is mentioned in Puranic sources and codified as a standard form in some iconographic texts. His earliest images had two arms. Forms with 14 and 20 arms appeared in Central India during the 9th and the 10th centuries. -12 Armed Ganesha.
Product Detail of 12 Armed Ganesha:
- Height: 5 cm
- Weight: 19.69 gm approx
- Material: Brass
- Design: Antique
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