Colourful Ganesha

25 Beautiful Ganesha Tattoos

Ganesha is not just the most loved god among Hindus; he is also the first god run to in dire times.

Ganesha is not just the most loved god among Hindus; he is also the first god run to in dire times.

“O, Elephant Faced One! You are so near and we are far from You. You are in and we are out; You are at home, while I’m a stranger. Yet, You have destroyed my egoity. I shall sing Your Praise forever and lay my garland of songs at Your feet.” Saint Nambiandiyadigal

"All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of their sectarian belief," says Dr. N. Singh in A Study of Hinduism. "He is both the beginning of the religion and the meeting ground for all Hindus." Not only one of the deities best-known and most widely worshiped in the Hindu pantheon; he is one of the five prime Hindu deities (the other four being: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshiped as the god of wisdom, wealth, education, knowledge, and patron of the arts and sciences.

One of the stories of the birth of this zoomorphic deity, as depicted in the Shiva Purana, goes like this: Once, while bathing, the goddess Parvati, created a boy out of the dirt of her body and assigned him the task of guarding the entrance to her bathroom. When Shiva, her husband returned, he was surprised to find a stranger denying him access, and struck off the boy's head in rage. Parvati broke down in utter grief and to soothe her, Shiva sent out his squad (gana) to fetch the head of any sleeping being who was facing the north. The gana found a sleeping elephant and brought back its severed head, which was then attached to the body of the boy. Shiva restored its life and made him the leader (pati) of his troops. Hence his name Ganapati. Shiva also bestowed a boon that people would worship him and invoke his name before undertaking any venture.

He represents both the beginning and the end of consciousness. It is his supreme energy, in this chaotic universe, which brings the order we see around us. Ganesha symbolizes effortlessness and wisdom in all forms. One must learn to remain unmoved in the face of challenges. Life is full of difficulties and hindrances but those who succeed, do so with sheer will power. This strength lies in the inner reaches of every human being. Knowledge is useless without the effort of putting it into use and vice versa. Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various manifestations.

TRADITIONALLY: Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman 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 is symbolism for both, the power of knowledge and the power of hard work which denotes wisdom. His 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 gentle implement 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 Atman. 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. The mouse represents the greed in the world that human beings are driven by. Keeping the mouse under him symbolizes the control of this greed.

In sculpture the position of Ganesha’s trunk has a symbolic meaning. If the trunk turns to the Ganesha’s left, that is the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders. To his right, the trunk represents moksha, good for renouncing the world.

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Ganesha is the teacher who teaches the art of living to all the devotees. By understanding this Hindu deity, it is possible for one to attain success and fulfillment in every aspect of life. When one chooses a Ganesha tattoos, these elements and symbols may be considered by one's own spiritual path.

Symbolism of Ganesh
Symbolism of Ganesh

HERE ARE 25 OUTSTANDING GANESHA HOMAGES:

Enjoy these 25 beautiful Ganesha tattoos!

From elojocondientes.com, Ganesha tattoo
From elojocondientes.com, Ganesha tattoo
Ganesh by Dmitriy Samohin
Ganesh by Dmitriy Samohin
Ganesh by Damion Ross LoveHateCork, Ganesha tattoo
Ganesh by Damion Ross LoveHateCork, Ganesha tattoo
Ganesh head by Paul Aherne Love Hate Cork, Ganesha tattoo
Ganesh head by Paul Aherne Love Hate Cork, Ganesha tattoo
Ganesha tattoo, qiangzi tattoo
Ganesha tattoo, qiangzi tattoo
Ganesh Molotov Tattoo
Ganesh Molotov Tattoo
by Ping Night Action Tattoo
by Ping Night Action Tattoo
Ganesh tattoo by Ping NightActionTattoo
Ganesh tattoo by Ping NightActionTattoo
Ganesh Tattoo by Genko
Ganesh Tattoo by Genko
Ganesha Tattoo by Ishmael at Lucky Devil Tattoo in Colorado Springs
Ganesha Tattoo by Ishmael at Lucky Devil Tattoo in Colorado Springs
Ganesha tattoo by Adam Natonio from Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery in Port Richey, Florida
Ganesha tattoo by Adam Natonio from Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery in Port Richey, Florida
Ganesha Back Tattoo from Terry Riberra
Ganesha Back Tattoo from Terry Riberra
Ganesh by Bernhard Olszewski, Wild at Heart Tattoo, Brisbane Australia
Ganesh by Bernhard Olszewski, Wild at Heart Tattoo, Brisbane Australia
Ganesh tattoo
Ganesh tattoo
Beautiful Ganesh tattoo
Beautiful Ganesh tattoo
by Miguel Angel
by Miguel Angel
ganesh tattoo by Pranay Shah
ganesh tattoo by Pranay Shah
by Erich Foster at Rise Above Classic Tattooing in BuffaloNY
by Erich Foster at Rise Above Classic Tattooing in BuffaloNY
by Grimmy3D Ganesh
by Grimmy3D Ganesh
by Grimmy3D, Ganesh tattoo 2
by Grimmy3D, Ganesh tattoo 2
Found on abodyofart.com
Found on abodyofart.com
From Ganesh Tatuaggio
From Ganesh Tatuaggio
GaneshSaraswati sleeve progress by Doyle @ Brookside Tattoo in Tulsa
GaneshSaraswati sleeve progress by Doyle @ Brookside Tattoo in Tulsa
From guyletatooer.com
From guyletatooer.com

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