Jade Lord Ganesh:
23cm tall/18cm wide
Hand crafted from a single piece of Jade and surrounded by eighteen carat gold motives, this extraordinary one off work of art has been lovingly created with love & devotion.
Traditionally, any shubh karya (auspicious work or activity) in Hinduism is begun with an invocation to Lord Ganesh. This ritualistic practice is an indicator of the fact that Ganesh is probably the most popular of the numerous gods in the Hindu pantheon. It is not just thanks to His lovable image, as the elephant-god, that Ganesh is so appealing. His devotees find his entire being a vast treasure trove of symbols and feel blessed when they meditates on them.
What He symbolises :
It is believed that the Hindu sages conceptualised the rup or murti (forms) of the different gods in keeping with the attributes they wanted to portray through them. When we look at the number of meanings in the rup of Ganesh, this does seem very true. Here are some of the most important symbols associated with Ganesh.
His broad crown is an invitation to think big.
The tiny eyes speak of the importance of concentration and attention to detail for success in any foray.
One chief form of concentration is to listen to others more, and talk less. This is symbolised by the huge elephantine ears and small mouth He sports.
Ganesh has only one tusk, with the other broken off. This symbolises the importance of holding on only to the good and discarding the bad.
The trunk of Ganesh symbolises the importance of being efficient and adaptable in order to be successful in one's ventures. The curvature is also said to represent the rising of the kundalini (spiritual energy that is believed to be coiled serpent-like at the base of the spine) powers.
His large tummy points to the necessity of digesting all that life has to offer—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The abhaya mudra (gesture of fearlessness) of His lower right hand symbolises Ganesh's blessings and protection on a person's journey through life, especially the spiritual one.
In His upper right hand, Ganesh usually holds an axe, with which He is said to cut of all attachments.
He pulls the devotee nearer to the spiritual path by the rope that He carries in His upper left hand.
He offers rewards for penances (sadhana) done with the modak (type of confection, usually made from rice flour and a stuffing of jaggery, coconut, etc.) He holds in His lower left hand.
The bowls and baskets of offerings at Ganesh's feet are there to symbolise that the entire world, and all its choicest pleasures, are out there for the taking.
Ganesh's tiny pet and vehicle, his mouse, bowing down close by, is there to indicate that though a little desire is good, it is essential for one to master it. You have to ride your desires and not vice versa.
Other related meanings
The numerous stories of Ganesh, and His love for His parents, Shiv and Parvati, are meant to teach that experience deserves respect, especially in the form of ones parents and guardians.
Ganesha is supposed to have two wives, Siddhi (success) and Riddhi (prosperity). The symbolism means that if one walks on the path set by Ganesh, success and prosperity are bound to be always by ones side.
It is difficult to miss the fact that Ganesh is one very unusual god. For one, devotees seem to find him the most approachable. Is it because of His elephant head? Is it because He is fat, not fit? The devotion bestowed on Him despite His seeming imperfections may serve us a lesson—that of accepting others just as they are.
Jade assists you in connecting to your inner self – the Divine within. It brings you joy, love, prosperity and abundance. Used as a protector, it also brings in an appreciation and openness to beauty and serenity. Jade provides clarity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. It is the stone of peace, bringing serenity to your mind by releasing negative thoughts. It’s a stone of balance and healing, and alleviates anxiety and fear based emotions. Jade assists in seeing the truth in all situations. Place it under your pillow to aid in dream recall. It helps in the creation of your dreams into reality and helps you to put things into perspective, remain calm under pressure and detach yourself from surrounding drama.
The use of jade makes this amazing piece even more spiritually meaningful.