Lord Ganesh Paintings
Ganapati, Gajanan, Vinayak or Lord Ganesh, is one of the most popular Hindu Gods. Here is a brief introduction to Lord Ganesh, with his beautiful paintings from India and other countries. Although Ganesh is known as a Hindu deity, it is not of Vedic origin. Apart from Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is a deity in Jainism and Buddhism also. So the worship of Lord Ganesh goes beyond Hindus and India. Apart from India, the deity is worshiped in all Buddhist dominated countries and regions including China-Tibet, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Jawa, Sumatra, Indonesia etc. It is also worshiped by tribal communities.
Ganesh is a son of Shiv and Parvati. Ganesh has an elephant head which makes him different and unique. His vehicle is rat or mouse, which is another unique feature of this deity. Ganesh is always shown riding on the mouse or the mouse is present near him in his paintings and idols. He is known as God of wisdom and knowledge, as well as patron of arts and science. He is also known as an anti-obstacle God, and most Hindus start any new work only after worshiping him.
In India there are many temples specially devoted to Lord Ganesh. Every year there is a Lord Ganesh Festival in many parts of India. The festival is celebrated for 2 to 10 days. The devotees bring an idol of Lord Ganesh to their homes and worship it. Many renowned actors of Bollywood also celebrate this festival. A public festival is also celebrated in many regions of India, but it is more popular in Maharashtra, a West Coast state of India.
Origin of Lord Ganesh
Lord Ganesh is a mythical God. He appeared in Indian culture in as early as 4th Century C.E. However his origin goes back to pre-Vedic India, that is 3rd Millennium before Common Era. It seems that Ganesh was related to aboriginal pre-Vedic cult of India and later he was absorbed in Vedic Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Interestingly, the earliest known image of Lord Ganesh is not from India, but from Burma. This 5th Century image was found in a Shiv temple in Burma. According to many historians, Lord Ganesh did not exist before 5th Century.
He was worshiped particularly by Merchants and traders between 5th to 12th century. The earliest references to Lord Ganesh in inscriptions are related to merchant community.
Lord Ganesh Idols and Paintings
There are many beautiful idols of Lord Ganesh world over. The idols are made in regional styles. There are huge idols and also miniature idols. The idols are made from various types of materials, including Gold, Silver, Copper, Brass, Stone, Clay etc. Some people like to carve idol of Lord Ganesh on Rice Grain.
Like idols, Lord Ganesh also appears in paintings. I am sharing herewith some rare paintings of Lord Ganesh.
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