Lord Ganesh is one of the most important Gods in Hinduism, who is widely prayed to by devotees everywhere. Lord Ganesha is known by many names and there are various postures and forms of Ganesha. He is also known as Ekadantya and Vignaharta; the dedicated worship of Lord Ganesh has several great benefits for our lives.
There are several stories related to Lord Ganesh in Hindu mythology. Known as the lovable son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati; the various legends related to him mark his status as a great God. Lord Ganesh also had several avatars, each of which has their own significance. The Eight Avatars of Lord Ganesha are mentioned in the Mudgala Purana, an Upapurana devoted exclusively to Lord Ganesha.
Yes, he does have an elephant trunk in every single one of these avatars! Most of his lives seem to involve slaying demons! But each lifetime was different in some way, and his mode of carriage (the animal he rode) changed in certain lifetimes — in one life he rode a peacock and in another he traded his ever-reliable mouse, for a noble lion! The Lord defeats 8 weaknesses of humans in each form. These are arrogance, ego, desire, anger, greed, illusion, inebriation and jealousy. These 8 avatars materialized in different cosmic eras. Each of these avatars depicts a stage of the Ultimate which leads to creation. Lambodara – The lord with a protuberant belly.
Ganesha’s ever-present obesity is emphasized in this particular manifestation. For the Ganapatiya devotees, who consider Ganesha as the Supreme God and the Master of the Universe, the sweet given as offerings are seen like seeds of innumerable worlds inhabited by innumerable living creatures, and the god’s belly is large enough to contain within all these worlds and creatures. The Lambodara avatar of Ganesha is considered to be similar to Shakti, the pure power of Brahman. Lord Ganesha incarnated as Lambodara with the objective to eradicate the demon of anger known as Krodhasura.
Jai shri Ganesha ️👁🐂🕉📿🏻
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