This sketch is of Lord Ganesha, who is the symbol of success and prosperity in the Indian religion of Hinduism. Every prayer begins with him and every venture too in a typical Hindu household. He is plump who likes to eat laddus and modak (sweets made from coconut), has an elephant’s head and rides a mouse. Story says he was created from mud by his mother Parvati and was given the head of an elephant by his father Shiva.
Ganesha is more like a friend than a God to people…and he is brought home in form of an idol on the festival of “Ganesha Chaturthi ” which is celebrated with much love in the month of September. The time he stays, he is worshipped and offered with prasad (food offerings), durva grass and flowers. The smell of the agarbattis (incense sticks), the ringing of the bells, the chanting of his name and the singing his hymns with friends and family brings joy and cheer to all. It becomes difficult to bid him goodbye but he is departed with love and hope since he comes back the next year again.
To me Ganesha is more than a religion or a deity, he is a part of us symbolizing potential power waiting to be harnessed. The red color denotes the power and warning at the same time meaning……if utilized it will give you success and if not utilized will create fear and failure. Let us bow to this powerful energy within us and activate it by being fearless and grounded at the same time. Om Shri Ganesha Namah.