Thursday, September 01, 2011

Shri Ganesha Chaturthi Greetings

Shri Ganesha, Bangladesh, 11-12th century.

I was a little late posting this; Ganesha Chaturthi was on Thursday this year, and it's now the early hours of Friday. Anyway, this Hindu festival is an auspicious day sacred to the Elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Lady Parvati. Chatur means 'four', referring to the fourth day of the lunar cycle, at this time of year. The number four is associated with Lord Ganesha, who is connected with the earth and the foundation of all things.
He is usually depicted with four arms, (though often with more) perhaps representing the four directions of space, as He gives us our sense of direction. He also rules over the carbon atom, which has four valencies, and is the basis of life.
In Australia, the land of Shri Ganesha, this special day also coincides with the start of Spring, when the earth becomes fragrant.


Cindy Flowers said...

Yes, as far as I know Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is one of the most important Hindu festival. And it's never late to post something about something. ;-) Keep it up and keep posting.

P.S. wikipedia has gave me some info about Ganesh Chaturthi so I've some basic knowledge. Happy Ganesh chautrhti!

jeronimus said...

Hi Cindy. Thanks for the encouragement. Wikipedia is wonderful. It's a work in progress, and there are some errors, but this in understandable considering the enormity of the info there.