Brass Ganesh big eared statue. Read below for one story of how Ganesh got his snake belt.
Ganesha or (Ganesh) is the son of Shiva and Parvati.
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities.
Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.
His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.
Hindu tradition states that Ganesha is a god of wisdom, success and good luck.
He is also giver of different types of favors.
Ganesha also has something of a reputation for greediness.
One day, after eating a few too many modakas (sacrificial cakes), Ganesha decided to take a ride on his giant rat, Kroncha, to aid his digestion.
However, the rat was surprised when he came across a large snake and, jumping back with fear, he threw off his mount. Ganesha landed on his full belly and it burst on hitting the ground.
The cakes from his stomach rolled left, right and centre but Ganesha, unperturbed, carefully gathered them in, stuffed them all back into his belly and wound the snake around his midriff to keep it closed.
Symbolic of Ganesha’s ability to overcome all obstacles, the snake, the cause of the accident in the first place, therefore provided the remedy for the damage it had caused.
This is but one of many varied stories of Ganesh. The cobra is the symbol of his father, Shiva and in much lore his belt of a snake is because of this.
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