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Ganesha Lord of Obstacles by GENZOMAN Ganesha Lord of Obstacles by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! There goes an image done time ago for NatGeo: Everything Mythology. Ganesh is one of my favorite gods of Hind pantheon. I hope you like it :)
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Ganesha is one of the most popular deities in the Hindu pantheon. He is closely associated with the daily lives of millions of Hindus even today. As he is reputed to be a remover of obstacles he is propitiated before the beginning of any new venture whether it is the building of a new house, the writing of a book, the beginning of a journey or the starting of a new business. His images adorn the walls of innumerable business establishments across India. It is customary for businessmen to seek his blessings each morning before they get down to business. Ganesha is also the god of wisdom and prudence. These qualities are signified through his two wives: Buddhi (wisdom) and Siddhi (prudence). Ganesha has a thorough knowledge of the scriptures and is a superb scribe. This latter quality is manifest through the fact that he is the scribe to whom Vyas Dev (the narrator of the Hindu epic Mahabharata) narrated his enormous epic. Ganesha did this work so thoroughly that the Mahabharata is one of the most harmonious works in the Hindu scriptures. Scholars, both mythical and historical, explain that this is so because, before undertaking to do the work, Ganesha stipulated that the dictation should never falter and that he should, at all times, be able to understand what was being said. Thus, it is not strange that such a conscientious god is propitiated by all and sundry.Ganesha is represented as a short, pot-bellied man with yellow skin, four arms and an elephant's head with only one tusk. In his four hands he customarily holds a shell, a chakra (discus), a mace and a water-lily. His unusual steed is a rat. Ganesha is the second son of Shiva and Parvati. There are many versions of how he was conceived. The most popular version is narrated hereunder.Shiva and Parvati were leading a quiet life on Mount Kailash, Shiva's habitual abode. In fact, life was too quiet and sedate for Parvati, who had nothing much to do all day as her chosen lord was mostly either immersed in deep meditation or obfuscated by the fumes of ganja (marijuana). For company there was Nandi, Shiva's bull, and his host of ghosts, who are said to inhabit Kailash and give Shiva company, especially when he smokes ganja and wants some song and dance to liven things up a bit. Of course, Parvati was feeling bored and wanted someone she could be more involved with. So she began to call upon Vishnu in prayer to grant her a son. Vishnu soon granted her wish and Parvati gave birth to a beautiful boychild she named Ganesha.At birth, Ganesha was a perfectly normal boy, with perfect features and body parts, as befits one conceived by a goddess. How he got an elephant's head is another story. Parvati was so pleased at his birth and so proud of his beauty that she invited all the gods and goddesses to come to Kailash and admire him. All the celestial beings came and admired and blessed the boy except Sani (Saturn), Parvati's own brother. This was because Sani had been cursed by his wife and the impact of the curse was that as soon as he looked at someone that person was instantly reduced to ashes.Naturally, Sani was somewhat reluctant to cause the incineration his own sister's newborn baby but Parvati was feeling so elated that she threw caution to the winds and pleaded with Sani to at least cast his eyes once upon the boy. Sani, perforce, to please his sister, came and, holding his newborn nephew in his arms, hesitatingly gave him one look. That was enough to do the damage. Ganesha's head flew off as soon as his uncle looked at him. Parvati started crying bitterly but Brahma, who was present at this time, comforted her and said that if the head of the first creature that was found would be cut off and transplanted on Ganesha's neck he would live. So Vishnu, who was also present, set off on Garuda in search of any animal he may find. He had to travel all the way down Mount Kailash before, at the foothills, he found an elephant dozing on a riverbank. He immediately cut off the elephant's head and came back.Thus, this is how Ganesha got his pachyderm head. That he is pot-bellied is not a sign of any particular ugliness. The Hindu idea of beauty portrays both men and women with pot-bellies as these are signs of well-fed prosperity.The elephant's head that Vishnu brought for Ganesha was perfect in all respects, with two tusks, but the pot-bellied god is habitually shown with only one tusk. The story behind how he lost one tusk makes interesting telling.Shiva was in the habit of intruding upon Parvati while she was bathing. This was rather infrequently, only when that god was not under the influence of ganja. Anyway, Parvati found this habit of her forgetful lord rather annoying. One day, when the beautiful goddess was about to get a bath in the water of a pool inside a cave, she took the precaution of positioning Ganesha, her favorite son, at the entrance of the cave. She strictly instructed him not to let anybody in while she was inside. So it was that Ganesha stood guard while his mother bathed inside till he spied his father ambling towards the cave. Coming up to the cave entrance, Shiva demanded admittance but Ganesha stood his ground bravely and refused to allow his father in.Shiva was astounded at this. He protested that no-one had the right to keep him away from his rightful wife but Ganesha did not budge from his post saying that he would not disobey his mother's instructions. Shiva, hot-tempered as he was, flew into a terrific rage and attacked his own son. Ganesha parried his father's attack and both fought for quite some time. All this while Parvati unwittingly went on bathing inside, unaware that her ablutionary precaution was causing unforeseen dissension within her family. Son and father fought till, at last, Shiva hurled his trident, his supreme weapon, at his son. Ganesha would not parry this as, to do so, would be to show great disrespect for his father. So he took the blow from the trident on one tusk, which broke off. At this point in time, Parvati emerged from her bath and, perceiving what has been going on, hastened to bring amity back to her family. Since then Ganesha, benevolent initiator, has had one tusk.There is another interesting story pertaining to Ganesha and his brother Karttikeya. Both wanted to marry Buddhi and Siddhi. So, at last, they decided between themselves that the first of them to circumnavigate the earth entirely would get their hands in marriage. Karttikeya set out on foot to circle the earth but Ganesha sat at home studying the scriptures. After long years of travel Karttikeya returned, only to find that his brother was already married to the two ladies. Ganesha had stayed at home and studied the scriptures and, through his studies, had gone round the earth in much lesser time than his more physical and less astute brother, Karttikeya, had on foot.

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devraptor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
One correction, Ganesha destroys obstacles and God of knowledge. He's not lord of obstacles
Jai-Ti Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
to be honest, I didn't read the description... but dam this is a veryyyy nice drawing :D
AdrianVonNightshade Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
i love the picture
bit of creative criticism though in Hinduism only humanoid Gods are blue
TimelordFandango Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
This is probably your most beautiful work yet.
JenniferWeekley Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wonderfully done as always!
Very-Boring Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
What an awesome design! I love cool edgy takes on religious icons.
artdog22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Really cool drawing and creature.
Can i propose some gods that deserves to be drawn?
Erebus: greek god/titan of chaos father of creation (i think)
Skōll & Háti: the sons of Fenrir that hunts the Sun and the moon
Bramah: the creator of the universe in Hindu myths 

ps: sorry if i'm such a jerk to propose them...
Saiyan5Nine-Tails Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Saw this art used in a National Geographics book for Kids.
TotalFantasy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do Krishna XD
spike360 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
The elephant god himself! I remember seeing Ganesh in the background of Dhalsim's level on Street Fighter.
ivantkachuk Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
man that guy like " you ant getting my chips"
DarkFantasy234 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Your art is beautiful but please do some research and get your facts straight. You have got all the myths jumbled up. I'm really bothered by the reaction of people towards my God because of your incorrect information.
corbyndotyreference Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
smite pls
lovealot4444444 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
He sounds like a dick.
varun7791 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
so do you
lovealot4444444 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
I know right? What the fuck is wrong with me? I am the second biggest asshole in the world!!!! Right next to your whore moms asshole.
varun7791 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
so should i take that you live in a graveyard??
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varun7791 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Oh and i forgot to tell that you were promoted to world's number 1 asshole 16 years ago!!!!
lovealot4444444 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! :iconhappyplz:
SavageScribe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is simply majestic. I could imagine this say, the God Is Dead comic series.
Natt-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
This one is very well done!
Estonius Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Epically cool!!
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Then does that make him the personification of driving mortals to enraged madness?
vee-kay Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and wonderful!
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
zeca3D Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Aoi-no-Kokoro Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Nice work!
IsaiahParker Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pradyumdesikan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Did you by chance, live stream or record this one? I would love to watch it. I'm an Indian and i say this and your Shiva pieces were AWESOME!
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Sadly I did´t recorded this one. :(
shula6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Ive been for this piece! Excellent work.
WayneKelly Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Your Work Always Stuns Me. Such A Vivid Perspective.
Anonymman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Very great :D (Big Grin) 
the120cxx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel motivated to get stuff started! But it's 2AM for me right now. crud.
Varadhi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
huitzlbane Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
obligatory +fav
XAxojeh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I really like this kind of work. Really amazing.
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work. :D
AZTECH2009 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art work is amazing.
Persian7 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing !! They should add Ganesha in Smite (look it up, it's a cool game :)  )
Shirakei Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
At first I thought you drew a Warcraft troll...
Alvah-and-Friends Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Artist
When I saw this I thought this was an illustration for the game Smite. But no, it's just an amazing piece. Well done :D
JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
CrossPhantoka Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
greeks had Athena, hindus had This Badass
TallestGiraffe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BloomingRoseXeniia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work :clap:
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gotta-love-furries Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Amazing work! Though it makes me shake my head to think that people still believe in mysticism-based religion. 
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