Friday, August 20, 2010

ganesh

File:Ganesha Basohli miniature circa 1730 Dubost p73.jpg

I found this on Wikimedia Commons, and I think it is interesting that the fragrance of the lotus is the god’s primary weapon against demonic evil. I cite the comments on the image in full since I think they are very interesting:

“This work is reproduced and described in Martin-Dubost, Paul (1997). Gaņeśa: The Enchanter of the Three Worlds. MumbaFile:Ganesha Madras.jpgi: Project for Indian Cultural Studies. ISBN 81-900184-3-4, p. 73, which says: "Attired in an orange dhoti, his body is enitirely red. On the three points of his tiny crown, budding lotuses have been fixed. Gaṇeśa holds in his two right hands the rosary and a cup filled with three modakas (a fourth substituted by the curving trunk is just about to be tasted). In his two left hands, Gaṇeśa holds a large lotus above and an axe below, with its handle leaning against his shoulder. In the Mudgalapurāṇa (VII, 70), in order to kill the demon of egotism (Mamāsura) who had attacked him, Gaṇeśa Vighnarāja throws his lotus at him. Unable to bear the fragrance of the divine flower, the demon surrenders to Gaṇeśa.’”

Do you all use fragrance to ward off sin and egoism, or do you use it to enhance your vices, I wonder?

CREDITS: “Ganesha getting ready to throw his lotus.” Basohli miniature, circa 1730. National Museum, New Delhi.

“Ganesha, o deus hindu do conhecimento.” from http://www.madras.com.br/, Madras Editora Ltda.

2 comments:

  1. Haha! I think there is a place for both... Meanwhile I have a friend called Ganesh who is recovering from a serious illness, so if there's any chance that lotus-themed perfumes might ward off complications, they could be worth investigating!

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  2. I hope the lotus helps your fiend. Somehow I think it might@

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