is a son of shiva and parvati, and is considered as the master
of intellect and wisdom. he is depicted as a big-bellied yellow
or red god with four arms and the head of a one-tusked elephant,
riding or attended to by a mouse.
is known as aumkara, because his body mirrors the shape of
the aum, the elephant god is thus seen as the embodiment of
the cosmos. his elephantine head symbolizes the intelligence
and beatitude of the elephant, powerful, yet gentle. he is
the lord of wisdom, intelligence, education, prudence, luck
and fortune, gates, doors, doorways, household and writing.
is the remover of obstacles, and as such it is normal to invoke
him before the undertaking of any task. the wide ears denote
wisdom, ability to listen to people who seek help and of the
spiritual truth. they signify the importance of listening
in order to assimilate ideas. ears are used to gain knowledge.